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Resource Economics Seniors Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore to Enter Peace Corps

Two outstanding seniors, both resource economics majors, have plans to enter the Peace Corps starting this summer.

Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore, two students with similar career aspirations, will be tasked with two very different areas of work over the next two years. Mack, who is majoring in both resource economics and nutrition, will be traveling to Belize to become a Health Resource Advisor, working with administrative health and schools to educate them about non-communicable diseases. Moore, on the other hand, will be going to Africa to teach secondary math…in French!

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Celebrating Graduation 20,000 Feet Up

ResEc alum Alex Calder, and his fellow UMass roommate Jeff Rogers summited Alaska’s Mount McKinley, located in the Denali National Park and Preserve, this past May. 


2015 Experimental Economics Workshop, Hosted by the Willis Lab

The Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Lab hosted a Workshop in Experimental and Behavioral Economics on June 8, 2015.  Researchers joined us from prestigious institutions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania.  These institutions include Smith College, Williams College, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Westfield State University, UMass Lowell, Middlebury, the University of Connecticut, St. Lawrence University and Lafayette College. Discussions included investigations of Auction institutions, including those to raise money for Charities, Labor Market issues including work under pressure and a Political Economy study focused on Procedural Justice.This workshop allowed us to better understand what other researchers in our field are working on and will help us to identify areas of common interest and potential collaboration.

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More information on the Willis Lab can be found HERE 

Julie Caswell, Spotlight Scholar

Congratulations to Julie Caswell who received recognition as a spring 2015 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. The Spotlight Scholar program, launched in the fall of 2010, publicly acknowledges highly-accomplished faculty and their professional achievements. Julie is being recognized for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the field of economics of food safety and nutrition. >>More

Sorelle Mbakup - 2015 21st Century Leader

Sorelle Kevine Chimi Mbakup was selected as one of the 2015 21st Century Leaders. This honor is awarded to 10 graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness. We are very proud that Sorelle earned one of these prestigious awards.

Sorelle came to the U.S. from Cameroon at age 9. She graduated this may with a double major in Resource Economics and Journalism. Her goal is: to improve the living standards of people, especially those in developing nations. Sorelle was attracted to the Resource Economics major by ResEcon 121 – Hunger in a Global Economy. She hopes to enter the Peace Corps with an assignment in Africa. After completing that assignment, she hopes to work for the United Nations, the World Bank, or the African Development Bank.

Sorelle is truly a global citizen and has a strong global perspective: “We live in a globalized world. It is not enough to stay in one country.” She has two study abroad experiences in India and Africa where, in addition to her main study abroad responsibilities, she also volunteered at an orphanage (in India) and helping poor people (Africa). 

Sorelle volunteered on campus as President of the Resource Economics Society, as a member of the African Student Union and was a writing tutor to low-income junior and senior high school students in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also wrote for the Daily Campus.  We will miss having Sorelle help lead our Department and are grateful to have such a wonderful scholar in our class of 2015. Congratulations Sorelle!