Economics PhD Students Make Clean Sweep at the Graduate Student Research Forum

For release:  April 2, 2015

FCBE Ph.D. Economics students received the first and second place awards at the annual Student Research Forum. Jobu Babin, was awarded 1st Place for his research and presentation of his paper “Mostly Cloudy with a Chance of Flu: Influenza Trends and their Bearing on Stock Market Behavior.” Kayhan Koleyni took 2nd place with his paper and performance of “Financial Crisis and Economic Interdependence: Mexico and the USA.”

“We are extremely proud of both students’ efforts. These awards reflect not only the high-caliber of their research, but also the top-quality economics program offered at Fogelman College,” said Dr. Bill Smith, chair of the Economics Department.

The University of Memphis Student Research Forum is an annual event that showcases the diverse research of undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose is to provide a venue for students matriculating at the University to present their research to a panel of faculty judges in their respective disciplines. This forum enables students to develop their presentation skills and present their research in a formal, supportive environment.