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Honors, awards and other recognition for our faculty members, students and their work.


 

Finance Club names favorite professor

Emiliano Giudici
Emiliano Giudici

Dr. Emiliano Giudici, professor of finance, was named Favorite Professor by the Finance Club. “Personally, this is a particularly meaningful award because it is driven by our students,” Giudici said. This is his third time to receive the award.

2022 Undergraduate Research Conference

Publications submitted from students with faculty sponsors within the Department of Economics and Finance were recognized:

Top Scholar

  • Linh Le
    "Factors That Impact the Net Expense Ratio of ETFs"
    Faculty sponsor: Emiliano Giudici
Dr. Emiliano Giudici received the 2022 Faculty Mentor of the Year award
Dr. Emiliano Giudici receives award from Dr. Lorenzo Smith
Provost Lorenzo Smith with Dr. Emiliano Giudici

"Many undergraduates perceive research as something that’s overwhelming and beyond their reach. As a mentor, my primary goal is to help them discover if research is something they could enjoy by helping them see past those perceived barriers. My secondary goal is to use the research project as a tool to help them develop confidence in their independent learning skills. The third objective is to help them produce research of publishable quality. In this process, the role of a mentor can be impactful, particularly for first-time researchers.

"Most of the pivotal moments in my life were influenced by my mentors. As a teenager, a family friend and mentor, a former Italian Air Force officer, introduced me to his passion, aviation. After a short flight in an SF-260, I applied to an aviation high school and was awarded a scholarship. Along with a diploma, I earned a private pilot’s license, which allowed me to join the Italian navy. I served as an officer. Later, with the help of another mentor, I was able to attend college in the United States where I earned my degrees.

"It is my hope that my mentoring of undergraduates goes well beyond the writing of research papers. I want them to become aware of their abilities, further develop their self-reliance, consider new possibilities for their careers and develop a curiosity that will motivate them to continue pursuing knowledge."

Dr. Rebecca Davis named AARC Bravo Award recipient

Dr. Rebecca Davis
Dr. Rebecca Davis (right) with AARC program director, Kristin Bangtson

The Academic Assistance and Resource Center recently named Dr. Rebecca Davis of the Department of Economics and Finance an AARC Bravo Award recipient. The award acknowledges her outstanding support of the AARC Supplemental Instruction program. Her SI group had the highest attendance for any group in the program during the semester. Davis continually promotes the AARC in her lectures to encourage students' growth as learners.

2021 Undergraduate Research Conference

Publications submitted from students with faculty sponsors within the Department of Economics and Finance were recognized:

Top Scholar

  • Rachel Rucker
    "County Level Changes Alone Predicted Biden Win in Both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin"
    Faculty sponsor: Ryan Phelps

2020 Undergraduate Research Conference

Publications submitted from students with faculty sponsors within the Department of Economics and Finance were recognized:

Top Scholar

Finalists

2019 Undergraduate Research Conference

Publications submitted from students with faculty sponsors within the Department of Economics and Finance were recognized:

Top Scholar

  • Kia Fisker
    "European Labor Market Policies and Unemployment Rates"
    Faculty sponsor: Stephen Kosovich

Finalists

Economics alumna visits campus as guest speaker

McKenna Maxwell and Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev
McKenna Maxwell, manager of data science and analytics at Dallas-based MPower Practice Management, with Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Department Chair and Professor

McKenna Maxwell '05 returned to campus in 2019 to meet with current students and impart career wisdom while touting the college’s impact on her education.

“I got a great education from SFA because of professors who are invested with their students and where they go from there,” Maxwell said. “They keep in contact with graduates after they leave, they’re always willing to help, and they gave me an education that is comparable or better than what I would’ve gotten anywhere else. Being able to count on a close, personal relationship with professors gives SFA students a leg up compared to some of the bigger schools in Texas.”

Dr. Mark Scanlan receives Bright Spots: Teaching award

Scanlan
Dr. Mark Scanlan, professor

The award, presented by the SFA Faculty Senate, the Center for Teaching and learning, and university vice presidents, recognizes faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond to create positive learning experiences for students.

It was a group of SFA students who coined the term “Scanlanomics” in recognition of one of their favorite economics professors, Dr. Mark Scanlan. "Many students express that Mark is not only great at delivering difficult material and making it relatable, but also caring, understanding and accessible," said Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, department chair. "Every semester, there are at least a handful of student comments on class evaluations declaring Mark to be the best professor, and that is no small feat for someone teaching economics."

Through an online prediction game, Fredcast, developed by the Federal Reserve Bank, students predict key economic variables. Scanlan designates a day each month for students to discuss their predictions and research, with the goal of making the material “meaningful, interesting and relevant for students.” He invites banking guest lecturers to visit his class and discuss different topics the students have learned in his money and banking course. Read more.

 

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