BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism Awards 2018-2019 Grants

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MACON – Mercer University’s BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism recently announced the recipients of its 2018-2019 academic grants supporting student research in economics, finance or other related areas.

The Center, established within the Stetson School of Business and Economics in 2009 by a generous grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, awarded undergraduate students up to $2,000 in funding for each of the following research projects:

  • Kendall Garrett, senior economics and finance double-major, “Freedom to Trade and Female Empowerment”
  • Jadon Murad, sophomore international affairs major, and Mayah Waltower, junior international affairs major, “Douglas North’s Access Order in Ethiopia”
  • Sachin Khurana, junior economics, finance and management triple-major, “Public Consumption, Expenditure, Investment and Economic Growth”
  • Mary Lively, junior economics and international business double-major, and Austin Bralick, junior economics and international business double-major, “Douglas North’s Framework in Guatemala”
  • Luis Sucre, senior economics major, “The Dangers of Protectionism”
  • Madison Moore, sophomore economics and international affairs double-major, “The Economic Cost of Immigration for the Host Country”

“The research grants are the program of which we are the most proud at the BB&T Center,” said Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics and director of the Center. “By facilitating undergraduate students to pursue their research interests, we achieve two goals. First, students get to work on projects that they present at national and international conferences and potentially publish. This has a significant impact on their vitas and increases their visibility. In the past, students who have received these awards have landed important jobs or gained admission to highly reputed graduate programs. Second, the research grants allow us to fulfill our mission, which is to promote a thorough discussion of the economic and moral foundations of capitalism. I want to thank Dr. Robi Ragan, Dr. Andres Marroquin, Dr. Allen Lynch, Dr. Geoff Ngene and Dr. Kenneth Tah for advising some of these projects.”

The students will present their work at the University’s BEAR Day on April 4-5 and will use the funding present their work at national conferences of organizations such as the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Society of Business, Industry and Economics.

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