Departmental Honors

Majors in their senior year with Economics GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the Fall semester of that year are eligible. The Department invites them to apply for departmental honors at the beginning of the Spring semester of their senior year. December graduates would be eligible to apply in the prior year Spring semester. December graduates must contact the Department Chair in the Spring semester to discuss their eligibility.

Applicants submit a portfolio of what they feel is their best research paper in economics, re-done in clean copy. Include a cover essay of four to ten pages which explains the applicant's intellectual development as an economist, and describe how the paper promoted their understanding of economics. This is a blind submissions to the Economics Department, 239 Old Mill, so students should identify themselves and their work on a separate sheet of paper. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their selection of research paper with their advisor. A committee of Economics Department faculty members selects students for departmental honors. The diplomas of students who achieve departmental honors will note that fact.

College Honors

The College Honors Program, designed for superior students with unusual initiative and intellectual curiosity, provides an opportunity to pursue two-semesters (six credits) of independent research under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Students may pursue a thesis or creative project. Students may apply for College Honors if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher. Students who wish to pursue College Honors must submit their applications early in the first term of their senior year (please see Important Dates for deadlines). Students who wish to consider undertaking a College Honors project during their junior year should contact the Dean's Office for information concerning the circumstances in which such an exceptional arrangement is possible.

Honors College

UVM's Honors College brings together outstanding students in a residential learning community.

Department Awards and Scholarships

The following awards and scholarships are given by the department to Economics majors. Financial need may be considered in some of the following awards. Students must apply for consideration for these awards and for certain awards such as the Milton J. Nadworny or the Amato/Nadworny Award must prepare and submit additional materials to the department.

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Honoring Achievement

Students in the economics department are recognized for outstanding efforts. As a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honors Society for economics, majors and minors who excel are inducted into the society in an awards ceremony every spring semester. This honor can be helpful to students’ future career advancement, and gives them a way to stay connected to the field.

Also each year, the department awards up to eight prizes: the John H. Converse Award, the Freeman Saltus Award, the Anthony S. Campagna Award, the Milton J. Nadworny Award, the Philipp H. Lohman Memorial Scholarship, the Mark J. Zwynenburg Memorial Scholarship, the S. William Gerston Scholarship and the Amato-Nadworny Scholarship.

Past winners of the awards are listed here.