A graduate of the Middlesex School in Concord, M.A., Sam Tweed '16 received a lacrosse scholarship at UVM and played defense for the Cats. In the classroom, he chose a double major in economics and math.

“I had always been strong in math and developed an interest in economics while taking an AP course in high school – it seemed a good combination,” he recalls. “I thought it would be a useful combination for an economics PhD program at some point.”

 At UVM he found many opportunities to refine his skills and apply them in real-world settings.He spent a summer in Hanover, N.H. participating in the highly selective Bridge Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. The 30-day intensive program sharpened his skills in accounting, finance, microeconomics and strategy. The same summer, he worked as an economic research intern for the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office in Montpelier. Working with senior economist Joyce Manchester, he co-authored a paper illustrating Vermont tax revenues by age group in order to project future budget positioning as the state’s population continues to age. 

“It was a really big opportunity, working with a highly-respected economist on questions the state will be facing. Art Woolf (professor of economics) was instrumental in helping me get the internship.”

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Kevin Coburn