Banner year for Mount Allison economics grads

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In the Econ Zone, from left to right, Mount Allison University honours economics students Adib Rahman, Thalusi Krishnan, Cory Langlais, Jeff Hicks, Ruth Donald, Martin Sers, (standing second-year student, Philippe LeBoeuf) and Marc Lalonde.  

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison University’s graduating honours economics class has places to go next year.

Seven students have been accepted to graduate school with scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $31,000, with a group total of $130,129.

Of the two who opted to go into the workforce, Ruth Donald will be an intern for the Canadian Embassy in Berlin in their economic analysis group and Advait Vij will be working for KPMG Consulting.

“This year’s group is truly amazing,” said economics professor Craig Brett.

“On the surface, they are so different. There is a mature student, a transfer student, students straight from high school, international students, some who have been on international exchanges, a student athlete, and active volunteers. Some have had a relatively unhindered path to their degree and others have had to overcome significant challenges. But now they have at least one thing in common: they all know a heck of a lot of economics. And they all deserve the recognition and success they are now receiving.”

Through the course of their time at Mount Allison, the students have ended up close friends, often working together outside their economic professors’ offices in an area nicknamed “the Econ Zone.” 

“Three words come to mind when I think about my time studying economics at Mount Allison – intimate, challenging and rewarding,” said student Cory Langlais.

This closeness has had unexpected advantages for them.

“They work hard and they both challenge and support each other. I remember one day, about half an hour before a test I was giving, they all were just outside my office – in the econ zone – quizzing each other on the finer points of advanced microeconomic theory. I had two reactions. First, it was extremely gratifying to hear a group of young adults talk so wisely and intelligently about the subject matter. Second, I came to the realization that they were all going to ace my midterm – and they did,” said Brett. 

The class of ’14 includes Marcus Greenlaw from Halifax, NS, who will attend the University of Victoria, Cory Langlais of Tetagouche, NB, will attend the University of Toronto, Marc Lalonde from Dieppe, NB, who will attend the University of Western Ontario, and Martin Sers from Antigonish, NS will attend Carleton University. International students Thalusi Krishnan, who is from Bangalore, India, will attend McMaster University and Adib Rahman from Dhaka, Bangladesh, will attend Wyoming University for its top-rated environmental economics masters program.

Jeff Hicks from London, ON is off to Queen’s University with a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship and a total scholarship package of $31,000.

“The economics department is phenomenal, certainly one of the best undergraduate departments in the country. I think we all agree on this,” said Hicks.


Organizations: Mount Allison University, Canadian Embassy, KPMG Consulting SSHRC University of Victoria University of Toronto University of Western Ontario Carleton University McMaster University Wyoming University

Geographic location: Berlin, Halifax, Tetagouche Dieppe Antigonish Bangalore India Dhaka Bangladesh London, ON Queen

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