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Annual J. Fagg Foster Awards Ceremony

This ceremony is named for the beloved economics professor, the late J. Fagg Foster. Foster served as a faculty member at the University of Denver in the Department of Economics for three decades. Professor Foster defined economics as the study of how the means of life and experience are provided. He spent his career trying to replace misunderstandings of human behavior that contaminate economic theory and practice, as well as scientific inquiry at large. Foster's comparative, historical approach to the study of economics influenced countless students with enthusiasm for the world of ideas.

The J. Fagg Foster Award is presented every year to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the undergraduate study of economics.

In addition to the J. Fagg Foster Award, the Department of Economics awards the Satish Raichur award for a graduate students who has demonstrated excellence in the study of Political Economy.

Prof. Raichur was department chair when he suddenly died of a heart attack in June 1980 at the untimely age of 34. He was devoted to the diversity of cultures and of ideas, which led to his dedication to this Department's being a home for the consideration of alternative ideas in economics.

Recent Award Recipients

Grace Lamendola
J. Fagg Foster Award Recipient

Grace LaMendola is the recipient of the 2020 J. Fagg Foster Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Study of Economics. Grace is a third-year student in economics and international studies from Dallas, Texas. She has committed to a dual degree program and will be continuing her work at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies to obtain her master's degree in global finance, trade and economic integration.

Allie Coulter
Satish Raichur Award Recipient

Allie Coulter is the first recipient of the 2020 Satish Raichur Award. Allie has worked at Lockheed Martin Space since an internship in 2015, and is now a senior analyst on the Strategy team where she leads financial modeling and forecasting projects that inform investment decisions. After her MA is complete, she hopes to learn to code in order to bolster her analytics skills to transition to get a job in the tech industry.

Abby Magnus
Satish Raichur Award Recipient

Abby Magnus is the second recipient of the 2020 Satish Raichur Award. Abby is from Corrales, New Mexico. She received her Masters of Social Work and now her MA in economics through the University of Denver. Abby is currently working at the State Innovation Exchange where she preforms legislative research and analysis.

Past Award Recipients

  • J. Fagg Foster Award

    2020

    Grace LaMendola 

    2019

    Brenn Anderson-Gregson

    John “Marcus” Dockerty

    Jacquelyn English

    Elizabeth Lochhead

    Samuel Pargament

    Ryan Taylor

    2018

    Morgan Smith

    Sydney Donati-Leach

    2017

    Bryce Anderson-Gregson

    2016

    Xinghang Lu

    Madeline Doering

    Alexandra Hoffman

    2015

    Alexandra Coulter

    Thomas Tarler

    2014

    Anita Balakrishnan

    Deshae Gehr

    Lily Montesano

    2013

    Samuel Kauffman

    Zachary Gonzales

    2012

    Caitlin Hendee

    Sarah McEahern

    2011

    Reina Gong

    Kyle J. McDonald

    2010

    Evan M. Corzine

    2009

    Michael O. Sajovetz

    2008

    Elizabeth Hansen

    Logan Mrtin

    Tomas Merrill

  • Satish Raichur Award

    2020

    Allie Coulter 

    Abby Magnus

    2019

    Sumaiya Saif

    2017

    Chen “Cassie” Chen

    Elen Murvanidze

    2016

    Danyi Wang

    2015

    Matthew Silva

    2014

    Kyle Glenn

    2013

    Nicole Alexander

    Sira Nukulkit

    2012

    Alexander Spray

    2011

    Marcus C. Fresques

    Dustin J. Page

    2010

    Rachel F. Hartgen

    2009

    Luisa Sanchez de Tagle

    2008

    Edgar Luna