November 6, 2006
Econ grad student receives award in memory
of late professor
By Jennifer McNulty
Lauren Malone, a Ph.D. student in economics, has received the
first award from the Eileen L. Brooks Memorial Fund.
The award honors the memory of
faculty member Eileen Brooks (above) who died in February.
Malone received the award, which this year carried a $1,500
cash prize, on October 13 during the 9th Annual Conference on
International Economics cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Center
for International Economics (SCCIE).
The award honors the memory of Eileen Brooks, an assistant
professor of economics at UCSC who died of cancer in February
at the age of 33. The award, which will be presented annually,
recognizes a graduate student of economics for outstanding work
in international trade. The fund was created from donations
by the Brooks family and Brooks's friends and campus colleagues.
Third-year graduate students were invited to apply for the
award, and the selection was based on their performance to date
in courses and on exams, as well as on evidence of their research
potential, based on their dissertation prospectus or an academic
paper. The selection committee was made up of faculty members
of the economics Ph.D. program committee and department chair
Kletzer presented the award and check to Malone during the
after-dinner program on the first day of the annual SCCIE conference.
Brooks was memorialized during the gathering by Kletzer, Andrew
Bernard, the Jack Byrne Professor of International Economics
at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and Marc
Melitz, associate professor of economics at Princeton University.
The first session of the conference was also dedicated to Brooks's