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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics honors outstanding TAs

The Graduate Committee of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics recently announced the department’s Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Prizes for academic year 2019-2020.

The honorees, listed below, were selected for their commitment to excellent teaching, hard work and accomplishments.

Outstanding Undergraduate TA Prize: Itzel De Haro Lopez

Itzel is a PhD student in Agricultural and Applied Economics interested in development and labor economics. She studies the relationship between economic growth and crime related to Drug Trafficking Organizations in Mexico. She has taught courses in commodity markets and introduction to agricultural and applied economics. In teaching, Itzel draws on her experience as a student in a research center in Mexico, where she engaged in meaningful discussions with professors and students. As a teaching assistant, she enjoys the opportunity to dialogue with her students on topics related to economics, such as poverty and inequality.

Outstanding Graduate TA Prize: Pukitta Chunsuttiwat

Pukitta is interested in the economics of waste management. She believes that waste management has a tremendous impact on the environment and is a highly underdeveloped area of human civilization. One of her projects explores the relationship between hazardous waste flow and disposal taxes in the United States. Her second project examines factors that determine the diversion of plastic scraps in the global market after China imposed an import ban. Pukitta worked as a TA for the foundation of environmental economics and the REDA’s applied econometrics course. She gains much satisfaction from finding a simple and relatable way to explain a complicated concept. She strives to make her class as interactive and engaging as possible.

Honorable Mention for Undergraduate Teaching: Ana Paulo Melo

Ana is a 5th year PhD candidate and she studies topics in economics of education and inequality in opportunity, mostly focused in higher education in Brazil. She taught the course The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy, her first teaching experience at UW-Madison. The topics explored in that class summarize the importance to think about development as a global issue and the ways one can contribute to reduce world inequality. To Ana, teaching is a way to bring her own research into practice, which she considers central to a full academic experience.