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Diversity Graduate Assistantships Available. URDM Graduate Assistantships provide support for under-represented domestic minority and women applicants in traditionally under-represented disciplines. URDM supports American-born or naturalized citizens of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian/Alaskan native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants should contact their department of interest directly to visit with potential faculty mentors and programs available. Mention the 'URDM GA'.

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Andrew & Connie Vanvig Graduate Fellowship Recipient

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It is our pleasure to announce this year's recipient of the Andrew and Connie Vanvig Graduate Fellowship.  The Vanvig Fellowship is the premier award for graduate students in Agricultural and Applied Economics. The fellowship is made possible by a generous endowment from former Department Head Andy Vanvig and his wife Connie.  The Fellowship, which includes a $5,000 award to support the winner's graduate studies, is given annually to recognize an outstanding graduate student who excels in the classroom, as a researcher, and as a University citizen.  Each awardee’s name is placed on the honor roll plaque displayed in the main hall of our department.

This year, the committee has selected Kaila Willis as the 2018-19 Andrew and Connie Vanvig Graduate Fellow.

Kaila is an outstanding student and departmental citizen. She is thoughtful and rigorous in her coursework and thesis research, and a quiet leader among her peers. The focus of her research is the economic impacts of alternative groundwater management strategies for farm operations in eastern Laramie County, where groundwater levels are dropping. She is developing models of representative farms based on interviews with farmers and secondary data. Her research will help stakeholders in the area understand the costs and benefits of different water management strategies. Kaila’s thesis research is grounded in reality, quantitatively rigorous, and will contribute to important conversations in Laramie County regarding groundwater management.

Kaila grew up on her family’s ranch located between Wheatland and Laramie. She attended Sheridan College, where she was a member of the college basketball team. After two years at Sheridan, she transferred to the University of Wyoming and completed her B.S. in Agricultural Business with minors in Finance and Psychology. She plans to pursue work in agriculture in the Rocky Mountain region following the completion of her M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics and Water Resources. Kaila will no doubt continue to excel in all that she does.

Glenn P. Roehrkasse Scholarship Recipient

magda_kondaridze_183x254.pngThis year, the AGEC graduate committee has selected Magda Kondaridze as the 2018-19 Glenn P. Roehrkasse scholarship recipient.

The Roehrkasse scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Marion Roehrkasse in memory of her husband and former AGEC faculty member Glenn Roehrkasse. The $1,000 scholarship is given to an outstanding graduate student in Agricultural and Applied Economics whose research focuses on quantitative or statistical modeling.

Magda’s research interests are in consumer behavior and applied econometrics, and her thesis research focuses on consumer food preference changes in Russia. Due to her intellectual curiosity and persistence, she has been able to make excellent progress towards her MS thesis. Additionally, she has been busy learning consumer demand models and advanced econometric methods and estimation techniques.

Her thesis gave her an opportunity to present a poster presentation at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) annual meeting in February, 2018. Magda’s paper “Consumer Food Preference Changes in Russia” and poster “Welfare Consequences of Food Price Increase in Russia” have been selected to be presented for the SAEA’s annual meetings in February, 2019.

Magda was born in the country of Georgia, where she spent her childhood in a small village where her family owns a little farm, and this is where her passionate for agriculture started. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Batumi State University with minor in Western Literature, she continued her education at the Agribusiness Teaching Centre in Armenia, which has a western-structured Texas A&M University based curriculum. She completed an internship with N(N)JP AgroService Center in the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara, where she worked on different regional projects in agriculture. Her desire to do something in the agricultural sector increased after her internship and her passione for agriculture is one of the reasons she chose the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming. When she graduates with her MS degree with minor in statistics, she will apply to PhD programs in hopes of building a career in the scientific field.

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Diversity Graduate Assistantships Available!

Diversity Graduate Assistantships Available. URDM Graduate Assistantships provide support for under-represented domestic minority and women applicants in traditionally under-represented disciplines. URDM supports American-born or naturalized citizens of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian/Alaskan native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian-American applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants should contact their department of interest directly to visit with potential faculty mentors and programs available. Mention the 'URDM GA'.

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