Honors and Awards
Economics Departmental Honors
Students who meet the requirements for Economics Department Honors (criteria below) are recognized at the Spring Economics Department Awards Ceremony where they are presented with a certificate and an honors graduation cord. In addition, an indication of “Honors” will be on both the student’s transcript and diploma.
Students who meet the department standards are also eligible to join the International Economics Honors Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon. Membership information can be found here: www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org
You must complete the Economics Departmental Honors Application. Students must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum GPA of 3.5 in Economics and a minimum 3.2 overall GPA
Go to your MySJSU and check your transcript for your overall GPA and to calculate your ECON GPA.
Grade symbols and values
How to calculate your GPA
- Have graduating senior standing
- Have support from a faculty sponsor (a professor you know well)
2018 Application Deadline: April 6, 2018
2018 Honorees List (pdf)
President's and Dean's Scholars
SJSU offers a number of honors designations, honors such as “cum laude” are automatically awarded to all SJSU students who graduate with a particular GPA (3.5, 3.7, or 3.85). Students may find themselves automatically enrolled on the List of Dean’s or President’s Scholars if they maintain a high GPA for a certain number of semesters.
Learn more about President's and Dean's Scholars.
The Department has three perpetual plaques to recognize outstanding students and alumni. Faculty members nominate and select the award recipients.
James F. Willis Award for Excellence in Economics
James Willis was the Chair of the Department of Economics for over 25 years. His stewardship led the department through turbulent times in the 1970s and laid the groundwork for the current strong program. The award goes to the Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student. Recipients receive an engraved paperweight.
Rodolfo Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Alumni
The inscription on this perpetual plaque is a quote from F. Hayek: “Economics reveals ‘that order generated without design can far outstrip plans men consciously contrive.’” The plaque recognizes the personal sacrifice and “order” that Professor Gonzalez brought to the Department in his three years of service as Department Chair. The award goes to the alum who has contributed most to promote the understanding of economics. Recipient receives an engraved paperweight.
David S. Saurman Most Valuable Player Award
This is a memorial plaque to recognize and to foster the contributions made to the Department by David S. Saurman The award is made in two categories: Faculty/Staff and Student. The M.V.P. in each category is selected based on ability to promote a collegial environment that maximizes utility. Recipients receive an engraved glass beer stein.