Graduates

Who are they?
Students Paid Internships Fellowships and Awards Publications and Conference Presentations+ Graduate School Acceptances* First Employment
CLASS OF 2015          
Erika Davies “Testing Context Effects and Consumer Choice,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference *M.A. program in economics with full scholarship and $26,000 annual stipend, George Mason University
Ted Dischman   *Ph.D. program in economics with full scholarship and $28,000 annual stipend, Florida State University

Ph.D. program in economics with full scholarship and $18,000 annual stipend, University of Tennessee

Hannah Doerr “The Effect of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems on Insurer Profits and Consumer Welfare,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference
Joylynn Pruitt   *Ph.D. program in economics with full scholarship and $22,000 annual stipend, West Virginia University
Alex Polinksy   Forecast Analyst, People’s Natural Gas.
Brooke Tenison “Examining Civil Wars and Gender Equality: The Role of Women in Peacemaking,” Journal of International Relations  *M.A. program in economics with full scholarship and $26,000 annual stipend, George Mason University
CLASS OF 2014          
Patrick Higgins Reports Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Maggie Neely “The Effect of Wives’ Earning Potentials on the Risk of Divorce,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference  *Ph.D. program, Boston University with full scholarship plus $25,000 fellowship.

Ph.D. program, George Mason University.

John Ricco   Research Assistant, International Monetary Fund.
Benjamin Tegethoff Research Fellow, Johnson Center for Public Policy, Troy University “The Dangers of Conformity in Public Education,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference   *Masters program in economics, George Mason University
Patrick Walsh   Masters program in financial engineering, Claremont Graduate University with $60,000 scholarship.

Masters program in financial engineering, Fordham University with $10,000 scholarship.

Masters program in financial engineering, New York University with $10,000 scholarship.

*Masters program in quantitative methods, Columbia University.

CLASS OF 2013          
Ryan Balbierz   J.D. program, University of Buffalo with partial scholarship.

J.D. program, Duquesne University with full scholarship.

*J.D. program, University of Pittsburgh

J.D. program, Syracuse University

Matthew Griffin   Masters program in economics, George Mason University with full scholarship plus $22,000 annual stipend. K. Bealer Consulting, Financial Analyst
Melinda Haulman Outstanding Scholarship Award, Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium   Geisinger Medical Center, Operating Room Technician
Patrick McDevitt       Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Business Technology Analyst
Derek McDonnell       TruPar America, Director of Business Development
Ashley Schmider   Koch Research Fellow    
Tanner Steinkopf   “Can Economic Freedom Cure the Medical Brain Drain,” Journal of Private Enterprise“Medical Brain Drain, Economic Freedom, and Public Health Expenditures,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference    Federated Investors, Investment Management Data Analyst
Eileen Wang   Honorable Mention, Duquesne Undergraduate Research Symposium      
CLASS OF 2012          
Maggie Barnes   Federated Investors, Consultant Sales Specialist.
Vincent Cocco   *J.D. program, Duquesne University with partial scholarship.
Bridget Fitzpatrick   *Ph.D. program in economics, Boston University.

Ph.D. program in economics, University at Albany.

Patrick Guessford Koch Research Fellow “Alcohol Consumption and Political Ideology: What’s Party Got to Do with It ,” Journal of Wine Economics.
Cori James   *Masters program in applied intelligence, Mercyhurst.

Masters program in international relations, University of San Francisco.

Masters program in international relations, Penn State.

Ryan Kandrack Third Place, Center for Catholic Social Thought Undergraduate Research Competition. “The Influence of Emotion on Giving,” Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics Conference. Health Economics Research Analyst, UPMC.

Research Assistant, RAND Corporation.

Evan Lyle Strategy Analyst, Projectile Tube Cleaning
Joseph Marchand   Military Intelligence, U.S. Army.
Lauren Mondschein   Ph.D. program in political economy and public policy, University of Texas, Dallas.

Masters program in economics, University of Pittsburgh with full scholarship.

Masters program in public policy, Georgetown University.

Masters program in public policy, American University.

Masters program in public policy, George Washington University.

*Masters program in economics, Penn State.

Revenue Analyst, Independent Fiscal Office, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Alexandra Peck   Financial Analyst, H.J. Heinz.
Mikhail Rasner   J.D. program, Cornell University.
Matthew Redshaw   *SMBA program, Duquesne University with full scholarship.
CLASS OF 2011          
Devin Bowen Commonwealth Foundation Research Fellow

Americans for Tax Reform, Thomas Jefferson Fellow

“Cost of Government Day: 2012 Report,” Americans for Tax Reform Foundation.

“The London Congestion Charging Scheme: A Cost Benefit Analysis,” Eastern Economic Association Conference.

Ph.D. program in economics, Claremont University.

*Masters program in economics, George Mason University with full scholarship plus $22,000 annual stipend.

Political Analyst, i360.
Thurl Edwards Templeton Foundation ScholarshipBahamas National Merit Grant   *Masters program in economics, University of Nottingham.

Masters program in economics, The University of York.

Masters program in economics, The University of Bath.

Masters program in economics, Leeds University.Masters program in economics, University of Bristol.

Masters program in economics, Bowling Green State University.

Policy Analyst, Central Bank of the Bahamas.
Jonathon Scott Koch Research FellowCommonwealth Foundation Research Fellow “The Relative Costs of Ohio Private and State Government Employees,” Buckeye Institute Policy Brief.

“Collective Bargaining: The Effect of Teachers’ Unions on Education Outcomes,” Southern Economic Association Conference. 

*Ph.D. program in economics, State University of New York at Albany with full scholarship plus $13,000 annual stipend.
Emily Slegel   *Masters program in applied intelligence, Mercyhurst University with full scholarship. 
Brandon Spleen   *J.D. program, Duquesne University with $26,000 annual scholarship.

J.D. program, University of Miami with $15,000 annual scholarship.

J.D. program, University of Pittsburgh with $10,000 annual scholarship.

J.D. program, Villanova University with $6,000 annual scholarship.

Laura Vicinie Koch Research FellowCommonwealth Foundation Research Fellow “Propensity of Parental Divorce and the Educational Attainment of Children,” Eastern Economic Association Conference. *Masters program in economics, American University. 
Kait Wolf Koch Research Fellow

Commonwealth Foundation Research Fellow

Adam Smith Research Fellow

“The Relative Costs of Ohio Private and State Government Employees,” Buckeye Institute Policy Brief.

“Informal Institutions and Economic Growth”, Applied Economic Letters.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Colorado at Boulder.

*Ph.D. program in economics, West Virginia University with full scholarship plus $19,000 annual stipend.

Assistant Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University
CLASS OF 2010          
Kevin Baldini Financial Analyst, Education Management Corporation Koch Research Fellow “Do Relief Pitching and Remaining Games Create Moral Hazard Problems in Major League Baseball,” Journal of Sports Economics, 11, 2010.   Financial Analyst, Education Management Corporation.
Max Condon “Ethnicity and Worklife Expectancy,” American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts.    Mortgage Servicing Professional, Provident Funding.
Zachary David   J.D. program, Charlotte School of Law with $9,000 annual scholarship.

*J.D. program, Duquesne University.

J.D. program, Ohio Northern University.

 
Catie Fallon Koch Research Fellow    
David Gilson Pfizer “Divergence in Cross-Country Presidential Ratings as a Measure of Political Propaganda,” Southern Economic Association Conference.

“Divergence in Cross-Country Presidential Ratings as a Measure of Political Propaganda,” Economic Letters

  Valspar Corp.
John Heisler Business Analyst, Management Science Associates Koch Research Fellow “A Survey Analysis of the Relationships Between Economic News and Consumer Behavior,” Midwest Decision Sciences Conference.     
Peter Horne Insurance Analyst, Henderson Brothers Koch Research FellowDuquesne University Undergraduate Research Award J.D. program, Florida Coastal College of Law with full scholarship.J.D. program, Capital University with $15,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Drexel University with $10,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, University of Cincinnati with $10,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Case Western Reserve with $7,500 annual scholarship.*J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School.

J.D. program, Stetson University.

J.D. program, University of Miami.

Consultative Associate, Henderson Brothers.
Haley Kemp     Paralegal, Wilbraham Lawler & Buba.
Bill Lewis   Webb Award for the Outstanding Senior in Political Science.Wall Street Journal, Best in Class Award for 2010.Senior Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. “The Impact of Legislative Term Limits on State Fiscal Policy,” Association of Private Enterprise Education. J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School with full  scholarship.J.D. program, Regent University with full scholarship.J.D. Program, Penn State University with $15,000 annual scholarship.*J.D. program, University of Pittsburgh with $10,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Northeastern University with $9,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Temple University with $5,000 annual scholarship.

J.D. Program, Villanova.

J.D. program, George Mason University.

 
Anthony Lucas   Koch Research Fellow *Ph.D. program in health economics, Ohio State University with $15,000 annual scholarship.   
Frank Marano   J.D. program, Dayton University with $15,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Capital University with $5,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Florida Coastal University with $5,000 annual scholarship.*J.D. program, Syracuse University.J.D. program, Michigan State University.J.D. program, Duquesne University.

J.D. program, University at Albany.

J.D. program, University of Akron.

Karlie O’Malley   Koch Research Fellow “Do Psychological Cues Alter Our Discount Function?” North American Journal of Psychology,12(3): 469-480.   Federated Investors, International Support Manager.
Christina Orr   Koch Research Fellow *J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School.
John Pulito Financial Analyst, Legend Financial Advisors Commonwealth Foundation Research FellowKoch Research FellowYoung Scholar Award, Association of Private Enterprise Education “Government Run Liquor Stores: The Social Impact of Privatization,” Commonwealth Foundation Policy Brief.“Binge Thinking: A Look at the Social Impact of State Liquor Controls,” , 10-70.“Liquor Control and DUI Fatalities,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference.  Ph.D. program in economics, SUNY Albany.*Masters program in economics, George Mason University with full scholarship plus $22,000 annual stipend. FBI, Economic Analyst.
Jason Vigneault Ph.D. program in economics, SUNY Albany.*Masters program in economics, George Mason University.Masters program in economics, University of Connecticut.  
CLASS OF 2009          
Tambre Cooper Analyst,U.S. Census Bureau.
Mark Heier   Masters program in economics, George Mason University.
Alexis Imler   *Masters program in economics, Clemson University with full scholarship plus $10,000 annual stipend.Masters program in economics, George Mason University.Masters program in economics, North Carolina State University.
Margaret Inden Cost Analyst, Lanxess Koch Research FellowBest Student Paper Award, Midwest Decision Sciences Conference. “Mind the Weather: A Panel Data Analysis of Time-Invariant Factors and Traffic Fatalities,” Economics Bulletin, 30(4), 2685-2696.“A Panel Analysis of the U.S. State Traffic Fatality Rates: 1994-2006,” Midwest Decision Sciences Conference.  Retail Banking Associate,PNC Bank.
Kelly Miller Financial Analyst, PNC Financial Services Group Financial Analyst, PNC Bank.
Maureen O’Sullivan Parente Randolph Accountant, Parente Randolph.
Jeremy Phillips Marketing Research Analyst, Management Science Associates *Ph.D. program in economics, University of Pittsburgh with full scholarship plus $18,000 annual stipend.Ph.D. program in economics, SUNY Albany with full scholarship.Ph.D. program in economics, SUNY Binghamton with full scholarship. Marketing Research Analyst, Management Science Associates.
Maria Sciandra Koch Research Fellow *J.D. program, Syracuse Law School with $26,000 scholarship.J.D. program, SUNY Binghamton Law School.J.D. program, SUNY Albany Law School with $7,000 annual scholarship.J.D. program, Duquesne Law School with $9,000 annual scholarship.
Mark Troyan Koch Research Fellow “An Economic Analysis of College Athlete Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at Title IX,” College Sport Research Institute Conference. *J.D. program, Hofstra University Law School.J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School.J.D. program, University of Akron Law School.J.D. program, Cleveland State University Law School.
Rossen Valchev Research Assistant, The Mercatus Center Koch Research FellowKoch Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies.1st Place in Macro-economics and 1st Place in Micro-economics, State Level, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, 2008.1st Place in Microeconomics, 2nd Place in Macroeconomics, National Level, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, 2008.1st Place in Economic Concepts and 1st Place in Statistical Analysis, State Level, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, 2007.

1st Place in Economic Concepts and 3rd Place in Statistical Analysis, National Level, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, 2007.

2nd Place, American Educational League National Economics Essay Competition, 2007.

School of Business Valedictorian.

“Do Federal Matching Funds Inhibit State Growth?” Texas Public Policy Foundation.“Transparency and Performance in Bureaucracies,” Midwest Decision Sciences Conference.“Transparency, performance, and agency budgets: a rational expectations modeling approach.” George Washington University Research Program on Forecasting Working Paper, 2009-04. Ph.D. program in economics, London School of Economics.Ph.D. program in economics, Oxford University with full scholarship.

Ph.D. program in economics, Cornell University with full scholarship plus $26,000 annual stipend.

*Ph.D. program in economics, Duke University with full scholarship plus $19,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, Vanderbilt University with full scholarship plus $17,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, Purdue University with full scholarship plus $17,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with full scholarship plus $15,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, Ohio State University with full scholarship plus $22,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Wisconsin with full scholarship plus $20,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Southern California with full scholarship plus $20,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Pittsburgh with full scholarship plus $17,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, Michigan State University with full scholarship plus $14,000 annual stipend.

Ph.D. program in economics, North Carolina State University with full scholarship.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Michigan.

Ph.D. program in economics, University of Texas.

Assistant Professor, Boston College
James Vogelgesang Research Assistant, The Mercatus CenterForecaster, Wellsprings Worldwide Koch Research Fellow *Masters program in economics, Baylor University with full scholarship plus $10,000 annual stipend.Masters program in economics, Washington State University.

Masters program in economics, Southern Methodist University.

Business Analyst, Target.
CLASS OF 2008          
Kristyn Brady Research Assistant, The Mercatus Center 1st Place in Statistical Analysis and 2nd Place in Economic Analysis and Decision Making, State Level, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference, 2008.2nd Place in Statistical Analysis, 6th Place in Economic Decision Making, National Level, Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, 2008. *Masters program in economics, Clemson University with $30,000 scholarship. Analyst, SJ Consulting Group.
Jason Lammela *MBA program, University of Rochester. Analyst, IBM.
CLASS OF 2007          
Grant Ausherman J.K. Milne Asset Management Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Rosie Fike Research Fellow, The Mercatus Center *Masters program in Economics, George Mason University with full scholarship plus $20,000 annual stipend.*Ph.D. fellowship, Center for the Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise, Florida State University.
Mike Lepro Analyst, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network *MBA program, Baldwin-Wallace College. Commercial Lending Analyst, GMAC.
Jim Loewer Research Fellow, Duquesne University.Best Student Paper Award, American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts.  “Estimating the Time Spent in Household Production,” American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts. Division Manager, Aldi USA.
Patrick Manchester Policy Analyst, The Mercatus Center Research Fellow, Duquesne UniversitySchool of Business Valedictorian “Implications of Foreign Investment Patterns,” Mercatus Center Policy Paper.“Be Kind to Your Foreign Investor Friends,” The Georgetown Law Journal, 98:1823-1858. J.D. program, George Washington University Law School with full scholarship.*J.D. program, Georgetown University Law School.
Joseph Monfredi Management Associate, CSX.
Scott Rogerson “The Use of Fuzzy Logic to Construct an Operational Risk Metric,” Eastern Economic Association. Consultant, Protiviti.
Mike Semanchik *J.D. program, Western California Law School.
Mike Vorndran *Masters program in economics, Catholic University of Leuven. Data Specialist, Moody’s Economy.com.
Mark Whitaker Research Fellow, Duquesne University Research Associate, Pittsburgh Technology Council.
CLASS OF 2006          
Natalia Barrera *Masters program in economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra with half scholarship and $8,000 annual stipend.Masters program in economics, Boston University.Ph.D. program in economics, State University of New York at Albany. Research Assistant, International Monetary Fund.
Petya Balevska
Amy Bracato *Masters program in economics, Texas A&M University.
Chris Curcio Analyst, Moody’s Economy.com. Process Strategist, Independence Blue Cross.
Teddy Ferdinand Contractor, Oracle.
Robert Hartle
Jude Hazard *Ph.D. program in economics, University at Albany with full scholarship.
Jennifer Jara *J.D. program, University of Pittsburgh Law School.
Michael Johnston *MBA program, University of Pittsburgh. Economist, USX.
Mitch Marino “It Pays to Sue in Pennsylvania,” Eastern Economic Association. *Masters program in economics, Baylor University with full scholarship. Deployment Specialist, Heinz.
Gary Molinko Staffing Manager, Global Employment.
Elizabeth Penna Buyer, Aerotech, Inc.
John St. Leger Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. *J.D. program, Syracuse Law School. Attorney,Arnold & Porter, LLP.
CLASS OF 2005          
Mike LoBue *Masters program in economics, George Mason University.
Chris Mitchell *J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School.
Kevin Stapleton Economic Analyst, St. Louis & Associates
Chris Watson *J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School.
CLASS OF 2004          
Mark Dausch *J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School with full scholarship. Attorney, Babst, Calland, Clements, and Zomnir.
Mark Gillis *Ph.D. program in economics, West Virginia University with full scholarship. Assistant Professor of Economics, Duquesne University.
Karissa Schepis *J.D. program, Duquesne University Law School with full scholarship. Attorney, Pepper Hamilton.
*Indicates the offer the student accepted.+Presentations were delivered while the students were undergraduates at Duquesne. Publications were either written while the students were undergraduates at Duquesne or were based on research the students completed while undergraduates at Duquesne. 

Where do they go?

Historically, more than 60% of Duquesne Economics majors go directly into graduate programs (12% to Ph.D. programs, 25% to law schools, and 25% to masters programs).

All Duquesne graduates who went into Ph.D. programs received full academic scholarships; 50% of graduates who went into law schools received either full or partial academic scholarships; 70% of graduates who went into masters programs received either full or partial academic scholarships.

What have they done?

Achievements of the Economics

The 41 economics majors who graduated between 2010 and 2013 produced:

• 10 Acceptances to Ph.D. programs
• 38 Acceptances to J.D. programs
• 20 Acceptances to Masters programs
• 3 Research publications in academic journals
• 4 Research publications for think-tanks
• 20 Externally funded research fellowships
• 6 Research awards $1.1 million in graduate scholarships and fellowships

The following are awards and achievements that the economics majors attained in their Junior or Senior years.

Class of 2011:
• 9 graduates
• 4 Acceptances to Ph.D. programs
• 4 Acceptances to J.D. programs
• 7 Acceptances to Masters programs
• 3 Presentations at academic conferences
• 4 Externally funded Research Fellowships
• 1 Public policy publication
• $555,000 in graduate scholarships and fellowships

Class of 2010:
• 15 graduates
• 3 Acceptances to Ph.D. programs
• 28 Acceptances to J.D. programs
• 3 Acceptances to Masters programs
• 2 Undergraduate research awards
• 4 Presentations at academic conferences
• 9 Externally funded Research Fellowships
• 3 Publications in peer-reviewed academic journals
• 1 Conference proceedings publication
• 6 Articles submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals
• 6 Citations in the popular press (including the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post)
• $775,000 in graduate scholarships and fellowships

Class of 2009:
• 11 graduates
• 17 Acceptances to Ph.D. programs
• 8 Acceptances to J.D. programs
• 6 Acceptances to Masters programs
• 1 Best Paper Award at an academic conference
• 3 Presentations at academic conferences
• 6 Externally funded Research Fellowships
• 1 Published article
• 4 First Places in national competitions
• $750,000 in scholarships and fellowships