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Graduate Student Profiles

Student Listing 2017-2018

Matthew Amato, Environmental Economics and Urban Planning Interdisciplinary M.S. student:
I grew up in Revere Massachusetts located only 6 miles east of the Tufts campus. After graduating high school in Revere I attended The University of Texas at Austin where I earned my B.A. degree in Economics. Upon completion of my degree at Texas I found a job at a private investment bank in Boston but left after 2 years of employment to join the Peace Corps. I served in the Peace Corps as an Environmental Education volunteer in Madagascar for two and a half years then remained in Madagascar for another two years working as a development consultant for a large flavor and fragrance company. Although I loved my time in Madagascar, I knew I eventually wanted to return home and pursue a Master's degree from a top tier University in a field of study similar to the work I was doing in Madagascar. I choose the duel Economics and Urban Policy Planning degree from Tufts because it is one of the premier programs I have found that actually combines hard qualitative economic skills with the theory and practice of policy planning and management. The faculty here is diverse and unique and always ready to give extra time and effort to any student in need. The accessibility of professors and the wide variety of talent and expertise within not only the faculty but the student body as well, is really what sets this department apart from others. After graduation I would like to work in international development and my dream job would be to work for USAID or for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

Guangbin Hong, Research Track M.S. student:
Before coming to Tufts, I studied Construction Management at Tianjin University and Finance at Nankai University. I gradually discovered my passion in economics research in my undergraduate study, but my coursework and research experiences were not enough for me to apply for a PhD program. Hence, I chose the economics master program at Tufts with the hope of enriching my economic analytical toolset and getting research immersion. The program has been a good fit for both purposes. The small cohort size guarantees that every student receives ample attention from each professor, which is not common in other comparable programs. Great seminar series and research opportunities are provided so that I could gain my experiences and find my interested topics. I am now researching on the effect of the housing market on the labor market and I plan to apply for a PhD program after the master degree with the ambition of entering the academia.

Jianing Li, Course Track M.S. student:
Prior to coming to Tufts, I was a student majoring in accounting in Beijing Forestry University and studied economics as a double major in Peking University. I found myself getting interested in economics after I attended several big economic research projects during my undergraduate study, which strengthened my determination to pursue my graduate education in economics. I wanted to find a program that can not only improve my quantitative and analytical skills but also deepen my understanding in economic activities and phenomenon. This program in Tufts really fit my goal. The rigorous coursework led by the amazing faculty and small class size make it possible for me to receive enough training and attention. The regular seminars and series of academic events broaden my horizons in economics and develop my research interests. More importantly, Tufts offer many positions like TA and RA and opportunities for master students to improve themselves, which I think cannot be rivalled by other economic master programs. So far, I have been enjoying the life in Tufts and Medford is really a wonderful city to live in. After graduation, I plan to be an economic analyst working in some research institutions and I firmly believe that this program can prepare me well for it.

Priyanjana Pramanik, Research Track M.S. student:
I came to Tufts after completing my B.A. in Economics (Honours) from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India. I've been interested in Economics since high school, and am delighted to be here. The faculty at Tufts has been wonderful, and the coursework is both rigorous and rewarding. My areas of interest are environmental economics, behavioural studies and economic development, and I hope to combine these interests into my research thesis. In addition to my coursework, I am a teaching assistant for EC13 (Introductory Statistics) and next semester, I will be assisting with an experiment in behavioural economics. Currently, I am enjoying the collegial atmosphere of Tufts, and believe this course is a great stepping stone into either doctoral studies or employment in the private sector.

Nicholas Santosuosso, Course Track M.S. student:
I decided early on in my time as an undergraduate at Merrimack College that I wanted to pursue graduate studies in Economics, and the MS program at Tufts has given me every opportunity to pursue my academic and personal interests. The professors at Tufts are not only well-published experts in their fields, but also approachable mentors in the classroom who are passionate about student success. There are countless elective classes to choose from and a wide range of guest speakers throughout the year, which helps make the program highly flexible for students interested in either applying to PhD programs or entering industry upon graduation. Perhaps the best part of being a student in the program is the support I receive from the other members of my cohort; Tufts offers a warm and collaborative environment where I have never really felt alone when struggling with a difficult assignment. Working towards my MS in Economics at Tufts has given me access to the resources of a top-tier research university, while forming close relationships between my peers and instructors. The program has been both rigorous and rewarding, and has provided me with skills that I will rely on throughout my career.

Raghavan Srinivasan, Course Track M.S. student:
I grew up in India where I majored in mathematics at the University of Madras followed by an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. I developed a deep interest in economics in business school and decided to make a career switch from financial consulting at Ernst & Young to economics research. Given my lack of formal exposure to economics, I was looking for a general Master’s program that would help me build a solid foundation in the field and also give me exposure to multiple research areas. My experience here has been quite rewarding. The course work is challenging and the small cohort size makes it easy to get personalized attention from faculty who are only too happy to help someone like me, a beginner in economics. I have been appointed as a TA and this experience helps me cultivate my pedagogical skills. The Boston metropolitan area has several academic institutions of repute and Tufts provides students the flexibility to make use of those resources. In my opinion, the Tufts Master’s program presents the best set of opportunities to prepare a student for a PhD program in Economics and I am glad I chose to come here at this watershed moment of my life.