WMU News

Grad student earns Harik economics award

July 18, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Department of Economics has chosen Michael Collis of Fraser, Mich., as its most recent recipient of the Elias Harik Award.

Collis, a master's student in economics at WMU, also received academic honors and awards while working toward his undergraduate degree at Oakland University. In addition to the Elias Harik Award, Collis has received the WMU Master's Level Research Award, another prestigious honor awarded by the University's Department of Economics. He is scheduled to graduate in April 2003, with a Master of Arts degree in economics. After completing his work at the University, Collis plans to work for the U.S. government.

The Elias Harik Award recognizes the academic excellence displayed by each of its recipients and was established more than 10 years ago by two WMU faculty members--Dr. Salim Harik, associate professor emeritus of economics, and Dr. Bassam Harik, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Economics--as a memorial to their father. The award, which is presented each fall and winter semester to an outstanding new graduate student in the Department of Economics, includes a $100 honorarium.

The awards Collis has received from the University are "indicative of the fine research assistance he has provided to WMU's Department of Economics," according to Dr. Donald Meyer, associate professor of economics and a member of his department's Honor and Awards Committee. Collis is the son of John and Anita Collis of Fraser, Mich.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, 269 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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