WMU News

Economics student honored for outstanding performance

July 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Isabel Ruiz of Medellin, Colombia, has received the Floyd Moore Award from Western Michigan University's Department of Economics.

Ruiz is a master's student studying economics at WMU and graduated with honors from the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia, with a bachelor's degree in economics. She is scheduled to receive a master's degree from WMU in December, and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in economics. Ruiz also has plans to teach and is interested in conducting research. Ruiz, whose interests include international economics and economic development, hopes to be a major contributor in the efforts to improve standards of living in Third World and developing countries.

The Floyd Moore Award, which was established in memory of a former WMU faculty member, recognizes outstanding performance and goes to the best student in the economics master's-level program who has either completed or is near completion of the program requirements. In addition to the honor of receiving this award, Ruiz received a $500 honorarium and a plaque.

Ruiz, who also was a recipient of WMU's distinguished Department of Economics Elias Harik Award, is the daughter of Felipe Ruiz and Myriam Olaya, both of Medillin, Colombia.

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

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