Program Ambassadors

Would you like to speak with a current student in our graduate economics program?  Feel free to contact any of the program’s graduate student ambassadors to learn about their experience in the program. 


PhD Ambassadors

Siyan Liu 

I’m a second year PhD student from Beijing, China. I got an MA in economics from Vanderbilt University and a BBA from The University of Hong Kong. My research interests are labor and development economics, especially field experiments and education-related topics. I am currently working as an RA on a student reassignment project for Wake County Public School System, which has been a rewarding working and learning experience. After graduation I hope to become a researcher at international institutions organizing and evaluating development projects.


Mike Jones 

Mike Jones is a third year doctoral student in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Tallahassee, Florida.  He has a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and undergraduate degrees in Food and Resource Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida.  Currently working under an IGERT fellowship through the Center for Genetic Engineering and Society, Mike's interests include post-harvest crop management and biotechnology possibilities to improve smallholder agriculture in the developing world.  His past research has led to collaborations in South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.  After graduation he hopes to enter academia or work internationally through institutions dedicated to agricultural or economic development. 


Scott Callahan

I'm a fifth year doctoral student from Gold Canyon, Arizona, studying agricultural and environmental economics. My research interests include political rent seeking in the agricultural industry and the allocation of farm support programs. I'm currently preparing for my preliminary oral examination. My skill set includes the use of SAS, LaTex and cooking Mexican food. Upon graduation, I hope to enter academia.


Masters Ambassadors

Eric Harmeling

Eric Harmeling is a 2nd semester Master's student from Raleigh, NC. He received a B.A. in Economics from UNC - Chapel Hill in 2015 and hopes to receive his M.S. in Economics here at NC State by 2017.
Eric's research interests involve Macroeconomics and Environmental Economics. After graduating, Eric intends to work for a few years before returning to school for a doctoral degree.