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

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a second year PhD student in Agriculture and Resource Economics at NC State University from Windsor, North Carolina. Robert completed his Bachelor's degree at NC State in 2016, where he majored in Agribusiness Management and first became interested in economics. After his undergraduate studies, he attended Mississippi State University where he received a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics. Robert's general research interests lie in agricultural economics which stem from his experience growing up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. Robert has special interests in commodity markets and researching how market participants manage various risks with tools offered by the federal government through the crop insurance program, as well as futures, options and derivatives markets. Upon graduating, Robert wishes to apply the skills he has acquired to problems in agriculture, whether it be for academia, government, or the private sector.

Zhongyuan You 

Zhongyuan You is a third year PhD student from Shanghai, China. He has a BA degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Sichuan, China. His research interests are empirical Macroeconomics, especially about forecasting GDP growth and inflation. He is currently working on a project applying unobserved components stochastic volatility model to China's inflation data, which may produce a better forecast than the traditional Bayesian vector autoregression model. In addition, he is working as an independent instructor for EC 205 Fundamentals of Economics. After graduation, he hopes to find a job in  Academia or in a research institution.

Masters Ambassadors

Mansfield Fisher

Mansfield Fisher is a first year Master’s student from Hickory, NC. I received a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Spanish from UNC Wilmington. The last four years I have worked in the natural resources field, as a research assistant, wildland firefighter, and in conservation doing habitat restoration. I am interested in topics related to environmental and natural resource economics, specifically carbon markets and private timber production in the Southeast. As a MS student in the Economics program I am also pursuing a co-major in Forestry. Upon graduating, I plan to return to the natural resources field working for private timber investment companies as an analyst or working with conservation groups.