Meet Our Students

Fall 2017 PhD Students

Back row, left to right: Zhenfeng Peng, Runze Zhang, Jiaan Lin, Zukhriddin Juliev
Front row, left to right: Sirui Liu, Muhammad Hossain, Ozge Bostanci, Motomu Matsamura, Sandipa Bhattacharjee

Graduate Students

We recently asked our new PhD students a few questions to get to know them better:

  1. Do you have any words to live by that you’d like to share?
  2. What excites you the most about being a part of the Economics PhD program at UB?
  3. What excites you about life in Buffalo (e.g. people, places, sites, activities, food, etc.)?
  • Zhenfeng Peng: “Choosing a PhD program means working harder and more challenges. And the department and UB are the best places to get help.”
  • Runze Zhang: “UB is a wonderful place for dreaming and making dreams come true. I am now doing the former and will do the latter soon.”
  • Jiaan Lin: “The people here are very nice and there is a lot of food from different countries to try! Campus is beautiful and I am really enjoying my time at UB!”
  • Zukhriddin Juliev: “What excites me most about the department? Helpful and understanding faculty! And Buffalo? The green forests everywhere and occasional deer around.”
  • Sirui Liu: “Make your mark. Live your life.”
  • Muhammad Hossain: “The more I learn, the more I know how foolish I am! And that motivates me to learn even more. This PhD program will surely inspire me to learn more than I ever have before!”
  • Ozge Bostanci: “A butterfly flaps its wings in one corner of the world which causes a hurricane across the world. Thus, I have started flapping my wings by being a part of the Economics PhD program at UB.”
  • Motomu Matsamura: “Since the Economics PhD program at UB has many international students, each of us has a different background. I look forward to sharing ideas and utilizing them for research. Also, Buffalo has both urban areas and nature, so I am excited to enjoy various activities.”
  • Sandipa Bhattacharjee: “Leaving a full time job to go back to school for a PhD wasn’t a hard decision for me because I knew why I was going back and what I want to get out of it. So far at UB, it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life and a great career decision. Starting from an attractive campus, outdoor recreations, Niagara Falls, Buffalo wings, activists through our Distinguished Speakers Series, etc. — this place is very cool in its own ways! Coming to my department — the famous UB Department of Economics — what I find is a culture of acceptance among people, where I can lower my inhibitions and explore the unexplored. So march on! I’m keeping my feet loose and looking forward to generate an upward sloping learning curve and do justice to the demanding graduate program! 'Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached' as 'the man who wins is the man who thinks he can'.”

Undergraduate Students

Meet Nicholas Bush, an Economics major and the department's current College Ambassador. College Ambassadors are outstanding students nominated by their department to represent the department at campus and community events. 

Nicholas Bush

Campus/Community Involvement: Model European Union

What advice do you have for future UB students?  
My time here at UB has exposed me to a lot of new experiences, perspectives and opportunities. I think the best thing any freshman uncertain about their future could do is commit to their passion and find the best outlet for it. You'll work exponentially harder because you know you're doing it for yourself, and you'll be way happier doing it.

Fun Fact: I can draw a perfect circle free hand.

Our Students Cover the Globe!

The Department of Economics has a long-standing commitment to diversity. We welcome students from near and far, and believe that our programs are strengthened by a wide variety of experiences, cultures and educational goals. 

Map of Economics students home cities