Co-winner: Daniel Courteau
Senior joint major in Economics and International Studies with a minor in Spanish
Daniel will be graduating this semester with a joint-major in Economics and International Studies. He is a University Honors College student with a top performance level, a 4.0 GPA in Economics, and 3.99 overall. As a Filipino-American who had occasions to learn to be brave in personal situations, and believing in the importance of diplomacy, Daniel has a strong desire to become a foreign service economics officer. Toward that goal he is in advanced stages for entering the Peace Corps in Indonesia. Daniel has learned Mandarin, Spanish, and ASL (American Sign Language), all during his undergraduate years at UB, and has also been an assistant teacher in the Buffalo public schools. After the Peace Corps, Daniel plans to pursue graduate studies leading to his career objective in the foreign service.
Co-winner: Chantal Martinez-Blanco
Senior Economics major
Chantal is in her senior year, majoring in Economics. She maintains a 3.63 GPA in Economics and 3.78 overall. Her interest is in finance and in the Fall 2019 semester she will be working toward a Master’s degree in Business at the University of Miami with a goal to help others obtain financial freedom. Latina born and raised in Puerto Rico, she has been passionate about sports and is a Division I tennis player with many distinguished accomplishments on the court, indeed too many to list but including being the #1 singles player. Chantal learned at UB that academics is first, and that athletics is second and has succeeded in both. Apart from her course work, she was a research assistant for the department chair in a study related to urban economics, which will help her understand urban Miami. Chantal plans to eventually return to Puerto Rico and make a contribution.
Senior Economics and Business Administration double major with a minor in Political Science
In her senior year, Dania is an Economics and Business Administration double major with a minor in political science. She maintains a 3.90 overall GPA and a 3.97 GPA in Economics courses. Dania served as a head coordinator for teaching assistants in an economics course and volunteers as a tutor in economics for UB athletics. She has also been an orientation leader for new UB students. Dania was a dedicated member of UB’s rowing team until UB discontinued the sport. Thinking ahead to someday becoming a corporate attorney, Dania is looking to pursue a JD degree.
Senior Economics and Mathematics double major
Shaina is in her senior year as a double Economics and Mathematics major, planning a career toward being a Chief Financial Officer in a Fortune 500 company while also opening a non-profit for kids to encourage their self-expression and greatness. She has a 4.0 in Economics and a 3.8 cumulative GPA and has served as a teaching assistant in economics, which has included preparing a comprehensive course study guide. Shaina is currently a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador representing the Economics Department at events for both alumni and prospective students. She also participates in activities that benefit the community, such as for Compass House, which supports displaced and runaway youths.
The Department of Economics is grateful to all of our contributors:
• The Kogut Brothers of New York Mills Economic Development Award (formerly the Joseph W. Kogut Economic Development Award), est. 2007 – Frederick J. Kogut and Nina F. Kogut-Akkum, donors
• The Matthew Scarpati Endowed Scholarship, est. 2010 – James and Lynn Scarpati, donors
• The William A. Strauss Economics Scholarship, est. 2012 – William A. Strauss, donor