We recently asked our new PhD students a few questions to get to know them better.
What it is that drew you to UB and what excites you about being in our PhD program?
I am impressed by the strong quantitative side of the department, especially in applied microeconomics. Also, I am excited to learn more deeply about economics from Professors who really know what they are doing and how to teach the topics easily. - Ali Kaya
I’m at UB because of giving me opportunity of pursuing Phd degree. Studying diverse economics such as health economics and urban economics makes me exciting. - Hyuk Dong Kwon
Honestly, my girlfriend encouraged me to receive education in America with her at the beginning and she believed that I am the intelligent person who is able to reach a high level in economic field. I trusted her and therefore I applied for this distinguished PhD program. It will be, in my view, a big challenge for me to study outside with an unfamiliar language and to absorb the advanced knowledge, but I am still believing in myself as I always do and I will make efforts to get the Doctoral Degree and to be an economist. - Liqiang Liu
I was drawn to the economics PhD program at UB for the great educational opportunity to become a professional economist and eventually conduct my own research. - Daniel Plessner
UB is a melting pot of cultures where there are people from all over the world which would make learning all the more fun and help me grow more as a person. Being in UB's Department of Economics PhD program is an excellent opportunity for me to deepen my knowledge and understanding of economics as I would be guided by dedicated and inspiring professors of the department. - Divya Sagar
UB has outstanding faculty and rich academic resources. I love the books in the library and I really enjoy studying with the smart and hard-working students. Besides, the department faculty always do their best to create a supportive atmosphere for PhD students. - Han Zhang
What are some local points of interest that you’ve heard about?
I like Spot Coffee, Bocce Pizza, Lake Effect Ice-Cream, Hot Spot (they have very good hoagie). I also like Buffalo when we smoothly go from summer to winter, when leaves get yellow and the weather gets a little bit chilly. - Ali Kaya
I think Anchor bar as my interesting local point. This is because Anchor bar is the origin of buffalo wing, which is famous. - Hyuk Dong Kwon
I heard about the famous buffalo chicken wings at the two competing restaurants Anchor Bar and Duff's. I tried the wings at both restaurants and each were satisfactory. - Daniel Plessner
I have heard about Niagara Falls, Canalside, Delaware Park, Tim Horton's and Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square that I would love to visit. - Divya Sagar
Buffalo wing is a local food that you cannot miss. I hope to eat Buffalo wings and drink a cup of beer in a local restaurant with my friends. I am certain I will have a whale of time. - Han Zhang
What parts of the region would you wish to explore or learn more about?
I like to drive for pleasure and I really like to drive along the Campbell Blvd till I reach Lake Ontario. I also like to go Olcott Beach where I enjoy a very sweet sightseeing. I also find interesting Lockport, North Clarence and East Aurora (where you can visit Knox Farm which is a very good place to have a rest). - Ali Kaya
It is first time for me to live in foreign country. So, everything here is fresh. Particularly, I wish to learn about culture and lifestyle such as the care of children and spending time with family members. - Hyuk Dong Kwon
I would like to explore more of the Niagara border region including Niagara Falls. - Daniel Plessner
I wish to explore the botanical gardens in Buffalo as I love flowers a lot and it would be such an eye candy to see so many beautiful flowers at once. I would also like to catch up with some live plays a couple of times at Shea's Performing Arts Center. - Divya Sagar
I wish to visit the Niagara Falls with my friends. It is a pity that I missed the fall tour guided by school. I wish to see the spectacular waterfalls if I have fall breaks. - Han Zhang
Meet all our current Phd students.
Meet our Economics major students 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.
I am currently a senior here at the University at Buffalo studying to get my Masters in Economics with a Minor in Media Studies. I was born in Hungary and I am the first person in my family to attend college. I hope to become a beacon for incoming UB students as a College Ambassador, and a friend to all! I know it can be difficult navigating through this part of life alone or being the first in the family, and I would like to pass on the kindness and welcoming that I received.
Greetings! My name is Michael De La Rosa and I am a double major in economics and math. I have been truly blessed to be a part of the economics program at the University at Buffalo because not only have I learned so many things that I will use in life, but I have met professors that have mentored me. Thanks to Professors like Dr. McLaughlin, I dream of becoming an econometrician. That is why I love the economics department here, because the faculty encourage and help students to accomplish amazing and difficult things.
Hello! My name is Joe Mason, and I am a double major in both economics and political science. Something to know about me is that I love a variety of different music, while I mainly listen to hip hop! The economics program at UB has shown me that even at a school as large as this one, there are still departments that care about their students success and well-being. Many of the professors have significant research experience, which provides for an exciting and rigorous learning environment. My duty as ambassador is to make sure that incoming students feel welcome and comfortable with their decision to major in economics. Regardless if you are an incoming student or graduating this academic year, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have!