One of the great joys of teaching at GMU is the constant flow of interesting students that walk through our halls. Some of these graduates have moved on to teach at U Conn, UVA, U of Penn, Carnegie Mellon, UC Santa Cruz, Suffolk, WVU, U of Chicago, and of course right here at GMU. Others are teaching overseas and still more are teaching at colleges and state universities -- many of these individuals are starting their own research and educational centers at their home institution. And, of course, many do not go into academia, but instead head into a variety of occupations from "think-tanks" to foundations to the private sector. I am always amazed at the creativity and energy of GMU students --- they love economics as a discipline, and they love the art of doing economics and political economy.
This student culture is something that David Colander and Arjo Klamer recognized when they visited GMU while they were doing their study The Making of an Economist back in the 1980s, and it is something that visitors repeatedly stress when they meet our students even to this day. Our students stand out for their enthusiasm for the economic way of thinking, and for their interdisciplinary interests.
One of those students is Will Luther, who is currently my research assistant. Will went to undergraduate school at Capital University where he studied with Bob Lawson. Since coming to GMU, Will has had an outstanding student career and he has also proven to be a great TA, an insightful blogger, and valued research collaborator and co-author.
Last weekend, Will attended the Austrian Scholars Conference and presented his work dealing with the money supply in the 1920s and the Great Depression. For this work Will was awarded with one of the prizes.