Economics Master’s Student Wins CSU Research Competition
Saba Mojtahedi, a graduate student in the Masters of Arts in Economics program, won first place in Business, Economics, & Public Administration at the 30th Annual California State University Student Research Competition for her research on “The Effects of California Solar Initiative Rebates on Solar Energy Adoption”. This year the state competition was held at California State University, Bakersfield, on April 29-30, 2016, and promoted excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University. Dr. Elaine Frey comments on Saba’s research: “Saba developed a research project from her graduate course into a paper that is suitable for publication in an economics journal. Many people may not know how time intensive economic research can be. Saba spent a great deal of time on this research project and her hard work and determination has paid off. Saba’s research on solar energy adoption has important implications not only for the environment, but for our campus sustainability efforts.” Saba is a distinguished graduate student and was selected by department faculty for the 2016 J. Richard Powell Award of Merit and Distinguished Graduate Honors. During her program Saba was a teaching assistant for economic statistics and econometrics courses. She also guided and assisted undergraduate students as a tutor. She has always been very passionate about economics and finance. After receiving her BA in Economics at a university in Iran, Saba moved to California to continue her education at CSULB. This past year she has been interning with Long Beach Transit. After graduation this spring, she wishes to continue her research in green energy. We wish her many congratulations on her academic successes!