Gilmartin, Zecha named Economics Students of the Year

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Kevin Gilmartin ’14 and Joanna Zecha ’14 have been named top students in the Economics Department for 2014.

Joanna Zecha and Kevin GilmartinAn economics and international studies double major from Pompton Plains, N.J., Kevin studied peace-building and reconciliation in Kigali, Rwanda, and taught at a primary school in Ghana.

Joanna, an economics and sociology double major from Danvers, Mass., researched the impact of professional development spending for teachers on low-income Massachusetts school districts.

“As a department, we thank Joanna and Kevin for enriching our professional lives,” says Professor Akira Motomura, chair of the Economics Department.

“Kevin pulled off a rare triple in one of my courses, with the highest score on the major exam, major paper and class discussion. Joanna honed and developed her research skills and wrote an excellent capstone research paper. It’s been very rewarding to witness her intellectual and personal growth over the past five semesters.”

Joanna, who was involved in the H.O.P.E. service immersion program during her spring break, hopes to combine her research skills and passion for service projects into a career involving social science research.

Kevin, a captain on the men’s soccer team this year, will launch his career in international economic affairs with an internship at the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C.