Hayley Conklin ’15 Named Economics Department’s 2015 Outstanding Student

May 1, 2015

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Hayley Conklin ’15 has been named a 2015 Outstanding Student by the Stonehill College Economics Department.

Conklin, an economics and political science major from Bloomingdale, New Jersey, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“My colleagues and I found Hayley’s performance to be exceptional,” says Akira Motomura, associate professor of economics. “We considered our seniors’ grades, their demonstrated intellectual spark, their contributions to class discussion, and their service to the [economics] department.”

Conklin, who graduated in December and is already working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., credits the support system at Stonehill for making it easier to graduate a semester early with two majors.

“Professors are not just teaching you a subject, they are teaching you a lifestyle and how to operate in the job market,” says Hayley. “It’s so nice to know that you can call your professor on the phone and say ‘I need some help’ and they are there for you 100 percent of the time.”

“Knowing that that’s always going to be there is such a tremendous thing and a tribute to Stonehill itself.”

Conklin’s capstone research paper analyzed U.S. senators’ incomes before and after their terms in office, thus combining her passion for political science with an excitement about economics that she discovered at Stonehill.

“In Hayley’s case, we haven’t minded being ‘the other major,’” Motomura says with a smile.

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Moreau Honors Scholar
  • Inducted into the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society (Stonehill College)
  • Studied abroad in Rome, Italy
  • Placed second in the Association for Private Enterprise Education International Conference undergraduate research competition
  • Completed six internships that ranged from working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney to working with the National Federation of Republican Women in Washington, D.C.