The Economics Department is proud to recognize Ryan Clifton for his excellent work across four years. There are two characteristics that set Ryan apart from most other students. The first is his willingness and his ability to learn material outside of class in order to analyze an issue as thoroughly as possible. Ryan is a voracious learner. The second is his unstinting generosity in helping other students to excel as well.
Ryan makes every class better by gently challenging his classmates to dig deeper, first by his own example but then helping them to acquire the skills necessary to do good work. As one of Ryan's professors noted, "So many students in my classes credited Ryan with improving the quality of their work that it was practically a meme." Ryan has excelled as a tutor for the department as well and we wish him the best of luck in his further studies.
Ryan will pursue his PhD at Duke University.