Economics Graduate Student Earns Second Place in CSU Research Competition

Mathew Thompson at CSU Research CompetitionMathew Thomson, a graduate economics student from Hatfield, England, earned a second-place award at the 2015 California State University (CSU) Research Competition. His work explored the impact of asset selloffs by the Federal Reserve Bank on short-term interest rates. Thomson was one of 13 Cal Poly student-scholars who presented their work on 10 different projects at the competition.

Participants in the systemwide competition submitted a five-page research report and gave an oral presentation before a panel of judges. They were judged on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, clear articulation of the research, and ability to field questions from the jury and audience.

More than 245 students from 22 CSU campuses participated. Cal Poly tied for the most first-place awards and was second in most awards overall.

“It is a testament to the quality of research opportunities and mentorship available to our students that we compete so well in this competition each year,” said Dean Wendt, Cal Poly dean of research. “Our faculty impact student learning through their research programs, and it is a prime example of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach and our academic excellence.”