Each year, the Economics Department awards several prizes as well as thesis honors.


Christian A. Johnson Prize in Economics

Established in 1998 by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation. Awarded to the student graduating with the highest grade point average in economics.

2022 Recipients: 
Hugo Bocker
Cynthia Shi Ya Chen
Riley Elizabeth Kinum
Yumeng Liu
Andrew Carter Ng
John Kroger Pettengill
Joseph W. Spada
Noah Charles Whiting
Ruiqi Xue

See Past Recipients.

D.K. Smith Economics Prize

Established in 2007 by his family and friends in memory of Professor D.K. Smith. Awarded to a student who writes the best senior thesis in the Economics Department.

2022 Recipient: Gillinda Molly James
See Past Recipients.

F.C. Dirks Prize in Economics

Established in 1985 by friends wishing to honor the internationally distinguished accomplishments of Dr. Frederick C. Dirks ’30 (retired former senior advisor with the International Monetary Fund) on the occasion of his 55th Reunion. This prize is awarded each year to a senior who, through academic achievement and activities pursued at Middlebury, has demonstrated high promise for leadership and success in economics and public service.

2022 Recipient: Justin Cooper
See Past Recipients.

Harry M. Fife Memorial Prize

Established in 1950 in memory of Harry M. Fife, professor of economics, 1925–1950. Awarded to the senior who combines excellence in economics with contributions to the spirit of Middlebury through participation in extracurricular activities.

2022 Recipients: Michelle Liu and Nicholas Wagg
See Past Recipients.

Thesis Honors

See the 2022 senior economics honors recipients.