Graduate profile: Biraj Bisht
HIGH SCHOOL: Budhanilkantha School
HOMETOWN: Kathmandu, Nepal
NOTABLE SCHOLARSHIPS: I’m thankful for the scholarships I have received from various departments at the UO, without which it would have been impossible to attend. The donors of these scholarships are akin to my Oregon guardian angels.
- International Cultural Service Program Scholarship
- Helen and Barney Wood Scholarship
- Shephard Family Scholarship for International Students
- Clark Honors College Study Abroad Research Grant
- Burr Abner Scholarship
THE PROFESSOR WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: This could be a long list. Ed Whitelaw, Alfredo Burlando, Glen Waddell, and Trudy Cameron influenced how I viewed economics, taught me to think critically, and ask the right questions. Louise Bishop, Steven Shankman, Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, and Mark Carey encouraged me, in their own ways, to cast my intellectual net as wide as I could.
CAREER INTERESTS: I am interested in Development, Health and Environmental Economics and would like to pursue these topics in graduate school. I am also interested in policy analysis. This summer I will be in Uganda as a research assistant for Professor Burlando’s research on Village Savings and Loans Associations.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN: I’ve really enjoyed playing intramural soccer at UO. You meet a lot of new people who share the appreciation for soccer. I also love being outdoors and reading. The Outdoor Program is an asset to UO.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: The importance of finding professors who excite you and make you care – and among them, you’ll find your mentor. Your dogged commitment and the desire to learn naturally follows.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OREGON, THE PLACE: Oregon’s natural diversity is overwhelmingly awe-inspiring and it is one of the big reasons I am proud to call Oregon my second home. You don’t have to go far: The view of the sunrise is breathtaking when you stand on the biggest rock atop Spencer Butte.
WHY I’M PROUD TO BE A DUCK: I really love the professors I have had here. Their dedication and passion for teaching in a research university makes UO a special place for undergraduate education. I also love Oregon for being an opportune place to meet the most eclectic group of people.
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