In Their Words: Dahyeon Jeong

April 27, 2017

Name: Dahyeon Jeong

Department: Economics

What Scholarship did you receive? Eileen Brooks Award

What year are you (1st year, 3rd year)? Ph.D. student, 3rd year

College: Graduate Division

Where do you call home? Santa Cruz

With all of the choices for college, what made UC Santa Cruz stand out? Culture in Santa Cruz is very supportive in a sense that faculty members encourage and help students to achieve their maximum potential.

What is your field of focus? Development economics

What do you hope to do once you graduate from UC Santa Cruz? I will continue producing research that can contribute to reducing absolute poverty in developing countries.

What is one memorable moment that stands out for you as a student here? How will this scholarship impact your academic life/research? The most memorable moment is when I was awarded the Eileen Brooks Award. It was biggest achievement of my life. I have been working really hard, but I did not know if I had a potential to be a great economist because it always seemed that I did not know much about the world. The recognition by the Economics Department with the Eileen Brooks Award has made me realize that I have an ability to generate knowledge. I will continue striving to understand better about the world we live in, especially the developing world and the lives of the poor.