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Program Ambassadors

Would you like to speak with a current student in our graduate economics program? Feel free to contact any of the program’s graduate student ambassadors to learn about their experience in the program.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a third year PhD student in Agriculture and Resource Economics at NC State University from Windsor, North Carolina. Robert completed his Bachelor’s degree at NC State in 2016, where he majored in Agribusiness Management and first became interested in economics. After his undergraduate studies, he attended Mississippi State University where he received a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Robert’s general research interests lie in agricultural economics which stem from his experience growing up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. Robert has special interests in commodity markets and researching how market participants manage various risks with tools offered by the federal government through the crop insurance program, as well as futures, options and derivatives markets. Upon graduating, Robert wishes to apply the skills he has acquired to problems in agriculture, whether it be for academia, government, or the private sector.


Yubo Hua

Yubo Hua is a fourth year PhD student from Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. He has a B.A. in economics from Hebei Agricultural University. After his undergraduate studies, he went to Clemson University and received a M.A. in economics from Clemson University. His general research interests are econometrics and applied econometrics. Currently, his interests are about estimation and inference in high dimensional econometrics, especially about combining traditional econometrics methods with penalization techniques in high dimension. After graduation, he wishes to find a job in academia, government or the private sector.