Dr. Bansak wins Keene Award
St. Lawrence University honored several employees with awards for their outstanding service and recognized a number of faculty promotions during its Convocation ceremony held on Wednesday, Aug. 26, marking the start of another academic year. Cynthia Bansak not was not only promoted to professor of economics, she also received the J. Calvin Keene Award. In presenting this honor, President Fox said, “The Keene Award was established in 1975 and is given to a faculty member in recognition of high standards of personal scholarship, effective teaching and moral concern. Bansak, one nominator wrote, is accessible to students, passionate about her field, dedicated to the ideals of a liberal arts education, and clearly loves to work with undergraduate students. Her research often focuses on policy-oriented questions such as immigration, labor laws, labor markets and social welfare policies. Bansak is an active member and leader in the New York State Economics Association and the Eastern Economic Association; she has been involved with the American Economic Association’s mentoring program for junior female faculty; she was a recent research fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany; and she has also combined her teaching and scholarship interests to co-author a textbook, The Economics of Immigration, published by Routledge in April 2015. Bansak was also instrumental in St. Lawrence being chosen to house the Eastern Economic Journal’s editorial office and was appointed co-editor of the journal."