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The Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED) is a tight-knit and supportive community, which provides students with the tools they need to better understand the process of economic decision-making and data analytics. The program leads to the M.A. degree in economics (STEM designated) and is designed to meet the needs of participants who come from a diversity of backgrounds all over the world.  The GPED provides training that is appropriate for a variety of career paths, including careers in government, international organizations, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The program also prepares students for further graduate study in Economics and other fields.      

January 2020 Student Spotlight

Maria Silat is a second-year student from Karachi, Pakistan, who is studying at Vanderbilt with a Fulbright scholarship. Before joining the GPED, Maria completed her undergraduate studies at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi. During this time she interned at Shell Pakistan, which led to full-time employment as Fuels Pricing Analyst and later Retail Territory Manager, earning recognition as the country’s Top Territory Manager of 2017. At Vanderbilt, Maria has been involved with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures as an Emerging Impact Leaders Fellow, and she also works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Economics. Over this past summer, Maria served as a Humanitarian Research Intern for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. After Maria graduates in May 2020, she plans to work in the development sector for a few years and then pursue a PhD in economics. Best of luck in your last semester, Maria!

Maria Silat

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