Lewis McLean wins CGW Schumann and ESSA Founder's Medal

Posted by Johan Fourie on 2017-09-12

Lewis McLean was recently awarded the CGW Schumann medal for the best postgraduate Economic and Management Sciences student in 2016. Earlier this year, Lewis was a joint recipient of the Cloete medal for best postgraduate student in the Department, with an average of 84%.

Lewis was also recently awarded the ESSA Founder's Medal for the best Economics Masters research paper in South Africa. Lewis's research topic was "Unequal households, unequal schools and the consequences for education outcomes: A theoretical and empirical analysis" and the work was supervised by Prof Rulof Burger. The adjudicator described the work as "highly innovative, insightful, rigorous and of a strong intellectual calibre. What is also noteworthy is the extent to which the findings ultimately persuasively corroborate the predictions of the theoretical model." What makes Lewis's achievement even more remarkable is that he also won the Honours category prize last year, as far as we know the first student to win both categories.

Lewis will continue his academic career at Oxford University.

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