Prestigious Prize for Top Economic Student

Oct 25, 2018

Motu is pleased to announce the top economics tertiary student for 2018 is Nicolas Adams from the University of Canterbury, who has won this year’s Sir Frank Holmes Prize.

The prize recognises Sir Frank Holmes as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent economists. It also honours his contribution to the development of public policy over many decades. The $3,500 scholarship is provided by the Motu Research and Education Foundation to New Zealand’s top economics undergraduate student every year.

The prize is awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Nicolas, who is in his third year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in Economics and Mathematics, was the clear winner.

Many Sir Frank Holmes Prize-winners have subsequently become full-time employees of Motu as Research Analysts. Research Analysts are typically honours graduates who spend two to three years working directly with Motu Senior Fellows on Motu research projects. Many have gone from Motu to top international PhD programs or other successful professional trajectories.