The R. Stanley and Janet O. Laing Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Economics

This scholarship is to be awarded to economics students who have an interest in the applications of high technology, such as the computer, to the advancement of the science of Economics and who have demonstrated financial need. Laing, a Dayton business executive and consultant and emeritus member of Denison's Board of Trustees, and his wife established the endowed scholarship in 1982.

The Joan Robinson Endowed Scholarship

Named for a pioneer woman economist who was active in the first half of the 20th century, at a time when the economics profession was overwhelmingly dominated by men. This scholarship is to be awarded to the junior or senior woman with financial need who best exemplifies the role of women in furthering the free enterprise system. Individual scholarship, campus activities, and career ambitions shall be considered as criteria for selection.

The Park National Bank Endowed Scholarship in Economics

This scholarship is to be awarded to an Economics major (or majors) doing high quality work.


Sperry and Hutchinson Award

Awarded to deserving seniors [upon recommendation by economics faculty] who intend to pursue economics and related Ph.D. programs in graduate school. Monetary awards are made directly to the student(s).

Leland Gordon Prize in Economics

Economics Senior Honors Projects are sent to an outside reader who recommends first place, second place, third place, etc. for the best honors project. Monetary awards are presented directly to students. Dr. Gordon taught economics at Denison for 32 years, serving as chairman of the department until 1957 and as Senior Professor after 1957. Dr. Gordon officially retired from Denison in 1963 as John E. Harris Professor Emeritus. The Gordon fund was created by Dr. Gordon's students in honor of him. Since Dr. Gordon was interested in research, it was decided that the annual income earned by the fund would be used to benefit economics majors as a result of their honors projects.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

National Economics Honorary

The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon [The National Economics Honorary] are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within Denison University, and among other colleges and universities.  At Denison, our major objective is to work towards bettering the Economics Department and communication between students and faculty.  Specifically, ODE attempts to increase student/faculty interaction outside of the classroom by sponsoring events such as the ODE initiation dinner and the economics picnic at the end of the academic year.

Applying for Omicron Delta Epsilon Membership

For Denison’s Kappa Chapter of ODE, if you meet the following requirements you will be invited to join ODE.  A letter and application form will be put in your Slayter mailbox.

  • completion of four courses for the economics major;
  • attainment of at least a 3.2 OVERALL GPA;
  • attainment of at least a 3.75 economics GPA and one semester of research by the end of the first semester of the senior year.

A life-membership fee of $35 is due with the completed application form.