MA in Economics student Monica DiLullo was awarded the Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE).
Each year, a committee of faculty members, community partners, and ICCE staff award this special recognition to one exceptional student who has made innovative contributions to the community through service learning.
As a component of her graduate coursework, Monica completed an independent research project with City Surf Project, a nonprofit organization that supports underrepresented youth in becoming active global citizens. During her research, Monica collected and analyzed data, advertised the impact of the organization’s mission, and met with surf instructors to advocate for the importance of tapping into the power of data-driven decision making. Monica’s study culminated in an article titled “From Service Learning to Community Based Research: A Health Economics Course and Community Partnerships”, which she co-authored with Economics Department Chair and Professor Anoshua Chaudhuri, Ph.D., and City Surf Project Executive Director Johnny Irwin.