Cameron LaPoint, a triple major in economics, history, and mathematics, graduated in May of 2013 with his bachelor's degree. Starting in September 2013, he will relocate to Kyoto, Japan for ten months as a Fulbright Fellow. While in Japan, LaPoint will combine continued Japanese language study with a survey experiment conducted under the sponsorship of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics. LaPoint's research project will focus on the differences in attitudes towards risk and savings between Japanese and Americans. He will continue his work on modeling individual risk preferences as a PhD student in economics starting in Fall 2014.
LaPoint credits his successful Fulbright and graduate school applications to his time at University of Rochester's Journal of Undergraduate Research, where he served for two years as an editor-in-chief. "Having the opportunity to review original student research supervised at universities across the country really gave me a new perspective on what kinds of issues and problems go into making impactful contributions within my own academic discipline," LaPoint says.
He recommends future seniors who are considering applying for competitive national fellowships, such as Fulbright, to start thinking about their application proposals early and to work closely with the Fellowships Office and Career Center during the summer before their senior year to improve their resumes. Additionally, citing his experiences as a triple major, LaPoint said he would encourage current students to take classes in a broad range of departments at Rochester before graduation, as research is becoming more interdisciplinary and globalized.