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Spotlighted Student: Doug Edelman 2010

Graduating senior and star athlete, Doug Edelman, will earn his degree with a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.


Economics classes with professors Richard Ball and Anne Preston, in particular Intermediate Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics, deeply influenced Doug’s decision to major in Economics. Linear Algebra with Lynne Butler, professor of mathematics, also had an impact on his scholarly path. Doug finds problem solving, numerical data, and the use of math in economics stimulating and engaging.


Sports are another passion. He played baseball and basketball in Ossining, New York where he was born and raised and was ultimately recruited by Haverford College at a baseball showcase in Virginia. As a pitcher for Haverford’s baseball team and playing forward for the Fords basketball team, Doug’s deepest passions come through. Combining academic challenges with basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring, Doug is extremely busy year round, even staying on campus during winter and spring breaks.


His summer experiences have varied widely. As a rising sophomore he landed a job on campus in the facilities department doing “pretty much everything”. As a rising junior he was awarded a Whitehead Internship where he spent the summer working for Razorfish, a marketing firm that specializes in digital advertising. He worked as an assistant account manager compiling data and monitoring projects. This past summer he worked with Professor Richard Ball on a project using game theory to study how the Electoral College system of electing U.S. presidents affects the incentives candidates face when they decide how to allocate their campaign resources among states.


Doug will continue work related to this project in the senior thesis he is writing this spring, in which he is focusing on how candidates' expenditures in a given state affect their probabilities of winning the popular vote in the state. His goal is to develop a model of how campaign expenditures affect the voting decisions of individual members of the electorate, and then to aggregate this micro-level model to the state level.


Following graduation Doug might join a consulting firm as a research analyst, however he has interviewed for jobs in other industries as well. He has found the interviewing process to be a very informational and educational experience.


The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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