The Professor Samuel M. Levin Endowed Award Fund was created by donations to the university to honor the distinguished educational leadership and scholarly contributions of the late Professor Emeritus Samuel M. Levin. Among his many books is Malthus and the Conduct of Life (1967). He was also the author of many essays on education, labor, population, and technology.

Professor Levin served the university and its predecessor institutions for 43 years. Initially in charge of all Social Science teaching at the College of the City of Detroit (later, Wayne University), he was the first Chairman of the Department of Economics, a position he occupied until 1953. His papers are collected in the Reuther Archives of the University.

Each year, the Fund gives out two awards and hosts a lecture. The first award is the Samuel M. Levin Economics Award and it is given to the author of an essay on economics. The second award is the Samuel M. Levin Economics Scholarship and it is given to a current graduate student in the Department of Economics.



Samuel M. Levin Endowed Merit Award

In 2016, the award was given to Mohammad Usama Toseef for his paper entitled "Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in Terms of Health Outcomes." In June 2013, Mohammad eaned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Economics Department working on his PhD.    

For a list of previous award winners click here.


Samuel M. Levin Endowed Scholarship Award

In 2016, the Scholarship was given to Tamba Yaradouno. Tamba earned a Bachelor of Science in December 2003 and a Master of Art in April 2012, both from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently working on his PhD in Economics.

Samuel M. Levin Lecture

The 2016 lecture was given by Professor Henry S. Farber. Henry Farber is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and an Associate of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University.  Click here for a brief biography of Dr. Farber.

For a list of previous lectures click here.

 Photos from the Event 


Stephen J. Spurr

Chair, Department of Economics

Judith Levin Cantor (Samuel Levin's daughter)

Stephen Spurr and Tamba Yaradouno


Stephen Spurr with the recipients of the Christopher Birosak Merit Scholarship in Economics: Mitchell Ford, Nathan Vengalil, and Roman Ducasse.

Henry Farber: Factors Determining Callbacks to Job Applications by the Unemployed: An Audit Study
Henry Farber 
 Peggy Daitch (Samuel Levin's granddaughter), Bernard Cantor (Samuel Levin's son-in-law), Henry Farber, Stephen Spurr, Mohammad Toseef, Tamba Yaradouno, Judith Cantor.




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