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Two COBE Students Selected as University Top Ten Scholars

The 2018 Top Ten Scholars have been announced and on the list are two students from the College of Business and Economics. Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association and Boise State Honors College, the Top Ten Scholar Award is the highest academic honor granted to a Boise State University undergraduate student. Congratulations to Makenzie and Jessica.

Makenize Peake


Degree: Bachelor of arts in quantitative economics and a minor in applied mathematics
Future Plans: Work as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and later enter a Ph.D. program in economics.
Honored Faculty: Christine Loucks, Ph.D., department chair and professor, Department of Economics

Read more about Makenzie

During her undergraduate career at Boise State, Peake has garnered a fair amount of academic and leadership skills through her participation in the Boise State Honors College as a peer mentor and academic assistant. She has been heavily involved with the College of Business and Economics, in particular as a mentor in the Department of Economics, and president and treasurer of the Boise State Economics Association.

From Boise, Idaho, Peake serves the Boise community as a youth leader at Foothills Christian Church, as a volunteer in bilingual classrooms at Whittier Elementary School and in assisting local refugees with transportation needs. Last July, Peake began employment as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Throughout her academic career, Peake has sought out research opportunities, being employed as a research assistant by three professors in the department of economics investigating the effects of student performance in online versus face-to-face classes. She also served as a research assistant for a project investigating the economic feasibility of building a nursing home in Council, Idaho. Another valuable research experience came from Peake’s internship with ECONorthwest, the largest consulting company in the Northwest.

Jessica Rohm


Degree: Bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in international business and a bachelor of arts in Spanish
Future Plans: Work in international market development utilizing her second language, Spanish, as well as focus on continuing education.
Honored Faculty: John Bieter, Ph.D., professor, Department of History

Read more about Jessica

From Phoenix, Arizona, Rohm has found great passion in business, culture and language over the course of her four years at Boise State. This passion first started when she studied abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica in the spring of 2016 where she lived with a host family and worked at a local elementary school teaching English.

Since returning from Costa Rica, she has been working in the Center for Global Education where she is able to share her passion for studying abroad. During her last semester at Boise State, she was a Spanish conversation lab assistant in the World Language Resource Center facilitating language labs for lower-division Spanish students. She also focused on applying her coursework to real-life situations during her internship in San Sebastian, Spain in the economics and marketing departments of the city’s Department of Culture.

Rohm’s dedication to her coursework reflects in the honors she has received, including a College of Business and Economics Signature Student, a College of Arts and Sciences Peer Ambassador and a Dean’s List honoree for multiple semesters with highest honors.

Rohm has been involved on campus as the membership vice president for Alpha Xi Delta in 2017, attended the Alpha Xi Delta National Convention in Boston in 2015 and attended a recruitment training workshop in College Park, Maryland while at Boise State.

Recipients will be recognized, along with their honored faculty, at the annual Top Ten Scholars Award Ceremony on April 16. Learn more and RSVP to attend the ceremony here.

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