Angelos Lagoudakis, DataFEWSion trainee highlighted by the ISU graduate college.


October 17, 2023

ISU Graduate College Newsletter  — Spotlight

Name: Angelos Lagoudakis

Major: Economics

Hometown: Agia Paraskevi, Greece

Q: What brought you to Iowa State?

A: I was specifically interested in pursuing my Ph.D. at Iowa State University because of the department’s international reputation in the field of Agricultural Economics. I have always been certain that the strong, rigorous, and well-built program at Iowa State University will give me the tools, skills, and experiences which will help me achieve my academic and professional objectives.

Q: How would you describe your research to a family member?

A: My research is focused on food and health economics and consumer and producer behavior. I am implementing research on food insecurity and health outcomes utilizing novel proprietary household and retail data and geographical points-of-interest and patterns datasets. I seek to answer questions relevant to applied economists, data analysts, and policymakers. My ultimate goal is to help build a resilient, inclusive, and equitable food system for future generations.

Q: What is the best aspect of your graduate program?

A: The best aspect of my graduate program is working with an amazing dissertation committee comprised of some of the world’s best agricultural economists and economists. I have also enjoyed my home department’s amazing leadership and engagement opportunities.

Q: What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your time at Iowa State?

A: The accomplishments I’m most proud of are:

·     Being awarded the Science and Communication Scholarship by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology for my efforts in communicating science to a general and broad audience.

·     Receiving seed funding for my research project titled: “Breaking Bad News: Economic Rationality, Emotion Regulation, and Social Prosperity.”

·     Receiving a Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of my outstanding teaching accomplishments in my graduate program.

·     Placing second in the Policy Communication Competition organized by the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics and the Graduate Student Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

·     Along with two of my colleagues in the Department of Economics, placing third in the Local Food Economics Data Visualization Challenge organized by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, and the Graduate Student Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

·     Receiving a prestigious scholarship with the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship DataFEWSion. DataFEWSion is an interdisciplinary graduate traineeship focused on research at the Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) nexus.

·     Being selected as one of the twenty young leaders to participate in the 2022-2023 ISU Graduate College’s Emerging Leadership Academy (GC-ELA). GC-ELA helps graduate students to develop skills needed for building collaborations, working across disciplines, and forging stronger solutions from diverse perspectives.

Q: What advice do you have for other graduate students?

A: Take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that will appear on your way. Say yes to new friendships. Seek engagement and leadership opportunities outside of your department. Live the graduate school journey to the fullest.