Li awarded Lyon Scholarship for co-op research

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Ziran Li is a second year graduate student in the Department of Economics at Iowa State, and is the recent recipient of the Barbara and Thomas Lyon Scholarship for the Study of Agricultural Cooperatives. Li will receive $2,500 to partially fund his graduate studies in both agricultural and environmental, and financial economics.

The focus of the Lyon Scholarship is to recognize a PhD student who demonstrates an interest in the study of cooperative business enterprises, and agricultural cooperatives in particular. Li, who received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State with majors in economics and math, has participated in research for the past 2.5 years with Dr. Keri Jacobs, Extension specialist for cooperatives.

Li is interested in the study of the financial aspects of co-ops and how changes in practice can impact efficiency. John Schroeter, interim department chair, said that Li’s ongoing work with Jacobs, “is an excellent example of the kind of scholarly activity that the Lyon Scholarship is intended to reward. And, in particular, the paper (joint with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Artz) that he presented in a poster session at the August 2012 meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association is a very nice demonstration of his serious interest in the study of agricultural cooperatives.”

Li said that the scholarship came as a “surprise,” and it encourages him to “do more research in this area.”