National Organization Names Writing Prize for Emeritus BBER Director at UM

April 18, 2016

MISSOULA – The Association of University Bureaus of Economic Research, a national organization comprising more than 60 members, recently recognized Paul Polzin, emeritus director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, for his years of service to the organization by naming a writing prize for best paper after him. 

The Polzin Prize-winning paper will be selected from those submitted to AUBER in advance of its fall conference at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and will be judged by the AUBER executive committee.

“It’s indeed an honor to be recognized like this,” Polzin said. “I’m sure the future recipients of this award will continue to reflect the high standards of AUBER and the BBER at the University of Montana.”

Lorena Akioka, past AUBER president, said Polzin’s dedication to AUBER earned him the honor.

“I advocated for the naming of the prize in Paul’s honor to thank him for his unwavering support of AUBER and his willingness to devote his time and expertise whenever the need arises,” Akioka said.

This is the second AUBER honor bestowed upon Polzin. He also won the Thayne Robson Award, the highest honor that AUBER awards to an individual for longtime commitment and service to the organization. To earn the award, individuals must be AUBER members for at least 15 years, be center directors, have served on the AUBER board of directors and be an economic and public policy leaders in their state.

For more information visit BBER at or call 406-243-5113.


Contact: Patrick Barkey, director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113,