The University of South Dakota has honored Assistant
Professor of Economics Michael Allgrunn with the highest
honor it bestows upon its educators.
Allgrunn was recognized at USD’s 2011 spring
commencement ceremony as a recipient of the Belbas-
Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, receiving a $5,000
tribute, a framed certificate and commemorative medal.
Recognized in the tenure-track category, Allgrunn
has been a faculty member at USD since 2006. Allgrunn
received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young
University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from
Michigan State University, all in economics. He teaches
subjects such as econometrics, labor economics, game
theory, sports economics and public finance, as well as
principles of micro and macroeconomics. In addition, he is
very involved with undergraduate research in economics,
supervising numerous undergraduate research projects and
honors theses.
One of the reasons I chose to come to USD was our
strong focus on the student,” Allgrunn explained. “Our
students, particularly our undergraduate students, get a
far better education than students attending much larger
schools because of our student-centered philosophy. We
attract great students, they get a great education while
they’re here, and they go on to do great things. It’s an
honor to be a small part of that.”
The Belbas-Larson Awards were established by a 1956
graduate of USD, Dean Belbas of Edina, Minn. and
Sioux Falls, S.D., and his friends, Harold W. and Kathryn
Larson of Bemidji, Minn. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Other B School faculty who have received
USD’s prestigious Belbas-Larson Award:
David Carr, chair of economics, decision sciences
and MIS and associate professor of economics
Tom Davies, associate dean, chair of accounting
and finance and professor of accounting
DeVee Dykstra, professor of business law
Greg Huckabee, chair of management,
marketing and business law and associate
professor of business law
Angeline Lavin, professor of finance and
director, Graduate Business Programs
David Moen, professor of statistics
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