Baruch Alumnus Awarded Fellowship Covering Total Cost of NYU Graduate Program in Middle Eastern Studies

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Roman Matveyev ('07) NYU FLAS Fellowship winner in Oahu, Hawaii overlooking the Diamond Head volcano crater.

New York, NY – April 8, 2008--Baruch alumnus Roman Matveyev’s (’07) recent NYU fellowship award is not only a stellar example of the strong work ethic Baruch students are known for, but also reflects the high quality of the faculty and diverse courses offered in the College’s Weissman School of Arts & Sciences. NYU’s Foreign Student Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship will fully cover tuition, fees, and health insurance for Matveyev’s two-year masters program in Middle Eastern studies, in addition to providing a yearly $22,000 stipend that is grade dependent. The program costs around $32,000 per year without aid.

“I was very surprised to get the fellowship, usually there is very little scholarship money available at the masters level. I was just hoping to get into the program, ” explains the Ukraine-born and Brooklyn-raised former history major, who’s summer plans include spending two months in Cairo, Egypt, brushing up on his Arabic, a language he started studying at Baruch.

Grades don’t seem to be a problem for Matveyev; the winner of the history department’s 2007 Excellence in History Award was on the Dean’s List for his entire undergraduate career. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.934 grade point average, after having maintained straight A’s in all his history courses. Although he found time to lend a hand at the College’s radio station, WBMB, serving as hip-hop music director at one point, his eventual aspiration is a professorship in history.

Ironically, Matveyev intended to major in business, but ultimately chose history after classes taught by Middle East expert and CUNY Distinguished Professor Ervand Abrahamian and Associate Professor of Asian History and Religions Tansen Sen left strong impressions on him. Described by History Department Chair Cynthia Hyla Whittaker as “one of the department’s best and nicest history majors,” Matveyev now works at Baruch as a research assistant and grader for the same professors that inspired him to switch majors.

"I'm very grateful to everyone in the Weissman School, from Ana Calero, the history depatment's secretary, to Professors Abrahamian, Sen, Bellamy and Whittaker, who always found time to help me, despite their class workloads and research publishing deadlines," Matveyev says.

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