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Zicklin Undergraduate Students Awarded Cybersecurity Scholarships

December 6, 2018
Cybersecurity Scholarships winners Jin (Jeremy) Chen, Kemin Chen, Ida Polishchuk, Veniamin Privalov, Jean-Sebastien Surena, and Rochelle Wilamowsky

Pictured, left to right: Jin (Jeremy) Chen, Kemin Chen, Ida Polishchuk, Veniamin Privalov, Jean-Sebastien Surena, and Rochelle Wilamowsky



Ten undergraduate students from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College have been awarded $1,000 cybersecurity scholarships sponsored by the Subotnick Financial Services Center and the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems.

Abygail Rampersad, Chad Carbon, Ida Polishchuk, Jean-Sebastien Surena (’19), Jin (Jeremy) Chen (’19), Kemin Chen (’19), Michael Liang, Rochelle Wilamowsky (’18), Ruslan Bratchikov, Veniamin Privalov are all Computer Information Systems majors specializing in Cybersecurity and Assurance track.

The scholarships, whose purpose is to encourage the best students to consider a career in the cybersecurity field are the result of an initiative led by Trevor Moores, PhD, director of the Subotnick Center. “The winners of these scholarships have demonstrated a level of excellence across a wide range of courses, from both the technical and managerial perspectives, and are sure to do well in the cybersecurity field. I congratulate them all,” said Moores.

Each of the scholarship recipients plans to pursue a career in the larger field of information systems or to continue with their focus on cybersecurity and information assurance.

Jean-Sebastien Surena, a budding software engineer whose long-term career goal is to become a chief technology officer (CTO) is focusing his studies on cybersecurity as it will help him gain a thorough understanding of the risks associated with networks and the ability to assess and offer solutions to those risks. “Zicklin is preparing me by providing the tools and resources needed to understand the industry,” said Surena. “Zicklin has professors that work in the cybersecurity field and can give you their first-hand knowledge to better prepare you,” he added.

“Cybersecurity and information assurance are part of the department’s strategic focus as a response to market demand for graduates with the skills to respond to the security needs of a variety of companies and organizations,” said Marios Koufaris, PhD, professor and chair of the information system department. “These scholarships not only provide support to current students who have excelled in this area but they also help incentivize other students to consider focusing on cybersecurity as their major and career path.”

 The Zicklin School of Business is a recognized leader in providing undergraduate, graduate, and executive education for the 21st century. It offers part- and full-time business degree programs taught by faculty who are thought leaders and practitioners in their fields. An AACSB-accredited business school, Zicklin has developed cutting-edge dual-degree programs with top universities around the world.