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The Synchrony Financial Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity was established in 2016. Through this effort, Synchrony Financial and UConn aim to counter the growing threats of foreign and domestic cybercrime by developing information security talent and leading research to help companies and consumers stay ahead of these threats. Through the partnership, Synchrony Financial will provide an endowment for the Synchrony Financial Chair in Cybersecurity to lead cybersecurity education at UConn and help develop a strong pipeline of information security talent. In addition to research, Synchrony Financial committed funding toward a Cybersecurity Fellows Program and a scholarship program that will provide stipends to UConn graduate students interested in this subject where they will study and conduct independent cybersecurity research.

The partnership is close to home for Stamford-based Synchrony Financial and will help prepare local Connecticut talent to help fill the nearly 210,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S.

“We are passionate about cultivating top technology talent in Connecticut, people who will soon be on the nation’s front lines of defense against cybercrime,” said Carol Juel, executive vice president and chief information officer at Synchrony Financial. “Our partnership with UConn is an important step towards building the research and resources needed to fuel hiring in this growing area of technology.”

Synchrony Financial believes that impactful research and dedicated resources, like the center, are imperative in reducing vulnerability to cyber attacks.


Scholarships and Fellowships

Undergraduate Scholarships

Academic Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Thomas Heroux
Edward Huang
Trevor Phi
Hannah Reed
Ashley Sanders
Shreya Varshney
Xinyu Wang
Maryzyrene Adao
Virginia Blessing
Eric Flower
Nicholas Hartunian
Cathryn Jenner
Alex Masi
Mariem Ouni
Ben Goh
Matt Jaccino
Justin Galliccho
Virginia Ho
Faith Sporbert
Chloe Becquey

Graduate Fellowships

Academic Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Omer Amer
Chloe Cachet
Timothy Curry
Tristan Pepin
Chloe Cachet
Mohammad Valizadeh
Sohaib Ahmad
Chloe Cachet
Maryam Rezapour
Minwoo Bae
Sohaib Ahmad
Minwoo Bae
Chloe Cachet
Maryam Rezapour
Sohaib Ahmad
Chloe Cachet
Hasan Iqbal
Sara Wrotniak
Zahra Motaqy
Sihong He
Hanbin Hong
Shaoyi Huang
Hasan Iqbal
Anna Mendonca
Zahra Motaqy
Mohamed Essedik Najd
Michael Shliselberg
Ehsan Ul Haque
Jiahui Zhao