by Sylvia Zareva
Dimitri Avramov singles out his AUBG math professors as some of the most inspiring influences on his life. Not only did they make the fascinating world of numbers accessible to him, they also accommodated his individual interests and helped him acquire an in-depth understanding of his favorite subjects.
In the four years Dimitri spent at AUBG he discovered what he wanted to do professionally and how to get there, he says. Moreover, the University continued to support his ambitions by awarding him a $35,000 Tchaprachikoff scholarship to help cover the cost of the graduate program in Financial Engineering at Cornell University, which he joined in 2011 due to his strong interest in finance.
Today, Dimitri is well on his way to realizing his plans. He successfully passed the CFA Level I exam in June 2011 and intends to pursue the CFA Charter. In the summer of 2011, Dimitri interned at the market risk department of MKB Unionbank, a subsidiary of Bayern LB. At Cornell, Dimitri is taking advanced classes in finance and considering a career in financial services.
Dimitri graduated with honors from AUBG where he completed two demanding majors – in Mathematics and in Economics. “I believe that AUBG gives a balanced education. I am impressed by the quality of the Mathematics and Economics courses,” he says, adding that “it is up to the student to make most of what the university has to offer. University education is not only a collection of courses. A student should do more than what is required for his\her degree to get prepared for the global marketplace.”
Personal initiative and the quality of instruction in his majors helped Dimitri excel in his studies.
“AUBG offered me the majors and courses that are essential for someone pursuing a graduate education and career in quantitative finance. What I found most useful is that I was able to switch majors half way through without losing an extra year. I started a Business major that I switched to Mathematics after my fourth semester.”
For his academic achievements, he earned a place on the Dean’s List and President’s List several times and was awarded a Vehip and Natasha Guri Scholarship twice. In Dimitri’s senior year, both the Economics and Mathematics Departments at AUBG recognized his work by presenting him with Outstanding Achievement awards in their fields.
Dimitri also held teaching assistant positions in mathematics and economics. He completed a senior thesis on Credit Risk Price Discovery and earned a place to present his research at the Carroll Round Conference in Georgetown University in 2011.