Four graduate students pictured from left are Mojtaba Sadeghi, Negin Hayatbini, Fariborz Maseeh, Vesta Afzali and Mohammad Faridzad.

Fellowship Gives Opportunities to Iranian Graduate Students

Thanks to the generous fellowship support from Fariborz Maseeh, founder and president of the Massiah Foundation, four engineering graduate students from Iran are able to pursue their studies and research at UCI.

“Because of Fariborz Maseeh’s keen interest in the health of the environment, and after visiting [the UCI Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing], he decided to establish this fellowship, which has allowed four bright Persian students to come to the U.S. and conduct research at UCI,” said Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, director of the CHRS. “There are so many talented students in Iran that could flourish and make a contribution if given the opportunity.”

Maseeh’s gift of $25,000 per fellowship ($100,000 total) funds one year of graduate study.

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