Taher Saifuddin Abbas, Finance and Quantitative Economics

At graduation in May, Taher Saifuddin Abbas will be recognized twice as a King O’Neal Scholar, an honor recognizing those who earn an undergraduate degree with a 4.0 grade point average. Why twice? Because the international student from Bangladesh will earn two bachelor’s degrees, one in finance and one in quantitative economics, with a minor in business analytics and information systems, with a perfect GPA.

Abbas served as a summer global business intern at Amgen and did so well there that the firm converted the internship into a year-long co-op. Abbas says he gained valuable skills in project management. Working with Amgen executives, he says also saw how group projects in class are not that dissimilar to those in the workplace. 

He communicates using eight languages: five spoken (Bangla, Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish and English) and three programming (SQL, C#, and R).  Abbas is also experienced in a number of business tools, including Tableau, Oracle DB, and UiPath.  He has Bloomberg Market, UiPath Citizens Developer and Google Analytics certifications.

The Judy Genshaft Honors College student enjoys learning but does more. He has served as a resident assistant for USF Housing, been part of the Bangladesh Student Association, is a member of the Student Investment Club, and recently began volunteering for Junior Achievement. Abbas participated in a service adventure trip in Puerto Rico with the Honors College LLC. He also worked with the Haitian Education Project in Tampa, raising $10,000 to help build a school for underprivileged children in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. 

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