Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Rehan “Reh” Balsara ’23
Rehan “Reh” Balsara ’23 was initially drawn to the Whitman School’s finance program and its emphasis on experiential learning. He says, “During my first two years, I became aware of the strong interrelationship between quantitative management disciplines and their imminent transformation by technology and data science.”
This realization prompted him to take on a challenging triple major in accounting, business analytics and finance. As if that weren’t enough, Balsara is also minoring in psychology through the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, not a typical combination for a quantitative thinker, but one that links his decision making to a studied understanding of human behavior.
In only his first three years, Balsara has made a name for himself on campus.
His Whitman experience transcends the classroom. During his sophomore year, he was selected as an academic research assistant to work with Assistant Professor Cameron Miller. Balsara explains that in this position he “harnesses the power of statistical computing programming languages and machine learning to innovatively develop business strategy models.”
Balsara is a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program; his honors capstone project has significant real-world applicability. He is providing strategic consultancy for industry-first mutual funds to a leading international asset management company. He has also been recruited as a business analytics intern by EY-Parthenon for summer 2022.
Additionally, Balsara has been honored for his academic achievement and contribution to Whitman and the University through numerous awards and scholarships including, most recently, the Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Award, which recognizes his leadership role in Whitman’s service-oriented, collaborative and inclusive learning environment.
Many might also know Balsara as one of Whitman’s lead admissions ambassadors and a University 100 mentor. He has been the face of Syracuse University to over a thousand prospective student applicants and their families.
Balsara says, “I’m proud to inspire incoming generations of outstanding students who, in turn, will shape the future of Whitman and Syracuse University.”