Dr. Karen Vardanyan
Country of Origin: Armenia
Language(s) Spoken Other than English: Armenian, Russian
Areas of Research Interest: Liquid Crystal Materials and their applications
How Long Have You Been in the U.S.? 11 years
How Long Have You Been at SIUE? One Semester
What Do You Like Most About SIUE? The campus is amazing, the people are friendly and the hard working and also smart students.
What Do You Find To Be the Biggest Difference Between the U.S. and Your Home Country? In the United States it is much more recourses available for scientists to do research than in my country.
Interesting Facts: I received my undergraduate degree in Armenia in 1993. Armenia was part of the Soviet Union until the country collapsed in 1991. However up to 1993 the state universities were issuing diplomas with Soviet coat of arms imprinted on it. I was the last generation to receive that kind of diploma.