"In recognition of your outstanding academic record at Rutgers University, I am pleased to announce that you will be one of a select group of graduating seniors who will be inducted this year into the Matthew Leydt Society." So read the letter Varun Arvind received from Rutgers President Robert Barchi. Named for the university's first graduate, in 1774, from what was then Queens's College, the Society was established last year to honor the university's top graduates from Rutgers–New Brunswick, commencing with the class of 2015.
At that first commencement, Leydt delivered orations in Latin, Dutch and English, and after graduation earned his license to enter the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church. At Queen’s College, he studied under Frederick Frelinghuysen, the college’s first tutor, and Reverend Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, who would later become the college’s first president in 1786
Arvind, a biomedical engineering student, was named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, joining only 259 other students out of more than 1,200 nationwide nominees to earn this prestigious award. The only engineering student from New Jersey receiving the award last year, his research focuses on stem cell differentiation and how to replicate its effects to help osteopenia victims or those with traumatic injuries.