Apply Now to be a 2014-2015 Roosevelt Fellow!

The Office of Academic Services is now accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about the application process and to sign up for a group interview, click here.

Roosevelt Fellow Drop-in Hours

Each new student is assigned to a Roosevelt Fellow.  Fellows will be contacting new incoming students within the next several weeks. Please feel free, however, to contact any of the Fellows if you have questions or if you think you may share a common interest.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Roosevelt Fellows are available for drop-in appointments Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm in the Office of Academic Services Lobby.

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Peer Academic Advisors

Roosevelt Fellows are peer mentors who offer one-on-one academic advising to all Brandeis students with a focus on first years. We are upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) who have gone through an application process in order to hold this position. It is our job to share the benefits of our Brandeis experiences, and we are eager to do so. We can tell you about everything from choosing classes and professors to doing well on your tests to taking advantage of cool events on campus.

We are friendly and open to speaking with any student. All incoming first years are assigned a Roosevelt Fellow, but students can communicate with any Roosevelt Fellow they wish. We are easily accessible during our drop-in hours, which are held every weekday from 11 AM to 3 PM in Academic Services. Additionally, we run a number of noteworthy events on campus to reach out to students and to let you know what Brandeis has to offer.

We hope you will come see us; we are looking forward to meeting you! For information about events "like" our Facebook page.

- The Roosevelt Fellows

Roosevelt Fellows 2012-2013

2013-2014 Roosevelt Fellows

Name Majors and Minors
Rachel Benjamin English and American Studies; Theater Arts
David Benger Politics, Russian Studies; Yiddish and Eastern European Studies, Theater Arts
Ari Boltax Chemistry, Biology;Health: Science, Society and Policy
Ian Carroll Chemistry; German and Theater
Celine Hacobian Creative Writing and Italian Studies
Leah Igdalsky Psychology and Hispanic Studies; Social Justice and Social Policy
Deepti Kanneganti Neuroscience, Health: Science, Society and Policy, Biology; Chemistry
Ina Karanxha Psychology and Education Studies; Italian Studies
Daniel Marks Politics; Philosophy
Laine Meyer Psychology, Sociology; International and Global Studies
Ariel Milan-Polisar Psychology, Sociology; NEJS
Lily Siegel Hebrew Language and Literature; Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies
Kateri Spear Philosophy; Chemistry, Politics

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

Rachel Benjamin 

Rachel is a senior majoring in American Studies and English with a minor in Theater. Last summer she began working in admissions as a tour guide, (newly named ambassadors), and this fall will continue in that position along with being a Senior Interviewer. Since her sophomore year, she has been volunteering with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Program through the Waltham Group. Rachel also loves singing in Manginah, one of Brandeis’ fourteen acapella groups, and has acted in several UTC productions including RENT and Metamorphoses, as well as two 24 Hour Musicals. She recently returned from studying abroad at Queen Mary, University of London and had the opportunity to visit incredible countries such as Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Scotland. After being away for a semester, she is thrilled to be back at Brandeis which she considers her second home. In nice weather, she can frequently be found doing her work outside of the SCC, taking hikes in local parks, or surrounding herself with flowers in arboretums and gardens nearby. She also enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, baking, playing Bananagrams, and watching “Modern Family”. Rachel can’t wait to be a Roosevelt Fellow and is very excited to meet the incoming class of 2017!

Dave Benger 


Dave is a member of the Class of 2014. He hails from the big apple, and does his best advising as far as away from Red Sox paraphernalia as possible. He is a double major in Poltics and Russian Studies (for which he is also a UDR), and a minor in Theater Studies. He is also pursuing the recently discontinued minor in Yiddish and Eastern European Studies in hopes that the minor will be reinstated for future Brandeis students. David recently returned from the Brandeis in the Hague Spring semester program, and would be happy to talk about his experiences to anyone who will listen; he is also more than willing to help students with the complex decision that is study abroad. Whilst in the Hague, he fell in love with the world of international criminal law and has spent this past summer doing double duty as a research assistant at the United Nations and a Professional Associate at the American Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Most of his free time on campus is taken up by theater related activities. He has acted in several shows at Brandeis, and has recently made the switch to the directing role.He spent two summers ago at a Yiddish Language Intensive in New York, while acting in an off-off Broadway production of "Macbeth." He also plays hockey for the little known Brandeis club team. Dave loves travelling, working on challenging theater, resting, reading good books (ideally in their original languages), and being inspired by the talented people around him. As someone who has spent three years at Brandeis, he knows that though there are many factors that make Brandeis an excellent university, it is really the student body that makes Brandeis the unique institution that it is. He is absolutely thrilled to welcome the Class of 2017 to the Brandeis family, and is looking forward to meeting all of you!

Ari Boltax 


Ari is a senior majoring in Biology and Chemistry with specialization in Chemical Biology and minoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. As a pre-health student interested in pursuing science education, she regularly appears on the Dean’s list. Ari is passionately devoted to augmenting the integration of curricula for the Organic Chemistry and Biology teaching laboratories here at Brandeis through a project lab series on Huntington's disease. She serves as a Teaching Assitant for both the Organic Chemistry and Biology Laboratories as well as the course instructor for a Spring semester Experiential Learning Practicum that supplements the two labs. Ari has previously been an orientation leader, a research assistant in the Pepperberg parrot cognition lab, member of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, and Special Events Chair of the Relay for Life committee. In her free time, she enjoys making friends with Brandeis faculty and staff, playing guitar, performing magic, and relaxing in the dining halls. Ari is incredibly excited for her second year as a Roosevelt Fellow and cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2017!

Ian Carroll 

Ian Carroll

Ian is a junior from Pittsburgh, PA. He's majoring in Chemistry with minors in German and Theater. Ian can often be found in the SCC theater where he has done many musicals with Tympanium Euphorium and Hillel Theater Group. He is also the Coordinator for Student Production Services, a group that provides lights and sound for many club events. Ian loves experiencing new things at the many different events throughout the year and hopes to see you at some! This summer, Ian is excited to be interning at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh where he gets to teach kids about the science all around us and he is also excited to be a counselor at an environmental sustainability summer camp for the second time. He is also a huge Harry Potter fan, just saying. Ian can't wait to meet the Class of 2017 and is glad they chose Brandeis! 

Celine Hacobian 

Celine Hacobian

Celine is a senior from Lexington, MA double majoring in Creative Writing and Italian Studies. She also enjoys classics and Roman history. As soon as she arrived in North Quad and met her hall mates on Gordon 3, she knew she had made the right decision choosing Brandeis. While her GPA and Dean’s List status are very important to her, she also enjoys the many extracurricular activities she has been involved with at Brandeis. She volunteers at Kids Club helping kids with homework and planning activities for them after school. Celine is very involved in the Justice newspaper on campus; she was the Features editor last year, an Associate editor, and now the Online editor. She has also worked as a liaison for Brandeis Alumni Reunion. In her free time, she enjoys watching Gilmore Girls, cheering on the Celtics, playing the piano, and reading through travel guides planning trips with a coffee in hand. Celine is so excited to welcome the incoming class of 2017!

Leah Igdalsky 


Leah is a senior hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, pursuing double majors in Psychology and Hispanic Studies and a minor in Social Justice & Social Policy. One of her favorite aspects of academic life at Brandeis is the opportunity to combine classroom learning with real-life experience. Leah works at the Greater Waltham Arc, a non-profit that serves persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Waltham community, and as a research assistant for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School.  She also enjoys volunteering with Brandeis Buddies, a program in the Waltham Group that brings Brandeis undergraduates together with adults with developmental disabilities who work on campus for recreational and social activities. After spending the spring 2013 semester studying Spanish language and culture in Seville, Spain, Leah is excited to get back to Brandeis and help welcome the class of 2017 into the wonderful campus community!

Deepti Kanneganti  

Deepti Kanneganti

Deepti is a senior from Stoneham, MA pursuing majors in Neuroscience, Health: Science, Society and Policy, and Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is a pre-health student who regularly appears on the Dean’s List. On campus, Deepti channels the science geek within her by serving as a General Biology Laboratory Teaching Assistant. She has been an active participant of the South Asian Students’ Association and continues to indulge herself in the arts by working as part of the electrics crew at Spingold Theatre. As a passionate believer of giving back to the community, Deepti participates in many community service activities, including volunteering with Horizons for Homeless Children, Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S.), and Mass General Hospital as well as serving as a coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. This summer, Deepti is working in a lab at New England Biolabs that focuses on epigenetic research. In her spare time, she adventures away from the world of science by learning other nerdy things, exploring anything she can, knitting (a newfound hobby), watching the Celtics, and quoting the television show Friends. Deepti is a returning Roosevelt Fellow and cannot wait to share her love of Brandeis with the incoming class of 2017!

Ina Karanxha 


Ina is a junior from Stoneham, MA pursuing majors in Psychology and Education Studies and minors in Italian Studies and Art History. On campus, she is passionate about and thoroughly enjoys volunteer work and has participated in many community service activities through Waltham Group including: Companions to Elders, Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S), and K.I.D.S Club. She absolutely loves her job at Lemberg Children's Center as a teacher's assistant while she's at Brandeis and when she's on break, she works at the equally lovely Paper Store where she has the pleasure of meeting much of the elderly population of Stoneham, MA and engaging in memorable conversations. Ina has also gained a lot of experience as a research lab assistant when she volunteered at the Watson and Wright Developmental Research Laboratory and helped a student with her senior thesis project and this summer, she is excited to intern at the Trauma Center at Justice Research Institute in Brookline, MA and help with the Neurofeedback Research Study. In her spare time, Ina's hobbies include contemplating whether to spend more money to go to concerts that she feels she must absolutely attend because voices like that of Lianne La Havas are extremely rare, knitting or crocheting, watching hilarious videos of cats or re-watching Pride and Prejudice for the 100th time, gazing at the majesty of trees and of course, reading books. Most importantly, Ina is extremely excited to meet and welcome the class of 2017 to Brandeis University and she's sure that it will be a fantastic year!

Daniel Marks 

DanielDaniel is a senior from New York City, majoring in Politics and minoring in Philosophy. He chose Brandeis for its hands-on academic curriculum and the opportunity to attain leadership roles in a wide variety of activities. He previously served as a senator in the Student Union, and he is currently serving for the second year as an Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR) for the Politics department. He plans to have a very active final year at Brandeis, working as a Senior Interviewer at the Office of Admissions and as a Writing Tutor and Buddy Program Coordinator for the English Language and Gateway Scholars Program. In his free time, Daniel enjoys cooking, weightlifting, playing club soccer, and sailing on the Charles River. He is the Vice Captain of the Sailing Team, which takes him all over the northeast to compete against other universities. This summer, Daniel is working as an intern for the U.S. Senate, and he cannot wait to return to Waltham as a Roosevelt Fellow to meet the class of 2017!

Laine Meyer 

Laine Meyer

Laine Meyer is a senior of Westchester, New York double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in International and Global Studies. She has participated in many different activities on campus including the Club Sailing team, the mountain club, So Unique Step team, and she is an avid member of the audience to all of her friends performances. She has worked as an Orientation Leader for two years and is a Tour Guide and Senior Interviewer for admissions. During the semester of 2013, Laine studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. She had the opportunity to travel through Europe and see amazing cities throughout the continent. When she is not participating in extracurricular activities, working in admissions, or studying, she loves to hike, bike, paint, watch silly television shows, and hang out with friends. Laine can't wait to welcome the class of 2017! 

Ariel Milan-Polisar    


Ariel is a senior from Irvington, NY but has loved spending the past 3 years in the Boston area! With a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), she has loved getting to know her professors and classmates. In true Brandeis fashion, Ariel divides her time between academics and a number of extracurricular activities. She has been involved in Hillel in both official and unofficial capacities, has served as a Research Assistant in the Aging, Culture and Cognition Lab and has been involved in Brandeis Interfaith Group (BIG). Ariel is excited to be serving as the secretary of the Brandeis Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society, as well as secretary of the Brandeis Psychology Club for this coming year.  Off campus, she works at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley as a youth worker/teacher and has spent her last 11 summers in Great Barrington, MA at the scenic URJ Eisner Camp, most recently serving as Program Director.  In Ariel’s spare time, you might find her cooking with friends, knitting socks, running around Waltham or singing to herself. Ariel is excited for another challenging and rewarding year at Brandeis and can’t wait to welcome the class of 2017 as a Roosevelt Fellow! 

Lily Siegel 


Lily is a senior, hailing from a tiny town in upstate New York. She is majoring in Hebrew Language and Literature (no surprise that she studied abroad in Israel) and is minoring in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies. There are so many things she loves about Brandeis, the classes, the professors, the sense of community and of course the veggie burger in Usdan. She has the best job on campus, working as a student worker in Academic Services. In her free time, you can find Lily being the president of the Brandeis Reconstructionist Organization, doing zumba, dancing in chums, going to FMLA meetings or eating froyo. She has wanted to be a Roosevelt Fellow since she first stepped onto the Brandeis Campus and is so excited to welcome and meet the class of 2017!

Kateri Spear 


Kateri is a junior originally from Newburgh, NY. With a major in Philosophy and minors in Chemistry and Politics she has been able to delve into a variety of academic disciplines. She enjoys the novel task of developing connections between her diverse array of courses in the humanities and sciences. Kateri enjoys class and the work associated with learning new material, but she recognizes that her college experience would be incomplete without extracurricular involvement. She spends most of her time outside class volunteering through the various clubs of Waltham Group, the community service organization on campus, and is a co-coordinator for the Brandeis chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She is an Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant and works in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, she gets involved in the many performances and events on campus, despite her lack of musical or performance talent, by volunteering. She has found that if there is an activity you want to try at Brandeis there are always opportunities to become involved. When she is not busy on campus Kateri likes to run and explore the Waltham area. In the upcoming semesters she is excited to be a Roosevelt Fellow and to meet the fantastic members who make up the Class of 2017!