Brandeis Board of Pre-Health Advisors

Kate Stutz
Director of Pre-Health Advising

Rebecca Chafel
Foster Research Labs

Sarah Curi
Department of Health: Science, Society, & Policy, and Legal Studies

Jean Deo
Senior Advisor
Pre-Health Advising

Milos Dolnik
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Anita Hannig
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Kristen Mascall
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Maria de Boef Miara
Department of Biology

Sacha Nelson
Department of Biology

Linda Pololi
Senior Research Scientist
Women's Studies Research Center

Mayada Saadoun
Senior Research Associate and Lecturer
Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Rebecca Torrey
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics

Elanah Uretsky
Visiting Assistant Professor 
Department of Anthropology

Emily Westover 
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Ellen Wright
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

The Pre-Health Board Process

The Board of Pre-Health Advisors is composed of members of the faculty and administrators. The Board assists current students and alumni who are ready to apply to medical or other health professions schools in two important ways. First, Advisors work with students individually as they develop the various aspects of their applications, and help students assess the strengths and weaknesses of their candidacies. Second, the Board provides a letter of recommendation for students applying to medical or other health professions schools. Medical (MD and DO), dental, podiatric medical, and optometry schools either require or very highly recommend such a letter of recommendation for applicants.

In order to receive a letter from the Board, applicants are required to take the following steps

  • Attend an Applicant Workshop session
    Sessions are held throughout the fall semester on various days of the week. Check the prehealth website at for a complete schedule (note that you need only attend one session!).
  • Submit an Intake Form and meet with a Pre-Health Advisor
    In this meeting, you'll discuss your candidacy, and the Pre-Health Advising team will get to know you better as you start the Board and committee letter process.
  • Complete Slate application
    This includes materials that you will need to prepare to apply to programs, including a personal statement, activities list, transcripts, and short answer essays
  • Interview with members of the Board
    The interview allows the Board to become familiar with each student applying to medical or other health professions schools. They are held during the spring semester of each year.
  • Request individual letters of recommendation
    We require between 3-6 individual letters of recommendation. Two letters must come from science faculty, and the other letter(s) can come from anyone of your choosing. Your letter writers will upload these directly to the Slate application on your behalf.

The Committee Letter of Recommendation from the Board of Pre-Health Advisors
The committee letter includes a holistic letter written by the Board as well as all of your individual letters of recommendation. These are then submitted as a complete packet to the centralized application on your behalf.