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The Lerman-Neubauer Fellowship Program at Brandeis University was inaugurated in 2008 to recognize students with exceptional scholastic records who possess the potential to make significant contributions to the academic field of their choice.
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, a 1969 Brandeis University graduate and member of its board of trustees, is founder and president of J.P. Lerman & Co., a practice devoted to solving strategic marketing and communications problems for corporations and nonprofit organizations. Prior to incorporation, she spent 27 years solving similar problems for Fortune 500 companies. For more information, read Jeanette's biography.
In addition to gaining access to all that Brandeis offers, each fellow receives two stipends that guarantee him or her the chance to conduct a summer-long research project or internship, on top of myriad opportunities for interdisciplinary and extracurricular exploration. Fellows also enroll in specially designed seminars in the first and second years at Brandeis.
Lerman-Neubauer Fellows form a strong cohort and partake in a number of community building opportunities. This starts with a pre-New Student Orientation retreat that allows incoming Lerman-Neubauer Fellows to meet each other before diving into the general New Student Orientation. As a community, Fellows also participate in culturally rich group outings to experience all that the Boston area has to offer. Events include trips to professional sporting events and theater productions, excursions to Boston museums, dinners at local restaurants, and academically geared roundtables, workshops, and discussions.
Below is an outline of requirements in each year:
First Year: Fellows enroll in one of two specialized First-Year Seminars geared specifically toward scholar students. These are small classes, capped at 14-15 students each, and taught by highly regarded faculty members. All students in the classes are Lerman-Neubauer Fellows or other first-year scholars. The First-Year Seminar is 4-credits and is one of the 4 or 5 classes that a student takes in their first semester.
Second Year: Fellows enroll in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to cater toward their interests as a group and as individuals. The Second-Year Seminar is organized around broad, intellectually challenging themes and team-taught by four faculty from all areas of the University. The Second-Year Seminar is taken across both the Fall and Spring semester with 2 credits attributed in each semester.
Third Year: Fellows will have declared a major and worked with their faculty and staff advisers to develop and execute research topics. Those interested in completing a Senior Thesis begin to determine their topic during this year. Students in their third year are also encouraged to study abroad in one of our more than 250 programs in 70 countries worldwide.
Fourth Year: In the senior year, Fellows will meet regularly as a group to discuss academic and personal developments over the year. This includes faculty speakers, thesis research presentations, and time to discuss job and/or graduate school searches. Seniors are also encouraged to apply for various post-graduate fellowships and grants. Students will gain valuable resources and guidance if they wish to pursue graduate or professional school. Students desiring to enter the workforce will be kept informed of local, domestic and international networking and career opportunities.
All Brandeis students have access to a structured advisement system, which places priority on the interests of each student. Additionally, Lerman-Neubauer Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor in their first year who will guide them through their first two years at Brandeis (or until they declare a major) and help them navigate their interests in research and internship opportunities. All fellows also have the continual guidance of a staff academic and program adviser, who via regular meetings with students helps to monitor their progress, as well as organize special events, seminars, lectures and outings for the community.
Elizabeth Teurlay is the Program Advisor for the Lerman-Neubauer Fellowship Program. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Occidental College and a Master's of Education in Student Affairs from the University of California at Los Angeles. She comes to Brandeis University most recently from Boston College where she served as a Resident Director. She has experience with programming, academic advising, and leadership development.