Roosevelt Fellow Information

2017-2018 Selection Process

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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 (Usdan 130).


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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.

2016-2017 Roosevelt Fellows

Name Majors and Minors
Laura Bonvini Chemistry; Art History
Sherry Chen Biology, Neuroscience; East Asian Studies
Eunice Choe Biology and HSSP; Chemistry
Dena Goldblatt Neuroscience BS/MS, BIO, PSYC
Leah Goldman Politics, IGS; Economics, Legal Studies
Margot Grubert Politics, History; Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Mitchell Hutton Biology; Business 
Dahlia Kushinsky Neurosceince BS/MS
Diana Langberg HSSP, AAAS; Anthropology
Sarah Levy English, Creative Writing; Art History
Chloe Newlon Psychology; Computer Science
Verna Peng Neuroscience and COSI; Philosophy
Alex Qian

Math; Physics

Nathan Taber

Biology and HSSP; Chemistry

Ayantu Temesgen Biochemistry; Computer Science

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

Laura Bonvini

Laura B.Laura is a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Art History. She is from Piacenza, a small town close to Milan, Italy founded in 218 BC. With her home 8000 miles away, Laura feels very lucky to have found an extremely welcoming and fun community at Brandeis.  Laura can often be found working in Dr. Pochapsky’s Biochemistry Lab or in the General Chemistry Lab where she loves to be a Teaching Assistant. When she is not in the Shapiro Science Center,  Laura can be spotted at the gym dancing, playing volleyball, in a random kitchen cooking or lying on the grass outside. She enjoys reading and chatting about chemistry, classics, art and most of all, adorable puppies. Laura is super excited to be a Roosevelt Fellow and cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2020!

Sherry Chen

Sherry ChenSherry is a junior from Quincy, MA, majoring in Biology (and possibly in Neuroscience, too) with a minor in East Asian Studies. As a first generation college student, she is a part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) and loves being able to share her experiences with other students. Sherry is also a pre-health student and the co-President of the Pre-Health Society. This summer, she has the opportunity to intern in the Department of Anesthesia at the Boston Children's Hospital, where she is conducting research on Cell Saver and its cost-effectiveness and observing relevant cases in the OR! While she intends to go to medical school after Brandeis, she still hasn't decided which specialty of medicine to go into. Outside of classes, Sherry could be found at Admissions, giving tours and chatting with prospective students, or in the Shapiro Science Center, where she is a TA for Biology Lab. She enjoys exploring Boston, eating Asian cuisine with friends (she loves bubble tea!), and catching up on the latest episodes of Bones and Elementary. She is very excited to be working with the Class of 2020!

Eunice Choe

EuniceCEunice is a senior pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) on the pre-health track; as well as minors in Chemistry and event planning for the performing arts. Although she graduated high school from the almost-Canadian/truly Upstate NY city of Plattsburgh, Eunice grew up in New Hampshire and Alaska. While her academic passions at Brandeis have evolved to focus on pathophysiology, medicine, and public health, Eunice has also absolutely loved learning more about the world by connecting with people through music, dance, and cultural clubs on campus. Specific activities that have truly shaped Eunice’s Brandeis experience include serving as Co-President of the Adagio Dance Company, being the K-Nite Coordinator and traditional Korean fan dance instructor for the Brandeis Korean Students Association (BKSA), playing violin in the BWO and chamber music class, volunteering in Honduras with the Brandeis Global Medical Brigade, working as a pharmacy technician, interning at the Adirondack Medical Home/Adirondacks ACO, and being a part of the Brandeis Cornerstone Church Community. This fall, Eunice is ecstatic to be serving her second year as Co-President of Adagio, a TA for Physiology, the senior advisor of BKSA, and a Roosevelt Fellow for the Class of 2020! Welcome!

Dena Goldblatt

DenaGDena is a senior from Warwick, Rhode Island majoring in Neuroscience, Biology, and Psychology, with a minor in History. She intends to pursue a dual BS/MS degree, and ultimately an MD-PhD in Neuroscience. Although she is a pre-health student, her main passion is research. To that end, she is heavily involved with undergraduate research opportunities at Brandeis and currently works in the Paradis Lab studying synapse development. She is passionate about being a mentor for students and is a tutor for the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) and an Undergraduate Department Representative (UDR) for the Psychology Department. She is also an EMT with BEMCo (Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps). Outside of academics, she is a captain on the Ski and Snowboard Team and spends most of her free time rock climbing with the Mountain Club. She enjoys thai food, discovering new flavors of tea, and occasionally getting a real night of sleep. (She hopes the tea will support the latter.) Dena is excited to return to the Roosevelt Fellow team and can’t wait to meet the class of 2020!

Leah Goldman

LeahGLeah is a senior at Brandeis majoring in Politics and International and Global studies. She is proudly from the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, home to Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, Uma Thurman, and the most scenic fall foliage in New England. While not reading about, writing about, and discussing the political world for school, she is probably listening to NPR and would like to both thank and blame her western mass upbringing for the habit. Leah is grateful to have had the opportunity to spend her junior year abroad at the University of Oxford, an academic experience she describes as “the same except for that your school is a castle, the coffee is more expensive, and there is 3x less time to do 3x more work.” Her favorite part of being abroad was the opportunity to travel and experience some of the most beautiful places in the world with Portugal, (for the food and the coastline), and Austria, (for the mountains), topping her list of favorites. While away she deeply missed Starving Artists, an a cappella group on campus she has had the pleasure of being in as both a member and a musical director since her freshman year at Brandeis, as well as her lovely family, friends, professors and peers. She looks very forward to meeting you!

Margot Grubert

MargotGMargot Grubert '17 is a proud native of Toronto, Canada. She double majors in History and Politics with a minor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition, Margot spent the fall 2015 semester studying international development in Vietnam. At Brandeis, Margot is the president of Hillel Theater Group and a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. In her free time, Margot can be found playing music with friends, exploring Boston, and watching re-runs of Chopped. Margot cannot wait to welcome the Brandeis class of 2020 as part of the Rosie team!

Mitchell Hutton

MitchellHMitchell is a junior from sunny Orange, California. He is double majoring in Biology and Business, and has loved being able to explore a variety of academic disciplines at Brandeis. Eventually, he intends to pursue an MBA in Healthcare Administration and work in the healthcare or biotechnology industries. As a member of the Brandeis Cross-Country and Track teams, Mitchell can often be found running up and down South Street, on the outdoor track, or in the Gosman Sports Center. When he isn’t studying or running, Mitchell enjoys goofing off with friends, volunteering at sporting events, binge watching Netflix shows, watching movies while pretending to be a critic, explaining to people that he has never actually seen the Real Housewives of Orange County, and listening to music. Mitchell can’t wait to meet the Class of 2020 and help them create their own amazing Brandeis experience!

Dahlia Kushinsky

DahliaKDahlia is a senior from Stoughton, MA majoring in Neuroscience with a dual BS/MS degree. Over her 4 years at Brandeis, she has been compelled to participate in activities which stray from her area of study, and is glad that the Brandeis community has been supportive in this quest. She has been heavily involved with the Brandeis Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC) acting as assistant stage manager, props designer, and producer for several different shows, was a co-coordinator for the Brandeis Bridges fellowship, and is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon. These experiences have been an incredibly meaningful part of her liberal arts education and have impacted the way she thinks about and interacts with the world around her. She is also a Neuroscience Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR) and is devoted to her research in the Marder Lab where she investigates the workings of crab hearts and the neural networks which control them. When Dahlia isn’t working or studying, you may find her exploring foreign countries and tasting every type of food she can find! She is looking forward to being a Roosevelt Fellow and working with the class of 2020 to help inspire and ensure their success at Brandeis and beyond!

Diana Langberg

DianaLDiana is a senior from New Jersey double majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) with a minor in Anthropology. As a midyear, she spent her first semester abroad in London and later became a midyear Orientation Leader. Diana aspires to advance the awareness and treatment of mental health and further work to address underlying societal stigma. In the past, she has provided community case-work and advising for displaced populations and served as a research intern studying child mental healthcare access with both the Massachusetts Health Council and a Task Force in New Mexico. She is excited to be currently working in Boston as a full-time clinical and research intern at the CEDAR clinic focusing on the early intervention and prevention of psychotic disorders. Diana is dedicated to engaging in complex discourses such as race relations, mental health, disability studies, health policy, and really any social issues. She is passionate about photography and the arts, avocado on toast, public service, tiny pigs, music, travel, and is so excited to share her experiences and welcome the Class of 2020!

Sarah Levy

SarahLSarah is a senior from Randolph, New Jersey. She is double majoring in English and Creative Writing, as well as minoring in Art History. Sarah loves being involved on campus. When she’s not in class, Sarah can be found in the Student Events office serving as the Director of Public Relations or in the Admissions office, giving tours and hosting lunches with prospective students.  As well, she is an active participant in Jewish life on campus, having served on the board of the BaRuCH (the Reform Jewish Chavurah) in past years. During the summers, Sarah works as a camp counselor at URJ Eisner Camp, out in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In her free time, Sarah loves watching videos of puppies, baking, drinking iced coffee, and working to figure out the perfect length of time for a mid-day nap. Sarah is so excited to serve as a Roosevelt Fellow for a second year and can’t wait to meet all the class of 2020!

Chloe Newlon

ChloeNChloe is a senior, born in Washington state, raised all over the country, from Washington to Montana to North Carolina, and now, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science. She can typically be found at the LTS Help Desk in the Goldfarb Library, in the Brown Social Science building, or wandering around the Science complex. While at Brandeis, she has very much enjoyed being able to take advantage of the small community to become close with her peers and professors. In addition to her academics, she works as a manager at the LTS Help Desk, as a Research Assistant in Dr. Angela Gutchess’s Aging, Culture, and Cognition psychology research lab, and as a Head Usher at Slosberg Music Center. When she isn’t working, Chloe enjoys being president of the Swing Dance Club, and climbing rock walls and exploring the outdoors with the Mountain Club. In her free time (what is free time?) she enjoys reading, personal fitness, spending time with friends on- and off-campus, and listening to music. Chloe is honored to be able to act as a Roosevelt Fellow for the coming academic year, and is excited to meet the Class of 2020!

Zhuyu (Verna) Peng


Verna Peng is a senior born and raised in Guizhou, China, double-majoring in neuroscience and biology, minoring in computer science, and intending to pursue a BS/MS degree in neuroscience. As a transfer student from China, Verna developed comprehensive understanding to different majors and unique opinions about college life. Verna regards Brandeis as a diverse and attractive community, where she learned the essence of independence and responsibility. At Brandeis, Verna also found her passion for neuroscience and is now working at Professor Steve Van Hooser’s lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. Verna is genuinely concerned about the unbalanced distribution of medical and educational resources and she had been actively involved in volunteering and fund-raising events to support rare diseases patients. In the past seven years, Verna also had been sponsored several students for better education and took it as a life-long responsibility.  In her free time, Verna enjoyed working in a subtitle translation group, watching movies, and learning new languages. Verna is very excited to meet the Class of 2020!


Alex Qian

Alex QAlex Qian is a junior from Queens, New York majoring in Math and Physics. In addition to being a Roosevelt Fellow, he holds another position in Academic Services as the Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study (BUGS) leader for introductory physics. Overall, he is working towards his goal of becoming a high school math teacher. When not in class or at work (or at the library studying), Alex is also a member of Brandeis Asian Baptist Student Koinonia (ABSK), where he attends Friday Night Bible Study, goes to church on Sundays, and eats really awesome food! In his free time, Alex can also be found occasionally playing squash or volleyball at the Gosman Gym, watching sitcoms, or bingeing anime (he particularly enjoys romantic comedies). As Alex is living off-campus, he is also preparing to take on the challenge of learning how to cook! Growing up in the city, he found the environment of Brandeis different at first (in particular less bright) and needed to adjust. What he likes about Brandeis is the many opportunities to grow; he believes the students are what makes Brandeis great by creating a supportive academic culture. Alex is excited to welcome the Class of 2020 as they begin their college experience!

Nathan Taber

NathanTNate is a Senior from Rochester, Massachusetts, majoring in Biology and HSSP and minoring in Chemistry. After spending the fall of 2015 abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, he decided to apply to medical school after graduating from Brandeis. Although most pre-med students find it difficult to go abroad and finish all their requirements, Nate was able to study in Copenhagen and learn from Danish and European doctors, which enforced his decision to pursue medicine. While being heavily involved in pre-med requirements, he also spends much of his time with BFC, the Brandeis club soccer team, where he serves on the Executive Board of the team. In addition, he is an avid amateur photographer, and is a member of the Brandeis Photo Club and a photographer for The Hoot newspaper. Since his sophomore year, he has worked in Gyrzmish in the Office of Students and Enrollment as an Administrative Assistant, and will continue to work there during his senior year. Last year, Nate was a volunteer for Brandeis Symbiosis where he regularly volunteered at a Greyhound Friends Shelter, and after this experience, is determined to adopt a greyhound. Before coming back to Brandeis for his senior year, Nate was a shadow in the emergency room of Tobey Hospital near his home, while also working on getting his SCUBA certification. During his free time he can often be found on the turf with his teammates, taking photos, reading a good book or listening to his favorite music. He is excited to serve as a Roosevelt Fellow and meet the class of 2020 in August!

Ayantu Temesgen

AyantuTAyantu is a senior from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia pursuing a BS/MS in Biochemistry- yes, it is definitely possible to have only one major at Brandeis. She spends most of her time doing research in Professor Dorothee Kern’s Biochemistry lab. She is also a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry and the Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR) for the Biochemistry department. When Ayantu is not in class or in lab, she works as a Phonathon caller, serves as a member of the Brandeis Fashion Design Club and volunteers as an ambassador at the Admissions’ Office. She likes trying new student clubs that are out of her comfort zone every semester, it keeps things interesting. Ayantu’s favorite memories at Brandeis include doing reverse trick-or-treating with middle school students as a volunteer in the Waltham Group, performing with Rebelle Afro-Caribbean Dance Group and dancing with Abyssinia Ethiopian Dance Team. Performing with Abyssinia helps her enjoy an essence of home here at Brandeis while show-casing the diverse Ethiopian traditional dances. Ayantu also enjoys attending various cultural shows on and off campus, watching Suits, and playing volleyball. She loves spicy food and cooking with friends is her newest hobby. Ayantu is super excited to serve as a Rosie! Welcome class of 2020!