Roosevelt Fellow Information

Do you want to be a Roosevelt Fellow?

Applications to become a 2016-2017 Roosevelt Fellow are now available! Please click this link to sign up for a group interview.

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).

Roosevelt Fellows also hold Library Drop-in Hours next to the Research Center (near the computers) on Mondays and Wednesdays. from 7-8pm.

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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

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2015-2016 Roosevelt Fellows

Name Majors and Minors
Marshall Chang American Studies, Business and Economics
Dena Goldblatt Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology
Pooja Gupta Neuroscience and Biology
Meher Irani Biology, Chemistry (Chemical Biology)
Elyse Jackson East Asian Studies; IGS
Abby Kirshbaum Psychology; Business, SJSP
Nick Levergood Chemical Biology; Anthropology
Sarah Levy English, Creative Writing; Art History
Zach Marlin History, Theater Arts; Secondary Teacher Education
Rebecca Mitchell Economics, IGS; Environmental, Legal Studies
Lauren Offerman Education Studies; French, NEJS
Shayna Rubenstein Sociology, Biology; Chemistry
Bezaye Teshome Neuroscience, Biology; Anthropology

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

Marshall Chang 

Marshall Chang

Marshall is a senior from Beijing, China, triple majoring in American Studies, Business and Economics. Arriving in the states for the first time in 2012, Marshall has discovered his unique Brandeis experience involving investment, bodybuilding and traveling. Marshall has been a passionate participant of the financial markets since his second semester in Brandeis, as he started trading Foreign Exchange and joined the Investment Club. He also enjoys organizing investment related events such as trading competition and alumni panel discussion to help students navigate their career path in finance. It is his pleasure to be elected the president of Investment Club this year, striving to manage club's value investment account and throwing more events for students. Besides being a Roosevelt Fellow, Marshall also consults with students regarding health and fitness. As a bodybuilding aficionado, he believes that fitness is all about helping others reaching their goals. He has not only competed in bodybuilding but also started the Health and Fitness Club to educate and benefit the Brandeis Community. If you ever talk to Marshall, don't be surprised that he may know more about America than you! Majoring in American Studies and traveling to the mid-west are his most treasured experience. Marshall is very thankful to be part of the prestige group of Roosevelt Fellow, and he is more than ready to welcome the class of 2019!

Dena Goldblatt 

Dena Goldblatt
Dena is a junior from Warwick, Rhode Island majoring in Neuroscience, Biology, and Psychology. 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 spends most of her time working in the Biological Laboratory for Health Psychology. She also loves 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. Outside of academics, she is an active member of the Ski and Snowboard Club. Recently, Dena also became EMT certified and is excited to join the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) this year. She enjoys thai food, experimenting with different types of tea, and occasionally getting a real night of sleep. (She hopes the tea will support the latter.) Dena is crazy excited to join the Roosevelt Fellow team and can’t wait to meet the class of 2019!

Pooja Gupta

Pooja Gupta
Pooja is a senior from Westford, MA majoring in Neuroscience and Biology. As a pre-health student, Pooja has explored many research labs here at Brandeis before finding happiness in Dr. John Lisman's Neuroscience Lab where she has been working for the past two years. She loves being a part of the peer counseling service on campus known as Students Talking About Relationships (S.T.A.R.) and is more than willing to sit down, listen, and chat the day away. To take a break from the sciences, Pooja treasures being a member of various extra curricular activities including Swing Dance, and the South Asian Students Association (S.A.S.A.). She is thrilled to be co-president of the Krav Maga club for another year and can't wait to get back to throwing mean punches and deadly kicks. However her biggest passion is being a choreographer and instructor as the co-captain of Brandeis' Bollywood Fusion dance team, Chak De. In her spare time, Pooja can be found doodling, jamming out by herself, laying in the grass (only on the nice days), and/or hanging out with dear friends. She is so excited to share her experiences and welcome the incoming class of 2019 with open arms!

Meher Irani 

Margaret Hoffman

Meher is a senior from Mumbai, India, (Yes, where all the Bollywood movies are made) majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a specialization in Chemical biology. As an international student here at Brandeis, she has found her second home among the friendly faces of the Brandeis community. While she plans to matriculate to medical school soon, Meher enjoys serving as a student leader and advisor on campus. She plays an active role in the Admissions Department where she will serve as a senior interviewer this coming fall. As a way of being connected with her roots, Meher is actively involved in the South Asian Students Association where she serves as President. Being a part of the Intercultural clubs has given her the opportunity to learn about new cultures and appreciate unique traditions. She also serves as the undergraduate representative for biology where she guides prospective biology majors with their academic coursework. In her spare time, Meher is often spotted at the gym or walking around aimlessly on Newbury Street in Boston. Meher is very excited to meet the Class of 2019. Welcome! 

Elyse Jackson

Elyse Jackson

Elyse Jackson is a senior pursuing a major in East Asian Studies and a minor in IGS. She has dedicated much of her time to the study of foreign languages and has become passionate about finding opportunities to use her languages as a tool to foster cross cultural understanding and to help others. Elyse has studied Chinese, Japanese, French and Korean at Brandeis, and Latin, Spanish, French, Thai and Vietnamese in high school. She has traveled to China and Japan where she used her Japanese language skills to understand the needs of those who were devastated by a recent tsunami, translate for her team and create the curriculum for a summer English camp. Previously, Elyse tutored international students and refugees in English. In addition, Elyse is the founder and president of the Chinese Language Table Club, the Vice President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars , the Social Chair of the Student Language Exchange and The East Asian Studies/Chinese Department UDR. Elyse's hobbies include: learning new languages, watching random Ted Talks videos, binge watching The Office and listening to the Disney Station on Pandora. She feels very fortunate to have been selected to be a Roosevelt Fellow and looks forward to meeting the class of 2019! 

Abby Kirshbaum 

Abby Kirshbaum

Abby is a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She majors in Psychology and minors in Business and Social Justice & Social Policy. She was a 2013 midyear and spent her most recent semester (spring 2015) in Copenhagen, Denmark studying Prostitution and the Sex Trade. Abby can often be found in the SCC theater performing with the Brandeis Ensemble Theater and the Hillel Theater Group. At other times you can either find her in the Health Psychology Lab where she is a research assistant, or in the Gosman gym where she teaches Zumba! If not in these three places she is probably watching How I Met Your Mother, biking around Waltham, or eating an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. Throughout her years at Brandeis, Abby has also been involved in Jewish life, Waltham Group and Orientation. This summer, Abby is spending her first summer in 11 years away from Herzl Camp and interning at Pride at Work, a non-profit that represents LGBT union members and their allies. Abby is so excited to meet the class of 2018 and is so honored to be a Roosevelt Fellow!

Nick Levergood  

Nick Levergood

Nick is a senior from the tiny town of Northwood, New Hampshire. He is studying for a major in Chemical Biology and a minor in Anthropology. He became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician during his freshman year and has volunteered ever since with the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) both as Treasurer and in many different clinical roles.  This past summer, he volunteered with a non-profit building support and awareness for Usher Syndrome and also served as an EMT on an ambulance in the Boston-area. Besides being a Roosevelt Fellow, Nick is also a Teaching Assistant for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory course. Some of his favorite memories come from volunteering at his local hospital and meeting lots of inspiring people. He loves live music, crafting homemade wooden pens with his dad and finding every coffee shop in the city and secret hangout spot around campus! Nick is passionate about medical anthropology, health and fitness, volunteering in public service and most of all, is thrilled to meet the Class of 2019 and be a returning Roosevelt Fellow!

Sarah Levy 

Karan Malik

Sarah is a junior 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 and can’t wait to meet all the class of 2019!

Zach Marlin 

Zach Marlin

Zach is a senior from the great city of Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in History and Theatre Arts with a minor in Secondary Teacher Education. Zach can often be found in and around the SCC Theater, as the President of the Brandeis Players theater group and one of the three directors of the upcoming 24-Hour Musical, as well as a writer for Boris' Kitchen. Zach is also a member of the Brandeis Starving Artists a cappella group and is heavily involved in the sports department of WBRS. Zach spent his past semester studying in London and working with British writer-director Julia Pascal, and has also worked regionally with Pittsburgh City Theatre and Front Porch Theatricals. He will also be student teaching History at Day Middle School in the spring. In his little pockets of free time, Zach can be found watching any of the three Pittsburgh sports teams (Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins), watching and discussing movies and theater, especially when it comes to the Oscars, and binge-watching sitcoms on Netflix. Zach is so excited to be a Roosevelt Fellow, and to show the Class of 2019 why Brandeis is so incredible!

Rebecca Mitchell    

Rebecca Mitchell

Rebecca is a senior, born and raised in the great state of Maine, in the town of Scarborough to be specific. She is double majoring in Economics and International & Global Studies and double minoring in Environmental and Legal Studies. One of her favorite parts about Brandeis is that she's been exposed to and been able to take so many different classes with so many awesome professors, changing what she initially wanted to focus on in college. Academics aren't the only thing that she's involved in at Brandeis. In her past three years at Brandeis she has been involved with the Ballroom Dancing Club, the Field Hockey Club, and volunteered at a local nursing home. She's also a Girl Scout Troop Leader on campus for a group of local Waltham-area girls and has discovered a newfound passion for boxing! She never boxed before coming to Brandeis and is now serving her second year as president of the Brandeis Boxing Club, loving every minute of it! In addition to clubs, Rebecca spent her sophomore year working for the Department of Community Living as a Community Advisor (CA) for a floor or 20 first year students. The summer after her sophomore year she had the privilege of studying abroad with the Brandeis in the Hague Program and this past spring she studied abroad in Mongolia! This summer she is completing her dream summer internship thanks to funding from the Hiatt Career Center's WOW grant program. In her spare time, she loves hanging out and cooking with friends, exploring Boston, gardening or really doing anything with plants, and watch obscenely old shows on TVLAND. Rebecca is incredibly excited for her senior year and can't wait to welcome the Class of 2019 to Brandeis!

Lauren Offermann 


Lauren is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, majoring in Education Studies with a dual minor in French and Near Eastern Judaic Studies. As a student worker for Hillel at Brandeis, she has learned the ins-and-outs of Jewish programs and events throughout the University. She plans on pursuing a career in Jewish Youth Programming or non-profit work. She spent the past summer interning at her Synagogue with the Director of Communication and Engagement and the Director of Education. She has also enjoyed taking a range of class topics including disability studies, sociology, and Spanish classes. She has also served on the Reform Chavurah Board and has worked for the Alumni Research Development department. She enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with friends and family, and cheese. She is a huge fan of country music and can frequently be found in the car belting to her tunes. She cannot wait to welcome the incoming class of 2019 to our Brandeis community!

Shayna Rubenstein    

Shayna Rubenstein

Shayna is a senior from Lexington, MA. Pursuing double majors in Biology and Sociology and a minor in Chemistry, she has loved being able to delve into so many different academic departments at Brandeis. A pre-health student, Shayna always makes time to participate in activities she loves on campus. She can often be found dancing with Brandeis’ Adagio Dance Company and Hooked on Tap, designing costumes for various Undergraduate Theater Company productions, and helping with Hillel at Brandeis in both official and non-official capacities. Shayna also serves as an Organic Chemistry Lab TA and a Biology Lab TA where she loves to help others succeed! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out wtih friends, running, looking up random facts, cheering on the Red Sox, and quoting The Office. Shayna can't wait to share her love of Brandeis with the incoming class of 2019!


Bezaye Teshome 

Dan Truong

Bezaye T. Teshome is a senior from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who is double-majoring in Neuroscience & Biology and minoring in Anthropology. Having moved 8000 miles away for college, Bezaye is incredibly happy to have found a second home at Brandeis. In addition to having a great academic experience at Brandeis, Bezaye has also been involved in several extracurricular activities including serving as the President of the Brandeis African Students Organization (BASO), volunteering in the Waltham Group and working in the Alumni Development Office as a phonathon caller. She has especially enjoyed her advising roles as an orientation leader and a community advisor through which she has been able to assist other Brandeis students. Bezaye loves the show Friends and will frequently quote it in conversations. She also enjoys performing in cultural shows and doing some creative writing. Bezaye is very excited to welcome the Class of 2019 and use her academic and extracurricular experiences to help make their time at Brandeis wonderful.