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If you have any questions about the Fellowship, or wish to nominate a student, please contact rsimons@brandeis.edu.

The Quantitative Biology Research Community (QBReC) is a unique new program that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research with acclaimed Brandeis faculty who are working at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Combining the cutting edge research of faculty in physics, biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology, and neuroscience, with personalized mentoring of Fellows, the QBReC program facilitates collaboration, critical thinking, and invaluable research experiences. In fact, QBReC in many ways mirrors the professional training of our doctoral students in the sciences, offering an intensive lab experience in your first year at Brandeis.

Perks of the Program

  • $82,000 in total scholarship funding, or $20,500 annually, renewable for up to eight semesters.
  • Two specialized courses designed for the Fellows during your freshman year.
  • Weekly QBReC lectures and discussion during the Spring semester with prominent speakers from Brandeis and neighboring universities.
  • Seven to ten QBReC Fellows will be awarded a ten-week summer research position to pursue their own original research questions in one of our world-renown interdisciplinary research labs. This position includes a $5000 stipend.

Program Details:


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How to be considered

During the application review process, Admissions representatives will nominate outstanding students to apply for the QBReC program. Selection is based on a candidate’s academic record, fit for the program, and area of academic interest. Nominated students should receive their invitation to apply by Mid-February. All applications must be received by your assigned deadline of either February 20 or February 27.

Program Logistics

Students enter the program in their first year by taking two specialized courses: a fall seminar on Nature’s Nanotechnology and a spring experiential-learning practicum. In the seminar (limited to 18 students), Professor Jané Kondev guides students in an exploration of cutting-edge problems in biology using ideas and techniques from physics and math.

For the spring practicum, selected students are placed into our most prominent interdisciplinary research labs, headed by QBReC professors where they spend the semester doing research projects. They work under the tutelage of graduate students from these six labs who have been specially selected and trained for this task. The class also meets for a weekly lecture in which QBReC professors and guest lecturers from other universities talk about the most exciting research going on at the interface of physics and biology.

Program Requirements

In order to maintain their funding and membership in the program, students must:

  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Achieve a 3.0 or above grade point average