Roosevelt Fellow Information

Drop-In Hours link

Each new student is assigned a Roosevelt Fellow but students can feel free to contact any of the Roosevelt Fellows, especially if you think you may share a common interest.

Check who is your Roosevelt Fellow

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).

2018-2019 Roosevelt Fellow Application Extended!

Rising Juniors and Seniors interested in applying to be a Roosevelt Fellow: Applications for next academic year are reopened and extended until Tuesday, April 10
No group interview is necessary, just complete an electronic application, and upload an online cover sheet. Individual interviews will be offered to select candidates on a rolling basis. Click here to see the Roosevelt Fellow position description and application process.
For frequently asked questions, check this FAQ's sheetWant to know more about applying and the responsibilities of the position? Contact Academic Advisors Katie Dunn ( or speak to a current Roosevelt Fellow


Roosevelt Fellows

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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-year and transfer students. We are upperclass students (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 talk with  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.
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2017-2018 Roosevelt Fellows


Majors and Minors
Sherry Chen Biology, East Asian Studies; HSSP
Daniella Cohen Politics, HSSP; Economics, Philosophy
Rebecca Epstein Economics; SJSP, IGS
Linda Forrester Biology; HSSP
Anwesha Ghosh Biochemistry; Economics
Joel Hemsi IGS; Business, Economics
Sarah Hulit HSSP; Business
Mitchell Hutton Biology, Business
Alvin Liu Business, Computer Science; History, Economics
Henry McDonald HSSP; French and Francophone Studies, Legal Studies
Eliora Mintz History; Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies
Rose Monahan Education, French and Francophone Studies; Social Justice and Social Policy
Justin Pang

Biology; Chemistry

Roshelle Savdie

Psychology, Business

Senmiao Sun Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Biology

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

sherrySherry Chen is a senior from Quincy, MA, double-majoring in Biology and East Asian Studies with a minor in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). 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 President of the Pre-Health Society. While she intends to go to medical school after Brandeis, she still hasn't decided which specialty of medicine to pursue. Other than being in Academic Services, Sherry can be found 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 Elementary. This is Sherry’s second year being a Roosevelt Fellow, and she is very excited to be working with the Class of 2021! Her piece of advice: Don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it - get to know your resources! 

DaniellaDaniella Cohen is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in Politics and HSSP with minors in Economics and Philosophy. When she's not meeting with first years you can find her dancing with Adagio's Dance Ensemble, debating with the Brandeis debate team, or working as a research assistant at the Schuster Center for Investigative Journalism. Daniella is thrilled to be a Rosie this year and is passionate about improving the first-year experience. One piece of advice that she wishes someone had told her earlier is to get involved with the Waltham community. Whether it be volunteering through the Waltham group or becoming comfortable with what the city has to offer, you'll feel more at home if you do so. If you ever want to talk, have any questions, or are seeking advice, she welcomes emails and will gladly meet with you in person. 

BeccaBecca Epstein is a senior from Sudbury, Massachusetts majoring in Economics, with minors in Social Justice & Social Policy and International & Global Studies. Since studying abroad in Copenhagen her junior year, Becca is interested in working in global economic policy. When she’s not in class or studying, Becca plays frisbee with the Brandeis women’s ultimate team, skis on the Brandeis Ski and Snowboard team, and she’s the co-president of Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease. There’s always a good chance you can find her on a field with a disc. In her free time, she also enjoys doing puzzles, baking and eating cookies, and pretending to know the constellations when she’s watching the stars. Becca is so excited to get to know the class of 2021 as a Roosevelt Fellow! Her piece of advice for the class of 2021 is to explore and really get to know campus, Waltham, and Boston. There are a million cool places to wander! Also, use cookies as a motivation to finish your homework. 

LindaLinda Forrester is a member of the class of 2018. She is from Manchester, Jamaica and now resides in Bronx, New York. She is a pre-medical student majoring in Biology with a minor in Health: Science, Society and Policy. She enjoys reading, listening to music, dancing and exercising. She is very passionate about healthcare which has led her to take on roles as fundraising chair of Global Medical Brigades, social media chair of United Against Inequities in Disease, and a volunteer at The Family Van. She is also the Vice President of the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative and a choreographer for Sankofa and Rebelle dance troupes. Next semester she will be stepping out of her comfort zone to serve as a TA for Physiology. She wants new students to be open to stepping out of their comfort zone when they get to Brandeis as well, because as motivational speaker Lisa Nichols said in one of her speeches, “conviction and convenience don’t live on the same block.” Be prepared to step away from what is convenient for you in order to achieve your goals according to your convictions.  

AnweshaAnwesha Ghosh is a senior from Franklin, MA majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Economics. Along with her interests in science and economics, she is very involved in the South Asian Student’s Association (SASA) on campus and in the past has served as an events coordinator for the club. She loves being able to both celebrate her roots and also build connections with people who are naturally curious about other cultures. Apart from her involvement in SASA, she is also an avid writer for the Brandeis Odyssey, in which she strives to create a safe space to communicate politics, pop culture, science, and general perspectives about life. Along with these activities, Anwesha also works in Dr. Gelles’s Biochemistry Lab. Outside of the academic realm, Anwesha enjoys doing yoga, running, and reading autobiographical books. Whenever you see her, do not shy away from saying “hi” and talking about your life. This Roosevelt Fellow is most definitely excited to greet and work with the class of 2021! 

JoelJoel Hemsi is an international student majoring in International and Global Studies, minoring in Business and Economics. She was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey, a very sunny city with a mild winter; it also has a famous windsurfing site where she loves to windsurf and relax. Joel has found an incredibly welcoming community for her at Brandeis and feels lucky to call and feel Brandeis to be home in the most genuine way. On campus, she is a member of the Consulting team at TAMID at Brandeis, an organization dedicated to help undergraduate students gain hands-on business experience through hands-on experiences with startups. She recently became an Admissions Ambassador and enjoys introducing prospective students to the gems of Brandeis. Off campus, she is a Research Assistant for a PhD student at the Harvard Business School, where she is working on creating a methods database as well as conducting extensive literature reviews on social hierarchy research. The biggest advice she has for the incoming first-year class is to step outside your comfort zone as often as possible because it will make your first-year experience 10 times better! 

SarahSarah Hulit is a senior from Ellicott City, Maryland pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) with a focus on public health and healthcare policy; as well as a minor in business. She just returned from a semester abroad in the Netherlands where she balanced course work in medical ethics, microbiology, and basic Dutch with frequent study breaks with stroopwaffles. When not preoccupied with trying to solve disparities in health outcomes due to racial and socioeconomic factors, you can find Sarah by the Starbucks in the library doing work for her position as an HSSP undergraduate departmental representative (UDR) or working at the front desk at the athletic center. For the past three years, Sarah was a member of the Brandeis women’s soccer team. During that time, she became very involved with Team Impact and still enjoys keeping up with her team impact player and her family. The most important piece of advice Sarah has for the class of 2021 is to pay attention to the weekly newsletters sent out because they are always filled with interesting events either hosted by clubs at Brandeis or in Boston.

MitchellMitchell Hutton is a senior 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, hiking, binge watching TV shows and movies, explaining to people that he has never actually seen the Real Housewives of Orange County, and listening to music. A piece of advice Mitchell would give to the class of 2021 is to keep an open mind and explore different classes; you may find a new passion you didn’t have coming into college! Mitchell can’t wait to meet the Class of 2021 and help them kick-start their own amazing Brandeis experience! 

AlvinAlvin Liu is going into his senior year here at Brandeis. He is originally from Los Angeles, California and is set to complete a double major in Business and Computer Science with a double minor in History and Economics. Outside of the classroom, he is involved with the Admissions office as an ambassador and student interviewer, so you might have seen him give tours when you were visiting. He also works closely with the Intercultural Center on campus and was president of the Taiwanese Student Association last year; keep an eye out for one of the largest free food events on campus, Night Market hosted by TSA! In his free time, he usually hangs out with his friends, explores new restaurants (or just eats in general), binge watches TV, and sleeps. A piece of advice he has for the class of 2021 is: take it easy and enjoy every second of college. It is easy to get sucked into everything and become overwhelmed by the seemingly endless responsibilities suddenly piled on top of you, but always try to find time to step back and enjoy the moment. Your next 4 years in college may seem like a long, daunting journey, but, speaking from experience, it will pass by in a flash. Try to live it without any regrets.

HenryHenry McDonald is a junior who grew up just south of Boston in Weymouth, Massachusetts (home to the busiest Dunkin’ Donuts in the nation, if not in the entire world). Henry is studying Health: Science, Society, and Policy with Legal Studies and French & Francophone Studies minors. Interested in subject matters ranging from health disparities to the subjunctive mood and from health law to the significance of portraiture in 17th century France, Henry is rarely bored. While his course of study is a bit all over the place, Henry would like to eventually pursue a JD-MPH. Outside of academics, Henry is very excited to serve as a captain of the men’s varsity track & field team where he sprints, hurdles, long jumps. When not studying or training, Henry can be found visiting Boston, going to concerts, experiencing second-hand stress for contestants on Chopped, or eating Ben & Jerry’s. Henry is wicked excited to work with the Class of 2021 and would remind incoming students to ask themselves in times of trouble: what would Beyonce do?

ElioraEliora Mintz is a senior from Chevy Chase, Maryland, majoring in History and double minoring in Hispanic Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies. Outside of class, Eliora is a tutor for the English Language Program, assisting non-native English speakers in their Composition and UWS classes. She is also a research assistant for the Justice Brandeis Law Project at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism where she assists the staff in helping to exonerate wrongfully convicted men and women. Outside of work and class Eliora can be found binge watching true-crime documentaries and hanging out with her pet gecko, Daisy. Her advice to first-years: listen to your classmates because some of the best learning comes from actively engaging with your peers!

RoseRose Monahan is a junior from beautiful northern Vermont (not quite Canada). She is studying education and French, with a minor in Social Justice Social Policy. She is also a member of the Brandeis cross country and track teams. When not at practice, Rose can be found working at the Lemberg Childcare Center or volunteering with the Waltham Group’s big brother/big sister program. In her free time, Rose enjoys eating fruit with her friends, and hiking and frolicking in the sunshine. She can’t wait to meet the class of 2021, and encourages them to branch out and be as adventurous as possible with their time at Brandeis.

JustinJustin Pang is a senior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. He is from the small, quiet town of Groton, MA, but also considers Boston to be one of his homes. He enjoys anything sports and is a loyal supporter of the New England Sports teams. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball and enjoys taking part in intermural sports at Brandeis. Aside from sports, Justin is an active volunteer at Mass General Hospital, where he is able to blend his pre-med interests with his passion for seeing quality care being provided to people. He is currently a campus leader for Cornerstone Church of Boston, where he attends service with a community of Brandeis students. Justin cannot wait to meet the new freshman class and wishes you all the success in the world!

RoshelleRoshelle Savdie is a member of the class of 2018. She was born in Bogota, Colombia, but fifteen years ago her family decided to move in Costa Rica. After graduating from high school, she lived in Israel for a year before coming to Brandeis. And most recently, she came back from Sydney where she was studying abroad. She is pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Business. She is a very active person and really enjoys traveling the world to get to know people from different cultures, going on outdoor adventures, being in the ocean, helping people, and spreading happiness around. Having moved more than 4000 miles away, she knows starting college can be challenging, but believes if you give it a little time and you are very likely to find a second home here at Brandeis. You will have an extraordinary academic experience and meet wonderful people. Her message to the class of 2021 is remember to take advantage of all the people and resources that are here to help you start this new stage in your life. And remember to always smile!

SenmiaoSenmiao Sun is a senior student from Beijing, China. He is pursuing a BS/MS dual degree in biochemistry and also majoring in neuroscience and biology. He spends most of his free time doing biochemical research in Miller lab. His thesis work is about the mechanism of a fluoride ion channel (Fluc). Besides that, he really enjoys playing card games and he is currently the president of Brandeis Bridge Club. He enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking, diving and fishing. His piece of advice for you all is to be open to all the amazing resources you have at Brandeis!