Undergraduate Fellows

Meir Alelov

Meir Meirwas born in Holon, Israel. His family emigrated from Russia to Israel, and in 2001 when Meir was eight his family came to the States.  Meir graduated from the Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ where he was active in Chess, Improvisation and Red Cross clubs.  In addition, he was a captain of the swim team and a President of Friendship Circle, an organization that helps children with special needs. Meir plans to pursue a major in Neuroscience.


Karina Gaft

Karina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and Karinamoved to the States when she was a year old. Karina graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA. She is interested in majoring in biology and mathematics at Brandeis, as well as pursuing various languages including Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic. Karina was the teen co-chair of Y2I (Youth to Israel), a nonprofit organization that sends teens to Israel, and had the pleasure of spending her summer
there in 2007.


Dina Kapengut

Dina was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Dinamoved to Nebraska when she was six months old. Dina graduated from Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains, NJ. She plans to major in neuroscience and philosophy. While at Brandeis, she hopes to continue her hobby in art and music. Dina also hopes to further her interest in medicine by getting involved with a non-profit organization and children's hospital.


Daniel Shpolyansky

Daniel was born in Uzbekistan and emigrated with Danielhis family to the Bronx, New York when he was two years old. Daniel graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He volunteered at St. Patrick's Home for the Aged during his freshman year. During his teenage years, he gained work experience at the Riverdale Diner as a waiter. At Brandeis, he plans to study economics and politics. Daniel also aims to be very involved in the Brandeis Genesis Institute and the student government.


Allan Volf

Allan was born in Ridgewood, NJ, five Allanyears after his parent emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine.  When Allan was four years old his family relocated to San Diego, CA.   Allan graduated from Torry Pines High School, in San Diego, CA.   Allan played piano for more than eight years and while in high school volunteered at a food bank.    Allan’s interests include math and physics and he plans to major in economics. 

Julia Z


Julia Zaltsman

Julia was born and raised in Marblehead, MA.  JuliaHer parents emigrated from Chelyabinsk, Russia. Julia graduated from Marblehead High School, where she was a member of the varsity tennis team and the National Honors Society.  She served as the treasurer of the Free the Children club, focused on fundraising for children education in third world countries. She also volunteered as a math tutor at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and My Brother's Table. Julia is interested in both sciences and humanities, and she is strongly considering pursuing a neuroscience
major.


Liz Zharovsky 

Liz was born in Skokie, Illinois. LizHer parents emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine and spent six months in Italy before moving to Glenbrook, Illinois.  Liz graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL.  She worked as a tutor at her high school’s supplemental education center and volunteered at a local hospital. Liz served as the Vice President of Programming in the National Conference of Synagogue Youth.  She plans to major in Neuroscience with a possible double major in Psychology and a minor in Russian Studies. Her goal
is to go to a medical school upon her graduation from
Brandeis and become a neurologist.


Eve Litvak

Eve was born in New YorkEve after her family came to United States from the Former Soviet Union.  She has been playing chess since she was 5 and was invited to represent the U.S. in the World Youth Championships five times. Eve was an active member of her high school’s Amnesty International Chapter and served as captain of the tennis team. Currently, she is the president of the Brandeis Chess Club and a member of Banshee, Brandeis Women’s Ultimate team. Eva is interested in Languages, Law and Economic studies.


Michael Vilenchuk

Michael was born in Moscow, Michaelimmigrated to Israel, and came to U.S. with his parents when he was 6.  Michael owns multiple titles from various tournaments in chess, both nationally and internationally. For his successes, he was granted the Exemplary Attainment Award from the Ohio Senate. At Brandeis, Michael is a member of the Russian Club, BIPAC, JStreet, and Bridge Club, treasurer of the Brandeis Technical Trades Society (BTTS) and, of course, co-president of the Brandeis Chess Club. Upon
his graduation from Brandeis, Michael is planning to
continue his education at Law school.


Elizabeth Alshvang 

Elizabeth was born in Brooklyn, ElizabethNew York after her family came to the United States from Azerbaijan. In high school, Elizabeth was involved in the varsity tennis team, the National Honor Society, UNICEF club, the school orchestra, and the Jewish Club. At Brandeis, Elizabeth joined the crew team and serves as a Vice President of the Russian Club. Elizabeth is very interested in public health and computational linguistics. She is considering majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics, with possible minors in HSSP or Russian Studies. She hopes to either go to medical
school or pursue a Masters degree in computational
linguistics after graduating from Brandeis.


Yonatan Akivis

Yonatan was born in Israel Yonatanand came to New York with his parents at the age of two.  Yonatan started to play piano at the age of six and has used his musicianship as a tool for summer camps as well as the high school he attended, Fiorello H. Laguardia High School, where he received a musical endorsement.  He also passed the highest-level music exam administered by the New York Sate School Music Association.  At Brandeis, Yonatan is currently pursuing a degree in biophysics, and is a premedical student. 


Benjamin Vizlakh

Benjamin was born in Englewood, NJ Benafter his parents came to U.S. from Ukraine. While at high school, Benjamin was involved in community service projects in the Jewish community, worked at his synagogue’s library, and was a teaching assistant at his Hebrew School. He also served as a Co-Editor in Chief of his high school newspaper, the President of his high school’s Hebrew Culture Club and was a member of French Honor Society. Benjamin’s prospective and possible majors are Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science.


Daniel Shor

Daniel was born in Rehovot, Israel Danieland came to U.S. when he was 6. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel volunteered at his hometown’s local library and served as a chess teacher. Daniel was a member of a research program called Waksman Student Scholars Program, which was sponsored by Rutgers University. While at Brandeis, Daniel volunteered at the Boston Children's Hospital. He is a member of the Russian club. He enjoys playing guitar and going on fishing trips. Daniel is on the pre-medical track. He is planning to major in Biology and continue his studies in medical school.


Shimon Mazor

Shimon was born in Kiev, Ukraine Shimonbut has lived in Petah Tiqva, Israel for most of his life. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Combat Soldier and Commander, he worked in marketing and sales as a sales-team trainer and manager. On campus, Shimon works as a Hebrew Tutor for the Hebrew Department, and as an LTS (Library and Technology Services) Help Desk Technician. Shimon also works as the WATCH Housing Clinic Supervisor. He is also an Experiential Learning Fellow. He is double majoring in Economics and Anthropology and minoring in International and
Global Studies.


Anna Mukhina

Anna was born in Moscow and Annacame to the U.S. with her parents when she was 3.  While in high school, she was involved in organizing and performing in musical and theatrical concerts. Later, Anna volunteered as an ESL instructor. At Brandeis, Anna is a Cultural Coordinator for Russian Club and a member of Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps. She is also a participant of Brigham and Women’s Hospital's Medical Career Exploration Program. She is planning to major in Anthropology, Biology and Neuroscience, and hopes to continue on to medical school.


Breanna Vizlakh

Breanna was raised in Fair Lawn, BreannaNJ after her parents came to the U.S. from Ukraine. At high school, Breanna was involved in various activities, volunteered and tutored for the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. At Brandeis, Breanna has joined the fencing club and the Brandeis Russian Club. Breanna is interested to study and practice psychology, which she intends to major in along with Neuroscience. She also wants to perfect her knowledge of French and Russian.


Daniel Lubarsky

Daniel was born in Jerusalem Danieland came to Cleveland, OH at the age of 11. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel participated in Science Research Program at Cleveland Epilepsy Center. He was also a writer to his school’s newspaper and a member of the model United Nations club. He is a 2012 Doubles Ohio State champion in tennis. Daniel is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology and plans on attending a medical school after he graduates from Brandeis. 


Dan Rozel

Dan was born in New York after Danielhis parents moved to the U.S. Prior to Brandeis, Dan participated in different sports and in an a cappella group. He was member of the local Chabad Youth Group and organized the first ever Science Career Day at his high school. At Brandeis, Dan received a prestigious Lerman-Neubauer fellowship. Dan’s prospective majors are Chemistry and Psychology. He also plans to minor in Music.   


Daniel Golynskiy

Daniel was born in St. Louis, DanielMissouri after his family immigrated to the United States from Belarus. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel was involved in National Honors Society, Winter Cool Camp (a winter camp for kids with autism) and Crisis Nursery. He also founded the Jewish Student Union Chapter at his high school. At Brandeis he is involved with the Investment Club and participates in various volunteering opportunities both on and off campus. Daniel intends to double major in Business and Economics.