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UDR Recognition Prize

UDRs are required to submit UDR Activity Reports twice a semester.  These reports let us know about the valuable and impactful work that is being done by UDRs for their departments and programs.  Selection of UDR Recognition Prize winners will be based on information that has been submitted by UDRs in their UDR Activity Reports. Recognition prizes will be awarded once each semester.

Winners receive lunch at the Faculty Club and may invite a friend and a faculty member of their choice.

2017-2018 UDR Recognition Prize Recipients

Fall Recipients:

Program in Language and Linguistics UDRs

The initiatives that Alyssa Berkson, Marco Guevara, Sooyoung Jeong, and Piera Licht have coordinated have enabled students to envision opportunities in the field of language and linguistics within and beyond Brandeis and helped to build community within the program.

The events that they helped to organize include:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Careers Info Session
    A career info session about the type of work that speech language pathology involves; how to choose a good graduate school; the major/minor courses that are useful and/or necessary; good experiences to have to make yourself a better applicant; and other general information about the field. They welcomed back alumnae Courtney Choate '11 and Mara Nussbaum '15, who both went on from Brandeis to graduate from the Speech-Language Pathology Master's Program at the Sargent School of Boston University.
  • Linguistics Graduate School Info Session
    Information session that provided an overview of  the timeline, how to apply to graduate school, choosing the best graduate program, and deciding if graduate school is the best choice.
  • Summer opportunities for Linguistics
    This session helped linguistics students start their search for summer internship opportunities. Students heard from professors and other students about the best way to find an internship, internship experiences, and scholarship/grants that are available.
  • Milk and Cookies
    Milk and Cookies is a recurring event offered four times/semester where linguistics students, faculty, and other interested parties meet to chat, be social, and enjoy milk and cookies together in an informal setting. Participants also discuss course selection and tips for internships.
  • “Spanish in the US”
    Kim Potowski, Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke about her research on Spanish in the U.S., addressing questions such as:  What are some of the principal characters of Spanish as it is spoken in the U.S., resulting from contact with English, from reduced input and output, and from contact between different Spanish dialects?  Is "Spanglish" a positive or a derogatory term?  Is a single U.S. Spanish dialect likely to emerge?  And what are the best ways to encourage Spanish development among heritage speakers?

Spring Recipients:
Biological Physics: Michael Perlow-Zelman and Olivia Zou
Physics: Jesse Held, Carly KleinStern, Zachary Diamond, and Liana Simpson

The Biological Physics and Physics UDRs collaborated to coordinate sessions on career and research opportunities, and social events that have been valuable to students and the Biological Physics program and the Physics department, including:

  • Study Abroad/REU/Research Info Session
    This was an info session on study abroad and research opportunities for those in the physics/biophysics major. Professors came and talked about the Brandeis-India Science Scholars study abroad program and held a Q&A afterwards. The UDRs then presented on research opportunities, both on and off campus, and gave advice/tips on how to apply and succeed in them.
  • Career Panel
    Students often hear about going to graduate school after Brandeis, but there are many other options one can take. A panel of alumni and guest speakers who took the industry route instead of the academic one talked about their experiences after college and what advice they would give to undergraduates.
  • Senior Advising Night
    The senior advising night was an event to facilitate conversation about what students can do after graduation from Brandeis. Graduate students in the physics department, as well as two physics professors, participated so the main focus was on graduate school. Undergraduate seniors also shared their own experiences and advice about jobs.

Computer Science: Joelle Robinson

Joelle has organized initiatives and done individual outreach with students, to help build community and educate students about the field of computer science.  Initiatives that Joelle has been involved with include:

  • Co-hosting a National Society for Black Engineers to give Humanities students an alternative way of navigating in the tech field via coding boot camps.
  • Collaborating with the Hiatt Career Center on How Did You Get That Internship and with UDRs from other departments on the UDR STEM Ice Cream Social. 
  • Planning a technical interview workshop.
  • Holding office hours and participating in various interviews for a new System Administrator for the Computer Science department. 

Environmental Studies: Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca’s collaborative work to organize events has introduced opportunities within Environmental Studies to the Brandeis community.  She is being recognized for her work on:

  • Information & Inspiration: Why Art and Science Need Each Other
    This initiative was a panel discussion of how art, science, and activism can converge. Panelists included a whale biologist trained in scientific illustration, the editor of an anthology of Eco-Justice poems, a naturalist who lectures on expedition ships, and a citizen science advocate. They shared about their work and then answered audience questions. This included many interesting insights about the connections between art and science.
  • TreeversiTEA
    A brown bag lunch and teatime with guest speaker Danny Schissler of the Arnold Arboretum. Danny discussed his work with the Tree Spotter and other citizen science projects at the Arboretum, which get everyday people involved in science projects through data collection, education, and advocacy.