Undergraduate Departmental Representatives Council

The UDR Council is comprised of current UDRs who represent departments and interdepartmental programs from across the University. The Council meets regularly to discuss UDR program activities and advise the Dean's office on new initiatives, policy changes, and other topics concerning the UDR program.  Council members are great resources for any questions that you may have about being a UDR, so please feel free to contact them.

David Alpert               

David Alpert is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Biology. Serving as a Neuroscience UDR and UDR council member, David's favorite part of being a UDR is when he can provide helpful advice about classes, life, or anything else to his fellow majors, prospective majors, and other UDRs. David stays busy on campus by being involved with multiple clubs and organizations where he holds leadership positions.  In his free time, you might see him cooking, going into Boston, and enjoying his last year at Brandeis. He is a big fan of "so bad they are good" movies such as Sharknado, Birdemic, and The Room, so feel free to ask him for recommendations if you are looking for a fun movie to watch with friends.

Shikha Chandarana  

Shikha Chandarana is a junior majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX). Her dream job would be to work in non-profit management and do global health field work. At Brandeis she is involved with social justice and healthcare organizations and loves talking about both of those things a lot! She enjoys being the HSSP UDR and values the contribution of all the members of the UDR Council. Feel free to contact her to talk about HSSP, healthcare, human rights, film or anything you want.

Matthew Chernick

Matthew Chernick , a senior triple majoring in European Cultural Studies (ECS), Classical Studies, and Film, Television and Interactive Media, with a double minor in English and History, is one of the ECS UDRs  His academic interests include Early Cinema Studies, Classical and Ancient History and Culture, Literary Studies, Opera Musicology, and Vocal Music Performance. He is hoping to complete a senior thesis on early cinema and its relationship to opera. After graduation he plans to pursue an MA in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis, and eventually complete a PhD in Film Studies. He is a chairperson of the Brandeis Student Conduct Board, Manager/Publicity Director of the University Chorus and Chamber Choir, and serves on various University committees. He enjoys reading great literature, listening to opera, watching classic film, attempting to write the Great American novel, spending time with family, being a foodie, and traveling. He is committed to intellectual thought, the importance of community, and helping to improve the world. Please come to him with any questions about ECS, course selection in most humanities or social science departments, or Brandeis in general.

Allie Goodman

Allie Goodman is a senior majoring in American Studies and Sociology with minors in Legal Studies and History. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in legal history, focusing on issues of desegregation and education. When she’s not studying for class, Allie is usually in the Waltham Group office, working with Tutoring in Public Schools. In her free time, she loves yoga and baking, especially chocolate chip cookies. After returning from the Brandeis in The Hague program with a practicum with the International Criminal Court, Allie assistant taught a class about humanitarianism and global justice as part of Northwestern’s College Preparation Program. She is very excited to continue her work as a UDR and is always happy to answer any questions students have about the Legal Studies Department, classes, Brandeis in The Hague, or anything else!

Meher Irani

Meher Irani 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.  Meher enjoys serving as a student leader and advisor on campus. As a UDR for Biology, Meher has been able to work closely with faculty and students to ensure that the Biology major is fulfilling everyone’s needs.

Julia Karr

Julia Karr is a junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in German Studies and International Global Studies (IGS) with a minor in Politics.  This is her second year as a German Studies UDR and she has been on the UDR council since January 2015.   At Brandeis (and abroad!) she enjoys studying social issues, movements, and activism and their impacts on international politics. Specifically, she is currently focused on immigration and the human rights issues that surround it.  One of her favorite parts of being a UDR is her ability to connect with dozens of students who study completely different things from her but still have a common connection with her through studying German. Although she will be studying abroad in Berlin next semester, please feel free to email her about any questions you might have about being a UDR!

Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell is a junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts majoring in Neuroscience, Biological Physics, and Biochemistry. He is most fascinated by questions about how the systems of the brain work, and is hoping to become either a neuroscientist or clinical neurologist. He is an active member of the science community at Brandeis, working with clubs like the Astronomy Club and BITMAP, while tutoring other students in his spare time. Outside of science, Alex is active in the Student Union and the Catholic and Christian communities at Brandeis. Feel free to send him an email about anything from science classes to social justice to the latest Pats game.

Apoorva Polavarapu

Apoorva Polavarapu is a junior who is double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP), pursuing a pre-dental track. She is a HSSP UDR and a first year member of the UDR Council. On campus she is an Admissions Ambassador, Vice- President of the Pre-Dental Society, member of Brandeis Global Brigades, event coordinator for the South Asian Students Association, and member of Brandeis' premier Bollywood dance team Chak De. She wants to make the most of her position on the UDR Council and is open to suggestions and concerns of fellow UDRs.
Gabriel Sanders
Gabriel Sanders, a Denver, Colorado native, is a third year student at Brandeis, pursuing a degree in Economics and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES). Gabriel is a UDR for the IMES department, a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and the Vice President of the Greek Awareness Council. He is also on the Chabad at Brandeis student board and is a member of the Brandeis men's club basketball team and chess club. Through his studies, Gabriel has chosen to focus on the areas of cooperation and economic interest between Israelis and Palestinians, within and among Arab nations, and in the larger world economy with consideration of how religious identities mold political, economic and social discourse and action. As a UDR Council member, Gabriel hopes to assist students traverse their individualized course of study at Brandeis.