2017-18 UDRs

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Brandeis Inside Out: Andrew Baker '18

Check out the BrandeisNOW feature on Russian Studies UDR and competitive swimmer Andrew Baker!

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

The Russian Studies Program Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) for 2017-2018 are listed below. We encourage you to reach out to them with any questions you may have about their experience as students in the program.

Andrew Baker '18
Russian Studies/International and Global Studies

Andrew BakerI am a senior from Wilmington, MA, and have been studying Russian since freshman year of high school. Beyond the Russian UDR program, I am a member of the Swim Team, Russian Club, Admissions Hosting Volunteers, and occasionally pop up on the Shapiro Theater Stage in the 24-Hour Musical. This past summer, I undertook two jobs. The first was with Boston Children's Hospital as a Language Curator, where I translated disease information from Russia and the CIS countries from Russian to English. My other position was as a Senior TA for the Brandeis Gateway Program, where I helped incoming Brandeisians from China improve their English skills.

Russian is a passion for me, and I knew coming into Brandeis that I wanted to major in the language. Being a UDR is my way of giving back to the community and professors (like Professor Dubinina) that have given so much to me, and as to share my passion for the Russian language and culture. If you wish to discuss studying Russian, the best way to cook blini, Russian cartoons, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me at abaker31@brandeis.edu!


Linda Liu '18
Russian Studies/Biology

Linda LiuI'm currently a senior from Reading, MA, now living in Boxborough, majoring in Biology and Russian Studies. My three loves in life are books, music, and viruses (I'll explain, I swear). I'm an avid reader, and if I'm not holed up in my room studying, I'm holed up in my room reading. And whether I'm in my room or outside braving the deadly nature (any CGP Grey fans?), I've got my earbuds in. Right now I'm on a serious Okean El'zy kick.

My scientific interest is mostly in viruses and genetics/evolution. I'm hoping to eventually work on research involving viruses and other infectious agents, hence the biology major. I'd like to someday be able to put my Russian major to professional use. So far it's all been for recreation, but who knows?

Questions about juggling a science and a humanities major? Need recommendations for which Russian literature courses to take? Anything you want to talk about, feel free to email me at lliu18@brandeis.edu!