Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the Design Lab run?

We will have a Winter 2016 cohort that will run from January-April 2016 on the following dates: 

Winter 2016

January 24, 2016
January 31, 2016
February 7, 2016
February 28, 2016
March 6, 2016
March 13, 2016
March 27, 2016
April 3, 2016

*Snow Date: April 10, 2016

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What is the cost of the fellowship?

The fellowship is FREE due to our generous partners, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Union for Reform Judaism (the fellowship is non-sectarian).

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What are the requirements to be accepted into the fellowship?

The fellowship accepts Jewish teens in grades 9-12 who are willing to work hard and think smart and who will be dedicated to working on a long-term project. 

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When can I apply and where do I apply to be considered for the fellowship?

Applications for the winter 2016 cohort will be accepted through December 31, 2015, but the earlier the better as there are a limited number of spots! Please click the "Nominate a Local Teen" button on the left side of this page to fill out an application for the fellowship. Once you have completed this application you will be contacted by a member of the Brandeis Design Lab staff.

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What is design thinking exactly?

Design thinking has come to be defined as combining empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context.

Video: What Is Design Thinking
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Who runs the Design Lab?

The Design Lab is run by senior staff at Precollege Programs at Brandeis University:

  • Rabbi Charlie Schwartz, Senior Jewish Educator, Director BIMA and Genesis 

  • Marci Borenstein, Director of Brandeis Precollege Programs