Our Staff

Irving Epstein, Science Posse founder and director

Irving Epstein, Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, has taught at Brandeis since 1971. He helps to select and advise Science Posse Scholars, collaborates on developing and improving program elements, works with the Posse Foundation, raises funds and advises other institutions that seek to implement the Science Posse model on their own campuses.

Irv Epstein, founder and director

Melissa Kosinski-Collins, Science Posse Academic Director

Melissa is an associate professor of biology actively engaged in science education research. Since the program’s inception, Melissa has worked with the Science Posse Scholars as the summer immersion program director, and as an adviser to the scholars and program mentors. Melissa is developing key elements of the Science Posse program for other Brandeis students in an effort to recruit and retain more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students.

Melissa Kosinski-Collins, academic director

Kim Godsoe, Posse Liaison and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Kim has worked with Posse Scholars since the Posse program came to campus in 1998. Her doctoral research explores factors that increase STEM retention among underrepresented students, including Science Posse Scholars. Kim administers the program and regularly meets with mentors and scholars.

Kim Godsoe, posse liaison

Judy Salvucci

Judy is the Executive Administrator in the Office of the Provost, and she provides administrative support for the Posse Scholars Program. Judy joined Brandeis University in 2013, and she regularly contributes to other university initiatives including the course evaluation guide, and staffing the Title IX Working Group. Prior to arriving at Brandeis, she worked in corporate risk management and early childhood education.

Judy Salvucci headshot