Points of Pride

More than half of Brandeis students have more than one major or a major and at least one minor.
Brandeis counts among its faculty Nobel laureates; fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine; Pulitzer Prizes; MacArthur Foundation “genius grants”; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigatorships..
Rod MacKinnon '78 won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Ninety-seven percent of recent graduates have found jobs or are enrolled in graduate schools — well above the national average. Brandeis students average three substantive experiences, including internships and research, during their college careers.
Brandeis graduates are accepted in professional schools at a rate far higher than the national average. Current acceptance rates, followed by the national average, are: medicine 75/45 percent, dental 75/45 percent, and law 100/86 percent.
The next generation of space travelers is coming to Brandeis for training. The Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory has an artificial gravity Rotating Room that can spin 35 rotations a minute to simulate conditions during space flight.
Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse '00 won Silver for sabre at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Tim also fenced in Athens in 2004 and won Silver in Beijing in 2008, and has since taught fencing to underprivileged kids and celebrities, including President Obama.
Tom Friedman '75 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. The weekend host of "All Things Considered" on the National Public Radio is also a Brandeis grad, Guy Raz '96.
Daniel Shapiro '91, is the current U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Lisa Kubiske '75, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras from 2011-2014.
Data on the Brandeis Neuroscience program consistently places it among the top university research programs in the United States.
It may be small in numbers, but the Brandeis Russian Studies Program has proved to be large in winnings, with five students placing in a national Russian-language essay competition in 2014. The contest attracted more than 1,000 essays from 58 universities, colleges and institutions across the nation.
The Princeton Review has cited Brandeis among the 353 greenest colleges. The online guide is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and focuses on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability.
In September 2014, IBS Dean Bruce Magid joined former Gov. Deval Patrick, along with a delegation of business leaders, on a trade mission to Denmark. Magid also accompanied the former governor to Israel and the UK in 2011 and to Latin America in 2012.
The Brandeis Academic Speech and Debate Society is ranked No. 2 in the United States.
Brandeis is one of the nation's most global institutions, rated by U.S. News & World Report in the top 20 for percent of international students. The study abroad program has 350 destinations in 70 countries.
The song "Sing Hello" by Voice Male, an all-male a cappella group, was nominated by the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA's) for Best Male Collegiate Song in 2015.
The Department of History counts five Pulitzer Prize winners among its faculty and alumni. The most recent are David Kertzer '75, in 2015, for his book "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and Alan Taylor, PhD ’86, in 2014, for his book the "Rise of Fascism in Europe" and The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771-1832."
The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life sponsors the world's only regular institute for judges who serve on international courts and tribunals.
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top graduate schools in the United States for its teaching and research into social issues and the creation and implementation of policies to address those issues. The rankings place Brandeis ninth in the country for social policy.
In 2012, 30 students from the Brandeis International Business School traveled to Cuba for an academic trip that gave them a first-person look at an economy in transition. They became the first U.S. business school delegation to connect with a new Cuban business school set up by the Catholic Church - the first of its kind to train entrepreneurs amid legal changes that allow Cubans to start small businesses.
Two distinguished Brandeis researchers, whose long-standing collaboration led to pioneering discoveries about the workings of the biological clock and its role in circadian rhythms, were awarded the 2012 Canada Gairdner Award, among the world's most prestigious medical achievements. Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Brandeis’ National Center for Behavioral Genomics, and Professor Emeritus of Biology Jeffrey C. Hall, were given the award “to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life.”