Points of Pride


More than half of Brandeis students have either two majors or a major and at least two minors.
The faculty boasts two MacArthur fellows, three Pulitzer Prize winners, four Howard Hughes Medical Investigators, six National Academy of Sciences members, nine American Academy of Arts and Science fellows and ten American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows.
Rod MacKinnon '78 won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Ninety-five percent of recent graduates have found jobs or are enrolled in graduate schools — well above the national average. Brandeis students average three internships 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 99/80 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 is competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Tim 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.
Two alums are currently senior U.S. diplomats — Daniel Shapiro '91, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and Lisa Kubiske '75, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras.
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 six students placing in a national Russian-language essay competition in 2012. The contest attracted 1,057 essays from 48 universities, colleges and institutions across the nation. The topic: “What is a friend?”
The Princeton Review has cited Brandeis among the 322 greenest colleges. The on-line, downloadable 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.
IBS Dean Bruce Magid joined Gov. Deval Patrick on a trade mission to Brazil in December, his second international trip with the governor. They previously went to Israel and Britain.
The Brandeis Academic Speech and Debate Society is ranked No. 3 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.
Voice Male, an all-male a cappella group, won three Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA's) for its album, "Ain't Done Overnight."
The Department of History counts five Pulitzer Prize winners among its faculty and alumni. The most recent are David M. Oshinsky, Ph.D. '71, for his book "Polio: An American Story" (2006) and Earl Warren Professor of History David Hackett Fischer for his book "Washington's Crossing" (2005).
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.
Thirty 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, have been 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.” They share the award with Professor Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University in New York. This is the third major award for the trio stemming from their groundbreaking research into circadian rhythms. In 2011, they were awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. In 2009, the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation awarded them its Neuroscience Prize. More than a quarter of the Canada Gairdner Award winners have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.