Roosevelt Fellow Bios

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Majors: Economics, International and Global Studies, and French
Affiliations: Galaxy Program, International Student, Pre-Law Student
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Maria Antonio (she/her) is an undergraduate in the class of 2026. She was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the U.S. to finish high school at the age of 17. She is majoring in Economics, International Global Studies, and French. On campus, she has been involved with the Brandeis Law Journal, Brazilian Students Association, and Language Empowering Action Project (LEAP). In addition, she works at the Brandeis Technology Help Desk and as a Community Advisor at Massell Quad. She is interested in the intersection of the world around us and its sociopolitical aspects, as well as learning languages such as Spanish and French. In the future, she hopes to help other immigrants in the U.S. by becoming an immigration attorney. She is very passionate about helping other international students adjust to Brandeis, apply to internships, and feel part of the community. As a pre-law student, she loves to talk about law school and would love to help anyone interested in this path. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to Taylor Swift and SZA, learn about other cultures, and drink coffee. Feel free to reach out to her to talk about anything you may need!

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Majors/Minors: Biology and Anthropology, Minor in Chemistry
Affiliations: LGBTQ+, Student-Athlete, Pre-Health Student
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Sam (he/him) is a junior originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is double-majoring in Biology and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry on the pre-med track. Aside from being a Roosevelt Fellow, Sam is also on the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee), an Undergraduate Admissions Fellow, and a member of the pottery club. You can find Sam in his free time playing water polo, running along the Charles River, or throwing clay on a pottery wheel at the pottery club! Feel free to reach out to Sam to talk about transitioning to college, how to reach out to different support networks on campus, learning about pre-health at Brandeis, and the student-athlete balance.

Major: Biology
Affiliations: Galaxy Student, Posse Scholar, Student of Color, Student with a Disability
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Myah (she/her) is a junior, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Biology on the pre-health track. In addition to being a Roosevelt Fellow, she is a Posse Scholar (BAP12), a member of the astronomy club, BMC, FOCA, Brandeis Encourages Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE), and formerly the pedagogical student partner for BIOL15b. She has gained experience in the field of biomedical sciences through Project ENGAGES in partnership with Georgia Tech and Emory University’s Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Myah intends to pursue her Master’s degree in biomedical engineering following graduation; she is particularly interested in aiding mobility research and bionics to improve the lives of those living with muscular dystrophy, degenerative disorders, and conductive hearing loss. She has many hobbies and interests ranging from reading, embroidery, making collages, and playing the Sims4. You can often find her on a long walk, curled up with a book, or at Zumba. Feel free to reach out to her about 80s/90s music, Motown Records, or with book recommendations to add to her extensive TBR.

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Major/Minor: Sociology, American Studies, and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Minors in Legal Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy
Affiliations: Midyear Student, LGBTQ+ Student, Pre-Law Student, Student with a Chronic Condition
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Tasha is a senior from Los Altos, CA, and a returning Rosie. She’s triple-majoring in Sociology, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with minors in Social Justice and Social Policy and Legal Studies. Aside from being a Rosie, she also works as a BUGS tutor, research assistant, remote intern, and notetaker. In her free time, she loves to read, travel (domestically and internationally), rock out at concerts, or relax with her friends. She’s happy to talk about anything: balancing multiple jobs and classes, double-count restrictions, the mysterious Brandeis Core, or her four pet cats.

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Major/Minor: Business and Psychology, Minor in Economics
Affiliations: Student of Color, Student with a Disability
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Erica (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business and Psychology and minoring in Economics. Along with being a Roosevelt Fellow, she is a Community Advisor (CA), a Co-Project Manager for DeisHacks (no coding necessary hackathon for social good), an oboe player in Wind Ensemble, a campus ambassador for Forté Foundation, a volleyball player on the Women's Club team, and a yoga enthusiast. While originally from New Jersey herself, both of her parents are from Taiwan. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends, painting, making spreadsheets, de-stigmatizing mental health, drinking smoothies, and learning/trying new things. Erica is always happy to chat and loves to meet new people! Feel free to talk to her about various topics, including entrepreneurship at Brandeis, how to get involved on campus, Student Accessibility Support (SAS), struggling with academics, using ADHD as a superpower, navigating mental health resources, or about college life in general.

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Major/Minor: Biology and Health Science Society and Policy, Minor in Chemistry
Affiliations: MLK Fellow, First Generation College Student, Low-Income Student, Pre-Health Student, Student of Color
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Najla (she/her) is a senior from Watertown MA pursuing a double major in biology and public health, with a minor in chemistry on the pre-med track. In addition to being a Roosevelt Fellow, she is on the executive board for the Muslim Student Association and a TAPS Coordinator for Waltham Group. She is a TA for Biology Lab and has served as an Advisor at the Hiatt Career Center. In the upcoming school year she is excited about her position as a Peer Engagement Coordinator for Spiritual Life where she will be working on an interfaith podcast. In her free time she is often found crocheting, drawing or hanging out with her friends in the MSA Lounge. Feel free to talk to reach out to her for advice on a wide range of topics from navigating pre health to arts and crafts!

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Major/minor: Neuroscience, Minor in Legal Studies
Affiliations: Midyear Student
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Kaia Minkin (she/her) a senior from St. Louis, MO majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Legal Studies, and pursuing law school after graduation. She is involved with the Brandeis Law Journal and co-leads a student-support club, and is excited to be a peer academic advisor for the Brandeis Community! She entered Brandeis as a Midyear, so feel free to ask her questions about acclimating to the university during the second semester, and any other questions you have.

Major/Minor: Biology, Minors in HSSP and Classical Studies
Affiliations: First Generation College Student, Pre-health Student, Midyear
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Allison (she/her) is a Junior from Meshoppen, PA. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in HSSP and Classical Studies. She started working as an EMT during her Fall Semester off-campus as a Midyear, and is currently the Director of Administrative Affairs for the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo). She is on the Pre-Health track and plans on earning her MD after graduating Brandeis as a First Generation college student. Allison lives on a farm, she loves animals, and has been a vegetarian for 10+ years. She’s a caffeinated beverage connoisseur, with a bias towards lavender coffee and sugar-free Red Bull. She’s an Eagles fan (Go Birds!) and her favorite color is green. She loves talking with students about navigating Brandeis—whether it be academics, extracurriculars, or anything else under the sun. Please reach out with any questions you may have, or just to introduce yourself and chat! Either way, Allison looks forward to speaking with you :)

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Major/Minor: Physics and Theater Arts, Minors in Creative Writing and Math
Affiliations: First Generation College Student, Galaxy Program, Posse Scholar, LGBTQ+, Non Binary Student
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Greg is a Junior from Brooklyn, NY majoring in Physics and Theater arts with a concentration in Acoustics and minors in Creative Writing and Mathematics. He is a first-generation student, Posse Scholar, Hollings Scholar, and Physics UDR with experience in the Engineering department. They are the Vice President of BSRCC (Brandeis Science Research Connections Club), Secretary of the Brandeis Physics Club, and Head Writing Coordinator of Boris' Kitchen Sketch Comedy group. You can also find him working in the Duclos lab, at the Library front desk, or on a Theater Department production. Outside of academics, Greg enjoys dancing, writing poetry, sketch comedy, making music, and exploring new places. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions about adjusting to college life, time management, work-life balance, their favorite quiet places on campus, and anything STEM or arts!

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Major/Minor: IIM in Media, Culture and Communication, Minors in Business and Hispanic Studies
Affiliations:  Student-Athlete, LGBTQ+
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Bronwyn (she/they) is a senior from San Francisco, CA with an Independent Interdisciplinary Major in Media, Culture, and Communication along with minors in Hispanic Studies and Business. She is a captain of the Brandeis Fencing team and a member of the Adagio Dance Company's Dance Ensemble. Bronwyn has numerous on-campus jobs (most of which are in athletics) and are happy to discuss strategies for balancing academics, athletics, and work. Feel free to reach out to Bronwyn about creating your own major, adjusting to life at Brandeis, Student Accessibility Services, sports, and/or good music!

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Majors: Health, Science, Society and Policy, and French
Affiliations: Galaxy Program, Low-Income Student, Student of Color
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Singh (He/Him) is a senior from Spring, Texas and takes great pride in being a Texan. Outside of his identity as a Texan, Singh is a practicing Sikh and is active in Sikh contemporary issues. He is majoring in Health Science Society and Policy which stems from his passion to understand health disparity from a sociological lens. A fun fact about Singh is that he was previously the Brandeis Public Announcer for the soccer season of '21. Apart from school he is an avid sports fan and spends his weekends binging MMA and Soccer.

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Major/Minor: Biology, Minor in Studio Art 
Affiliations: LGBTQ+, Pre-Health student, Student of Color, Student with a Disability
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Caitlin Samson (she/her) is a Senior from New Jersey, grateful to enter her second year serving as a Roosevelt Fellow. She is majoring in Biology, minoring in Studio Art, and enjoys studying chemistry and education as well. She is a pre-medical student with strong passions for pediatrics and teaching. Aside from being a Roosevelt Fellow, Caitlin is a Supplemental Instructional Leader for General Chemistry, and is involved in various clubs. She is a Crew Chief and the Diversity Chair of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo), graphic designer for the Brandeis Asian American Students Association (BAASA), a pottery instructor for Pottery Club, the Senior Advisor and former President of Education for Students by Students, and occasionally operates the observatory telescope for Astronomy Club. She also founded and directed the Bethlehem Chapel Choir on campus in her Freshman and Sophomore years. You can find Caitlin spending her free time practicing piano, painting, listening to all kinds of music, wandering around museums, or on her way to Boston to get matcha ice cream latte floats!

Feel free to reach out to Caitlin to talk about anything including adjusting to college life, managing accommodations with Student Accessibility Support, navigating your personal pre-health track, planning your academic career, tips for living a well-balanced lifestyle during your time at Brandeis, and any of her passions and extracurriculars! She is dedicated to listening and helping you achieve your goals with utmost enthusiasm!