School of Arts and Sciences


vanessa mark memorial

December 7, 2022

Vanessa Mark's sense of humor and creativity was outshone only by her commitment to helping others, friends recalled in a memorial service Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Sherman Function Hall.

mississippi delta

November 29, 2022

Through a trip to the Mississippi Delta, Leeza Barstein ’23 and Maya Subramanian ’25 observed the legacy of slavery in the region, connected with the communities still affected, and also discovered steps they could take to bring change to their own backyard.

spring awakening

November 11, 2022

Gianni Storti '26 and Nico Miller ’24 share their insight on the rehearsal process, arts culture on campus, and the importance behind "Spring Awakening."

first generation students

November 7, 2022

In celebration of First Generation Student Day on November 8th, five first generation students share their tips for the first-year experience.

family weekend

November 7, 2022

Over 1,000 family members of undergraduates filled campus Oct. 28 to 30

foliage on campus

October 31, 2022

Jack Yuanwei Cheng '23 is a student writer and content creator for the Office of Communications at Brandeis.

ana faria

October 27, 2022

Faria '24 returned to her alma mater, Our Sisters' School, for a full-circle internship experience.

peyton gillespie

October 14, 2022

Gillespie '25 spoke with BrandeisNow about his goals as president, hopes for the year, and advice for people interested in student government.

maya levisohn

October 3, 2022

Maya Levisohn ’23 spent her summer researching methane concentrations and working with advanced atmospheric technology, all while 40,000 feet in the atmosphere with NASA’s SARP program.

Alexander Wicken

August 29, 2022

Alexander Wicken ’23 came to Brandeis because of the university’s academics and commitment to social justice. Becoming a member of the Brandeis Fencing community was just the cherry on top of his college decision process.

students pose in front of the light of reason

August 23, 2022

The positive energy was palpable as the Class of 2026 filled their residence halls, said goodbye to their parents, and began the next chapter of their lives at Brandeis’ 2022 Move-In Day on Sunday.

back to campus by the numbers

August 22, 2022

The Class of 2026 filled their residence halls and said goodbye to their parents on a sunny and warm Move-In Day on Aug. 21.


August 15, 2022

Students with majors across the scientific spectrum came together to present their summer research findings.

alex bazarsky

August 11, 2022

“I now realize that I can do anything,” said Alex Bazarsky '23, reminiscing on her summer excavating in Mexico with professor Charles Golden.

ori cohen with a macaw

August 4, 2022

Through his World of Work Fellowship, Ori Cohen '24 spent the summer training birds at the Southwick Zoo.

Nathalie Vieux-Gresham

July 13, 2022

Nathalie Vieux-Gresham ’23 is a neuroscience major, a Posse Scholar, a Roosevelt Fellow, a Community Advisor, and a Bridge to Wellness Peer Health Educator. She was also selected for the Linda Heller Kamm '61 Prize for her dedication to social justice in her community.

hearst foundation

July 8, 2022

The School of Arts and Sciences is delighted to announce that the William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded Brandeis $125,000 to support undergraduate research and creative work in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

peer-to-peer mentors

June 6, 2022

This past year, a new pilot program at Brandeis turned a few part-time office jobs for students into a robust peer-to-peer mentoring program for conversations about gender and sexuality.

students celebrate at commencement

May 31, 2022

Resilient, adaptable, motivated: the undergraduate and graduate students who make up the Brandeis University Class of 2022 have had a college experience like no other.
Sienna Bucu

May 27, 2022

Sienna Bucu '22 has been awarded a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to take on an ambitious art installation project in the public schools of her hometown, Union, New Jersey.

billy joule game

May 27, 2022

Francesco Vischi wanted students in his Electronics Laboratory course to apply what they learned in the classroom to real-world technology. So, he decided to teach them how to create their own electronic games - from scratch.

Joseph Coles

May 17, 2022

At a career day during a summer camp when he was in high school in Marietta, Georgia, Joseph Coles '22 realized he wanted to be a foreign service officer.

juliette carreiro

May 13, 2022

With Commencement around the corner, five graduates who stood out — on the playing field and off — shared what made it work for them and what they are looking forward to in the future. 

phi beta kappa image

May 9, 2022

The Brandeis University chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society has announced the election of 90 new members this year.

stroum scholars

May 6, 2022

Brandeis University and the City of Waltham honored the newest Stroum Family Waltham Scholarship recipients at a ceremony and breakfast on May 2. The scholarship – which provides full tuition to Brandeis for four years – is awarded annually to outstanding Waltham High School seniors.


March 30, 2022

As the pandemic surged in the spring of 2020, college students saw their lives disrupted by COVID-19’s sudden emergence. Their classes moved to Zoom, study abroad programs were canceled, and many summer internships fell through.

Luca Swinford '22 and Zoe Pringle '22

March 15, 2022

Since its founding in April 2021, the Disabled Students’ Network has provided a community for all disabled students on campus. At the same time, members have worked to educate the whole community on disabilities and ableism.

orlando production

March 14, 2022

Based on the popular Virginia Woolf novel, 'Orlando' tells the story of a young nobleman drawn into a love affair with Queen Elizabeth I. Gender and gender preferences shifted regularly in this inspired, clever, funny tale about the importance of discovering oneself.

Mesoud Awol

March 12, 2022

The Truman Scholarship, a prestigious $30,000 undergraduate award that chooses students across the country with an outstanding interest in public service, has selected Mesoud Awol ‘23 as a finalist.

jessi and maheeb

February 17, 2022

A new program run by Brandeis professors and students helps people who have been incarcerated rejoin society.

figure skaters

February 22, 2022

Evan Israel '24 and Sami Winawer '23 are members of Hayden Select, a team of athletes looking to bring this unique form of skating to the winter Olympics.

Joey Kornman ‘23

February 2, 2022

After his first win in the Jeopardy! National College Championships, Joey Kornman '23 will be competing in the upcoming semifinals.

Skyline of Florence, Italy

January 20, 2022

A select group of first-year students spent the fall semester studying abroad, taking courses, and carving their own path.

hands in zen pose

December 2, 2021

As the end of the semester draws near with its final exams, papers and projects, students are at higher risk of burnout than at any other time of the year. This feeling of exhaustion can not only affect academic performance, but also negatively impacts mental health.

krupa sourirajan

November 22, 2021

A life dedicated to advocacy and a love for language brought Krupa Sourirajan to Brandeis University. Her passion for making a difference led her to become the Student Union president, an advocate for the entire student body.

the moon

November 1, 2021

Lachlan Elam ’22 revived the Brandeis Astronomy club and gave his fellow students a new view of the heavens.

two students sit under a red umbrella on stage

October 4, 2021

The Brandeis Theatre Department's first production of the 2021 - 2022 season was an original, devised, movement theater piece inspired by the resiliency and power of the natural world.

a class of students reads the united states constitution

September 23, 2021

As part of "Just Read It!" organized through the History of Ideas program, all first-year students at Brandeis received their own copy of the U.S. Constitution

students perform in the shapiro campus center

September 17, 2021

The members of the Undergraduate Theater Collective and everyone who auditioned for Brandeis' annual 24-Hour Musical are gathered in the SCC theater to anxiously await the announcement of what show they would be performing the very next night.

collage of Brandeis students in various global locations

September 3, 2021

Students traveled to Siena and Copenhagen this summer, and more than 50 are abroad this semester.

max leblanc holds a tray of pie cones

August 23, 2021

In high school, Max LeBlanc '22 worked afternoons in an ice cream shop in Kennebunk, Maine, his hometown. One day during a break, he wandered over to a nearby bakery known for their pies. Then he came up with the "pie cone."

collage of medical imagery

August 19, 2021

Sarah Davidson ’23 believes there’s more to healthcare than having access to a doctor, medicine, or emergency services. That’s why she interned at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) this summer.

claudiane phillippe holds a cocktail

June 14, 2021

Three years ago, Claudiane Philippe ’13, MA’14, turned to social media for recommendations on where to find a hip cocktail in Boston. Surprised so few area bloggers were showcasing specialty drinks, she started documenting her own happy-hour discoveries.

Hayley Brown

April 26, 2021

Hayley Brown collaborates with Professor Daniel Breen on, “A Case for Secession: A Constitutional and Comparative Analysis,” a paper that examines the history and legality of secession, both in the United States and internationally.

Amy Ollove, Anderson Stinson and Mark Dellelo

April 23, 2021

For Anderson Stinson III ‘21, changing course is nothing new.
Ahmed, Diaz-Rodriguez and Brathwaite.

April 21, 2021

The Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students aims to increase the number of underrepresented groups in health care.

Ryan Aguilar

March 18, 2021

Faced with limitations on socializing, students came up with new and unexpected ways of getting together and enjoying campus life.

A Passover Haggadah

March 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about everything over the last year, including how Brandeis students will celebrate Passover, one of Judaism’s most sacred holidays, in late March.
Silhouette of Black students against a blue background

February 28, 2021

Not long after the Ford Hall 2015 protests at Brandeis, a group of students who were part of the 13-day sit-in connected with the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections.
Quinn Weiner

February 19, 2021

Quinn Weiner ’21 uses they/them pronouns. This is just one of the ways they're challenging society's ideas about gender.

Kendal Chapman

February 12, 2021

Kendal Chapman '22 advocates for her fellow students as Student Union President.
Covid testing site

February 8, 2021

Ido Dinnar is one of 12 students who work as site managers at Brandeis University’s COVID-19 campus testing centers.

Five students

January 25, 2021

BrandeisNOW asks undergraduates to share pieces of advice for fellow returning students and newly-arriving midyear students who will have to manage university life under similar circumstances as last fall.
Joseph Gelfinbein

November 19, 2020

Every week, Joseph Gelfinbein '21 co-leads an after-school activity session in Waltham where he helps elementary-school age kids conduct experiments that result in fun end products like lava lamps, malleable putties or a gooey substance fondly called “elephant toothpaste."

collage of students

September 22, 2020

A new resource created by two Brandeis undergraduates serves as a central place for connections between Brandeis and its home city.

jason frank

August 14, 2020

Jason Frank '22, an anthropology major and queer and sexuality studies minor is authoring the study, “Fairies and Funnies: Gay Men in Standup Comedy.”

Marissa Torelli

June 21, 2020

Marissa Torelli '22 is an intern in the office of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The internship, which is funded by the Hiatt Career Center’s World of Work program, provides an opportunity to receive hands-on experience outside of the classroom.

"queer life at brandeis podcast" banner

June 17, 2020

Jay Collay '22 got started with the Queer Oral History at Brandeis Project after spotting a listing for an undergraduate research assistant position in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. 

student handing bread to other student

May 15, 2020

When Ana Sazonov, MA/MBA’21 learned there were frontline healthcare workers in Boston-area hospitals who did not have access to Passover meals because of their long hours, she jumped into action.
Vargas looking on holding sign that reads: I am an American

February 28, 2020

Journalist, filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas will be the keynote speaker at this year's Deis Impact, Brandeis University's annual festival of social justice.
Dannie Brice looks at camera

February 13, 2020

While taking professor Faith Smith’s course Literature of the Caribbean in the spring of 2019, Dannie Brice ’20 had a moment of enlightenment. Read more at Brandeis NOW.
aervial view of poster session in shapiro campus center

August 15, 2019

Arts and sciences undergrads present the findings of their scientific research at annual event.

kate laemmle looks out from a whale watching boat during summer internship

August 6, 2019

This summer, Kate Laemmle, a double major in environmental studies and politics, made some new friends: Etch-A-Sketch, Sprinkles, Owl and Shuffleboard, to name a few. They're all humpback whales.

student stands alone at belzec concentration camp

July 25, 2019

Business student Elan Kawesch '20 organizes trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau for Boston-area college students.

Avi Hirshbein, left, and Bethel Adekogbe in the SIMS lab sound studio.

April 26, 2019

Avi Hirshbein ’19 realized what he wanted for a career early in his first year at Brandeis: He set his sights on the music industry. Brandeis didn’t have a major or program specific to the music industry, but it did offer resources and a community that served as a canvas for him to create his own vision.

joanne carminucci takes a breather during fencing practice

April 18, 2019

When she’s not on the fencing strip, Joanne Carminucci ’19 — a politics and economics double major from Brewster, New York — is likely working with professor Jill Greenlee on research related to political and gender socialization in children.

alli steinberg sorts book in Rose library

April 17, 2019

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Alli Steinberg ’19 always felt a little out of place. That all changed at Brandeis, where the art history and business double-major has found a home as a gallery guide and cutorial intern at the Rose Art Museum.

phi beta kappa logo

March 27, 2019

Of the new members, 81 come from the class of 2019 and eight hail from the class of 2020. They will be recognized in a ceremony during commencement weekend.

student zosia busé relaxes on chair in university library

March 18, 2019

She’s a student union representative to the board of trustees, an undergraduate departmental representative for the peace, conflict and coexistence studies program, and has served as a student ambassador for the Brandeis National Committee. But her heart and soul lies with 'Deis Impact, the annual festival for social justice at Brandeis.

Santiago Montoya Palacios stands in front of a bright, abstract painting

March 15, 2019

He's gone to the Hague for an internship at the International Criminal Court, participated in clubs like the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative, and worked at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. During all these experiences, Santiago Montoya Palacios '19 has had one central question in mind: Will this help make a positive change in the world?

Aichuck Tripura, right, with his father, Prashanta.

March 5, 2019

Like his father before him, aspiring computer scientist Aichuck Tripura '22 has turned his educational dreams into reality as part of Brandeis' renowned Wien Scholarship Program, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

“The knowledge and experiences I have gained at Brandeis have undoubtedly shaped who I am, and have allowed me to decide what kind of leader I want to be in this world.”

Jennifer Almodovar Jimenez ’18