UDR Recognition Prize

Each semester, the School of Arts and Sciences awards UDR Recognition Prizes to those undergraduate departmental representatives who have spearheaded exemplary UDR-sponsored events, programs and initiatives.

Recipients receive a voucher for lunch at the Faculty Club for themselves and a faculty guest.

Spring 2019 Recipients

Fox Bauderlaire and Olivia Zou, Biological Physics

Major Initiatives

  • Alumni Career Panel. Organized with the physics UDRs, the panel provided information on career opportunities outside of academia.
  • Brandeis Undergraduate Science Journal Interest Meeting. Held to generate interest for a new undergraduate science publication, Catalyst, at Brandeis.
  • Welcome Back Social. A relaxing and casual event to kick off the semester for physics and biophysics majors. Games, food and music were provided. 
Jesse Held, Rabeya Hussaini and Carly KleinStern, Physics

Major Initiatives

  • Elevator Pitch Competition. Designed to motivate undergraduate students to improve on their science communication skills and connect them with other peers and faculty interested in research.
  • GRE Preparation Sessions. Organized with biophysics UDRs, the sessions were designed to familiarize prospective graduate students with the physics GRE, its conent and best test-taking strategies.
  • Journal Club. A discussion-based event designed to familiarize participants with scientific articles.
  • Social Events. Organized with biophysics and mathematics UDRs to build a stronger sense of community within the departments.

Fall 2018 Recipients

Alyssa Berkson, Angus Dawson and Katie Stenhouse, Linguistics

Major Initiatives

  • Talking Black in America. This event, organized with the AAAS UDRs, was a screening of “Talking Black in America”, a documentary on African American vernacular English. The screening was followed by a discussion among the attendees, which consisted of both students and faculty.
  • Brandeis Annual Speech-Language Pathology Event. This annual event helps linguistics students learn about speech-language pathology and hear from Brandeis grads who are currently in grad school for SLP or working as speech-language pathologists. It is a panel-style discussion featuring several Brandeis alums.
  • Meet the Majors. This event provided an opportunity for linguistics program students, prospective students and faculty to mingle. The professors explained the usual trajectory of the program, the major and minor requirements, and presented the courses offered in the spring.
  • Milk and Cookies. A recurring event where linguistics students (and often faculty) gather to get to know each other, discuss linguistics topics in an informal setting, and get advice on classes and life at Brandeis while eating milk and cookies of various types and dietary needs.
Lily He, Janis Li and Dustine Reich, Neuroscience

Major Initiatives

  • New Website. The UDRs felt it was important to create a new website for the program in order to make it a more accessible platform for prospective majors. They updated it with information including major requirements, suggestions, extracurricular opportunities, and career brainstorming. Students have voiced their appreciation for this new update.
  • Secrets to REU Funding. Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason gave a brief presentation on how to prepare a strong REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) fellowship application and provided information about the programs. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs answered questions and split into smaller groups to discuss questions/concerns about undergraduate research and the REU programs.
  • Meet the Majors. The neuroscience UDRs set up this event, which was also attended by professors, to talk to current and prospective majors about course schedules, interests, and feedback on the programs. They also provided major checklists and an introductory handout to assist them while answering individual questions.
  • Office Hours. UDRs held individual office hours in which they helped students understand the major, create a four year plan and determine whether the major was right for them.
  • Course Advising. The Neuroscience UDRs and Head Advisor of the Department held a course advising session in the Shapiro Science Center Atrium, open to all students who had questions about their schedules. They handed out checklists and sample schedules, helped students plan out their schedules for the next semesters, and advised on which classes were recommended for each individual's possible career.
Andrew Child, Rachel Greene, and Emily Politi, Theater Arts

Major Initiatives

  • Getting to Know You. A new section of interviews with theater arts faculty and staff members. Questions range from reading suggestions to information about their first jobs out of college.
  • Performance Head Shot Photographer. For the third consecutive year, a professional photographer was hired to take portraits of theatre arts majors' portfolios.
  • Sweet and Savory Slumber Party. The UDRs hosted a “slumber party” after the performance of 'Dream a Little Dream' in order to continue creating excitement around the department’s productions. Students were encouraged to wear pajamas and joined them for a fun evening filled with cheese fondue (including vegan options) and assorted desserts.
  • Spingold Theater Accessibility. UDRs met and coordinated with several Brandeis departments, including facilities, to provide a higher level of access to Spingold Theater for students and patrons of the productions.
  • Spingold Theater Sustainable Lighting. UDRs applied to and received funding from the Brandeis Sustainability Fund to update the incandescent light bulbs in the Spingold Theater dressing rooms. Utilizing new light bulbs significantly increases sustainability.