Teaching & Mentoring

Teaching and mentoring in the PhD MCB program

Recent MCB PhD Laura Laranjo, University Prize Instructorship winner, now assistant professor at Salem State University.


PhD students will learn how to teach by serving as a teaching assistant for two different courses during their second year. Students can take advantage of the Center for Teaching and Learning to receive additional training and support.

The University Prize Instructorship (UPI), sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is a unique opportunity for advanced graduate students to design and teach an entirely new undergraduate course in their field of research. In order to compete for the prize, applicants must submit a written statement that explains the relationship between their course and their dissertation research as well as their proposed course’s detailed syllabus and evaluations as teaching fellows. Instructorships are awarded to exceptional doctoral candidates who have made substantial progress toward their degree. 


Research laboratories at Brandeis attract highly motivated Brandeis undergraduate researchers, providing an excellent mentoring opportunity for PhD students. Graduate students can also mentor non-Brandeis undergraduates and high school students, who come to Brandeis from diverse backgrounds and locations to conduct independent research projects.  

Graduate students can also serve as mentors in both the University supported “Posse” program, and “Science Posse” program. Posse mentors work with a cohort of students over the course of a year, providing personal and academic support.