Student Research

Figuring out what you really want to do in life can take some research.
male student conducting a science experiment in lab with test tubes

Undergraduate Research

At Brandeis, undergraduates have the chance to work alongside faculty researchers, even a Nobel laureate. They also lead their own research projects. Our undergraduates have co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed research articles in scientific journals and jump-started their careers in academia, industry, government and the nonprofit sector. Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations (URCC) in the School of Arts and Sciences developed an institution-wide portal linking programs and resources for undergraduate research and creative collaborations in the Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Additionally, the library provides support for student research; contact a subject librarian as your entry point or for a referral with research. Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis keeps a list of all courses and practica that utilize experiential learning.

Graduate Research

classics student with Ann Olga Koloski-OstrowIf advanced study is part of your plan, here’s how we do it: through small classes, faculty mentorship, and close collaboration with fellow students and professors. And we make it financially feasible. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management all offer scholarships, grants, fellowships and internships, as well as lifetime career support, to help make your professional dream a reality.

Student Research in the News

"Brandeis has a longstanding tradition of faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative activities," said Margaret Lynch, director of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office. "Our goal is to strengthen that tradition and assure that every student has access to a research experience or creative collaboration with a faculty mentor and to know that these opportunities are available and how to access them."

Even while physically distancing, Brandeis students receive grants and fellowships to continue conducting inquiry outside of the classroom. According to Director of Academic Fellowships Meredith Monaghan, "Brandeisians remain connected, collaborating with faculty and staff on research projects, senior theses, and applications for fellowships and internships."

Rosa Gil ’21 of the Bronx, N.Y., is a research assistant in the lab of biology Professor Bruce Goode, where her investigations into the regulation of yeast cell shape and growth contribute to our basic understanding of how cells divide asymmetrically.

Recent Student Publications

Names of undergraduate students from Brandeis are indicated below in bold face
Roy A, Wang S, Meschede-Krasa B, Breffle J, Van Hooser SD. An early phase of instructive plasticity before the typical onset of sensory experience. Nat Commun. 2020;11(1):11.

Donelson NC, Dixit R, Pichardo-Casas I, Chiu EY, Ohman RT, Slawson JB, Klein M, Fulga TA, Van Vactor D, Griffith LC. MicroRNAs Regulate Multiple Aspects of Locomotor Behavior in Drosophila. G3 (Bethesda). 2020;10(1):43-55.

Greppi C (*), Laursen WJ (*), Budelli G, Chang EC, Daniels AM, van Giesen L, Smidler AL, Catteruccia F, Garrity PA. Mosquito heat seeking is driven by an ancestral cooling receptor. Science. 2020;367(6478):681-4.
Lowensohn J, Hensley A, Perlow-Zelman M, Rogers WB. Self-assembly and crystallization of DNA-coated colloids via linker-encoded interactions. Langmuir. 2020.
Enes J, Haburcak M, Sona S, Gerard N, Mitchell AC, Fu W, Birren SJ. Satellite glial cells modulate cholinergic transmission between sympathetic neurons. PLoS One. 2020;15(2):e0218643.
Hadzipasic A, Wilson C, Nguyen V, Kern N, Kim C, Pitsawong W, Villali J, Zheng Y, Kern D. Ancient origins of allosteric activation in a Ser-Thr kinase. Science. 2020;367(6480):912-7.