Graduate Student Groups & Other Support

Brandeis supports graduate students by offering a variety of on-campus resources and student groups.  Students can take advantage of the services on campus for supporting their professional development as well as their social, emotional and academic well-being.

Student-led organizations and representatives in the Sciences:

Please note that we are highlighting the following resources because they are supported by the Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office; you can find many more student organizations on the Presence App.  For more information on these resources, please contact the Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office: scigradoffice@brandeis.edu.

Graduate Student Program Representatives

The role of the Grad Reps in different programs is to advocate for students’ needs to faculty in a program and to make program improvements and recommendations. 

Diverse Brandeis Scholars

The Diverse Brandeis Scholars (DBS) group is a collection of underrepresented minority students in the graduate science programs at Brandeis who came together to address issues uniquely faced by minority students in higher education. Our goal is to promote diversity within our programs by supporting recruitment efforts, including conference attendance and outreach, and retention of students in the form of workshops, invited seminar speakers, and a supportive community within the underrepresented students. We work alongside faculty and administration to address where our programs could better serve the interests and ultimate success of students.

Career Development for the Sciences

The CDS is a student led group dedicated to creating training, support, and informational programming about career development for students across all departments of the Division of Science at Brandeis University. We are able to provide insight into different career options by inviting many outside speakers ranging from biotech, government and academia to converse and teach our students about new and exciting careers! We are always looking to increase our diversity and get new ideas!

Women in Science Initiative

The Women in Science Initiative (WiSI) is a community of graduate students, postdocs, and staff of every gender that is fostering the success of women in STEM fields.

We host several events per semester that encourage members of every department in the sciences to interact and address issues surrounding graduate education and careers in STEM. The topics addressed are not limited to issues affecting women, but rather are issues that all graduate students in STEM face.

Social Support Resources

Intercultural Center (ICC)

The Intercultural Center is dedicated to creating a haven of respect, education and celebration that aims to develop critical consciousness and awareness of the myriad cultures of Brandeis University. It also works to foster a welcoming community where diverse experiences and perspectives are valued and dedication to the understanding of cultures and ethnicities is essential. The ICC is home to 17 affiliated student clubs and organizations.

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)

The Gender and Sexuality Center at Brandeis University works to build a diverse and inclusive institution for women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual (LGBTQ+) faculty, staff, and students.

Specialized Career and Academic Resources

Professional Development at GSAS

Professional Development at GSAS is for PhD and MA students in all departments and in all stages of their career. Whether you are just starting or are about to finish your degree, the resources they provide are for you. Their goal is to enable students to pursue fulfilling careers in the private sector, academia, non-profits and government.

English Language Program (ELP)

ELP offers individual tutorial sessions in written and oral skills to both undergraduate and graduate students in the arts and sciences and intensive English classes to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students.