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July 18, 2024

As an undergraduate researcher, Fiona Stewart shoots lasers at tiny bacteria—and in the process, she's answering some profound mysteries about their genetic machinery.

secret service respond to an assassination attempt of former president donald trump.

July 16, 2024

Politics professor and domestic terrorism expert Jytte Klausen discusses the attempt on former president Donald Trump's life.

Jamie Wire in a red sleeveless top standing in front of a multicolored-lit wall

June 19, 2024

With a background in advocating for LGBTQ+ communities, Jamie Wire aims to foster resilience and empowerment among students at Brandeis.

Brandeis students stand in front of a tropical hillside in Puerto Rico.

June 17, 2024

Brandeis has launched its inaugural study abroad program in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Black and white photo of four people inside WBRS radio station in 1990

June 17, 2024

The Summer 2024 edition of Brandeis Magazine delivers compelling features, captivating photos, new books by our faculty and alumni, campus news and much more.

A student sews

June 5, 2024

“Indigo Road” is a fiber art sculpture project that helps tell the story of enslaved people who worked on U.S. indigo plantations, and its connection to the cultural history of American blue jeans.

June 4, 2024

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor the LGBTQIA+ community and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university.

Sora Haagensen clings to a small hold on an indoor climbing wall covered in plastic holds in a variety of colors.

June 3, 2024

Sora Haagensen ’25 is on her way to the top — literally. At the end of May, she represented Brandeis at the 2024 USA Climbing collegiate national championship near Phoenix, Arizona.

A collage of multiple book covers

June 3, 2024

We asked faculty across the university to suggest their favorite books for the dog days of summer.

May 22, 2024

Congratulations to the undergraduate and graduate students who make up the Brandeis University Class of 2024!

Two graduates walking through campus before Commencement

May 21, 2024

Graduates from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies participated in the afternoon ceremony on May 19, 2024.

A group of graduates wearing Commencement attire stand in line, smiling.

May 21, 2024

With excitement and anticipation in the air, the Class of 2024 participated in their long awaited Commencement ceremony among friends, family, and mentors.

A graduate with her family

May 20, 2024

Brandeis Stories caught up with members of the Class of 2024 one last time as they exited their graduation ceremony.

Graduates in caps and gowns stand in line during the Commencement Ceremony

May 19, 2024

Campus was alive with jubilant celebration as Brandeis held its 73rd Commencement Exercises on May 19.

May 13, 2024

As the 2023-24 academic year comes to a close, the Class of 2024 takes a moment to share a few words about their experience at Brandeis over the last four years.

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May 3, 2024

Nine undergraduates, two graduate students, and three alumni received prestigious scholarships this spring.

Dancers in Springold Theater dressed in bright costumes.

April 26, 2024

Vivekanand Vimal, GSAS PhD’17, and costume designer Brooke Stanton collaborate with student dancers to explore how vibrational cues affect movement during dance.

Roy DeBerry ’70, GSAS MA’78, PhD’79

April 12, 2024

Through an initiative known as the Ashland Brandeis Connection, Brandeis undergraduate volunteers are tutoring students in math.

Students look up toward the sky wearing protective glasses

April 9, 2024

Students flooded campus on Monday, April 8, to experience the solar eclipse.

nathan stands in front of yiddish text

April 5, 2024

By engaging with poetry through visual art, Nathan Bernstein ’24 is bringing the Yiddish language to three dimensional life. His work, entitled “Lider un Kunst,” will be on display during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts in the Shapiro Campus Center lounge across from the SCC theater, April 6-14, 2024.

A photograph of Jessica Chapin smiling, in a suit coat.

March 27, 2024

Former Judges basketball player Jessica Chapin will become the 13th Director of Athletics in school history.

eclipse

March 26, 2024

A total solar eclipse — a once-in-a lifetime event for most people — will occur on April 8.

art design

March 25, 2024

Through computer programming using basic functions, matrix representation of vectors, symmetries, 3D representations, cluster finding algorithms, and similar concepts, students in a physics class brought mathematical masterpieces to life.

maggie holds trophy

March 22, 2024

The graduate student won a national championship against Division I competition, taking the National Collegiate title in the women's sabre event at the 2024 NCAA Fencing Championships at the Ohio State University.

swimming

March 21, 2024

Sam Dienstag ’24 turned in the best performance in Brandeis history at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing as the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle.

angels

March 13, 2024

A student from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is writing a series of essays about her research topic, Puritan media; she’s also creating an online course about the Puritans and advancing her own understanding of the topic at the same time.

Headshots of Ken Burns, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Rabbi David Ellenson, Roy DeBerry and Ruth Simmons staggered on a blue and back textured background.

March 12, 2024

Renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and higher education trailblazer Ruth Simmons will deliver keynote addresses and receive honorary degrees at Brandeis University’s 73rd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19.

two people communicating with phones

March 5, 2024

Business professor Andy Molinsky offers strategies to thrive professionally anywhere in the world.

film clip from Sarah

March 1, 2024

A student from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is working on a film based on the biblical story of Job alongside a community in rural Idaho.

swimming

March 1, 2024

Sam Dienstag '24 of Willmette, Illinois, will be making his third appearance at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

February 29, 2024

The celebrated ecologist, educator, and author presented to more than 400 audience members from Brandeis, Wellesley College, Tufts University, and elementary schools from across the Boston area.

Eleanor Roosevelt speaks with a student as a group of people, including Abram Sachar, look on.

February 27, 2024

For five days in 1955, Allen Secher ’56 was in the driver's seat and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt sat by his side.

Dalia and Arianna

February 26, 2024

The course is a part of a ENACT: a national, nonpartisan program engaging undergraduates at colleges and universities in state-level legislative change by working with legislators, staffers, and community organizers to advance policy.

An image from Nayoung Kim's dissertation, Prismatic Reader.

February 23, 2024

Kim was the first to complete a non-traditional dissertation. In response to the English department’s decision to change the structure and requirements of their PhD program, she created Prismatic Reader, an eye-catching website that combines analyses of contemporary novels with reflections on her own process.

zaire simmonds

February 16, 2024

Zaire Simmonds ’26, an education major from the Bronx, was selected as a top 50 finalist for the Chegg 2023 Global Student Teacher Prize.

jolecia with art

February 16, 2024

Jolecia Saunderson spoke with Brandeis Stories about her steps to creating a campus club and why she values her found community.

woman on phone

February 12, 2024

A new study from professor Margie Lachlan and Xin Lin, GSAS PhD'22, shows that the precise way we use social media can determine its impact on our mental health.

Woodrow Wilson at the podium

February 1, 2024

In reference to the centennial of Wilson’s death, Professor Thomas Doherty notes on the president's accomplishments and initiatives leading to his death.

three paintings on wall

January 25, 2024

Deeply Rooted: Faith in Reproductive Justice, the 21-artist multimedia exhibition in the Brandeis Kniznick Gallery, shows that faith can provide both a means of support and an entry into an important conversation.

midori playing violin

January 24, 2024

The Brandeis Creative Arts Award recognizes excellence in the arts and the lives and works of distinguished, active American artists.

Students stand with professor near building

January 19, 2024

For undergraduates Maya Haubrich ’24, Rebecca Leon ’24, and Clay Napurano ’24, attending part of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP-28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates was not only deeply impactful but left them more determined than ever to continue their work in environmental studies.

people singing

January 12, 2024

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration was held on Thursday, Jan. 11 in Sherman Function Hall. This year’s event celebrated the 60th anniversary of King’s march on Washington, a historical moment for the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. smiles with two other people on his visit to Brandeis University.

January 10, 2024

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored nationwide every third Monday in January with a federal holiday that bears his name, his legacy as a civil rights activist holds a particularly special place at Brandeis.

snow person

January 8, 2024

A blast of wintry weather didn’t prevent the Midyear Class of 2027 from kicking off their long awaited Brandeis experience Sunday.

December 28, 2023

Revisit memories from the past year at Brandeis.

robots on book getty image

December 15, 2023

Peizhao Li, PhD’24, a candidate in computer science, has received a $55,500 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice.

Robin Wall Kimmerer stands in the woods

December 12, 2023

The celebrated ecologist, educator and author will visit campus this spring.

Drew Weissman receives Nobel Prize from King of Sweden

December 11, 2023

The immunologist, along with research partner Katalin Karikó, H’23, received the prize for research that led to the COVID vaccines.

sunset at lights

December 8, 2023

In response to issues that emerged in the wake of the Hamas attacks, the war in Gaza, and campus events, Brandeis canceled all classes Dec. 5 to hold a special community wide teach-in.

Candles in the snow

December 7, 2023

Helen A. Berger, resident scholar and expert on contemporary Paganism, shares insight on the Winter Solstice celebration.

Koby and Benedict

December 7, 2023

The fellows, both undergraduate and graduate students, work alongside the team at the Foundation’s offices at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Focusing on areas of their individual interest, fellows tackle real-world challenges through research, outreach, and engaging with philanthropic donors.

Students dancing

November 30, 2023

Brandeis Stories spoke with Emma Stott ’25 and Liliana Aspromonte ’25, this year’s co-presidents of the club, to get a behind the scenes look at their production of The Nutcracker.

Brandeis Magazine cover

November 30, 2023

The Winter 2023/2024 edition of Brandeis Magazine delivers compelling features, captivating photos, and a recap of the university’s 75th-anniversary celebration.

two people sword fighting

November 17, 2023

Throwing punches, sword fighting, and starting duels. For Anika Hahn ’25, the fight captain of Brandeis University’s production of Twelfth Night, these are a major part of every performance.

Allie poses for photo

November 13, 2023

Slated for November 13-18, this year’s I Am Global Week features events hosted by student groups, faculty, campus partners, and the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).

first generation student day

November 8, 2023

Faculty and students from the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences share their first generation students experience.

Wolfgang Baumeister

November 6, 2023

Baumeister was chosen for his pioneering work in the development of cryo-electron tomography.

ibs peace scholars

November 6, 2023

Brandeis International Business School students from South Sudan, Ukraine reflect on scholarships that changed their life.

Marco and Mahmoud pose with two team mates.

November 6, 2023

Inspired by their win at Brandeis University’s DeisHack, Marco Qin ’24 and Mahmoud Salah ’24 have taken their coding talents to some of the most competitive college Hackathon events in the country.

three soldiers in fatigues

November 3, 2023

Gary Samore, the Crown Family Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and professor of the practice of politics, analyzes the possibilities of the conflict in Gaza spreading further into the Middle East.

Tressie McMillan Cottom delivers remarks in the Gittler Prize ceremony.

October 31, 2023

In a visit to Brandeis, the cultural critic and sociologist urged to students to defend the right to be curious.

From left to right, University Professor Anita Hill, Professor Sarah Deer (The University of Kansas) and Professor Crystal Feimster (Yale University) speak during Slavery, Citizenship, and the Afterlife of Gender-Based Violence at the Heller School .

October 30, 2023

Moderated by University Professor Anita Hill, the panel of leading scholars discussed the logic of settler colonial genocide and sexual violence against Native and enslaved Black women with regards to the delineation of citizenship.

Two people standing around a fire.

October 26, 2023

Professor Helen A. Berger, a Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center, took some time to explain her path to researching witchcraft, the modern reclaiming of the practice, and its connections to feminist movements.

Medal

October 24, 2023

Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder ’69 and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Emeritus Gregory Petsko each received the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition the nation bestows on scientists and engineers.

Images of Israeli hostages snatched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas last week in a surprise attack into Israel, plastered on a wall outside the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on October 16, 2023.

October 17, 2023

Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Yehudah Mirsky was in Israel on Saturday, October 7, during the terrorist attacks by Hamas. He shared his personal reflections on what happened and their implications for Israeli society and politics.

A person high fives the Brandeis Judge mascot's gavel

October 16, 2023

See photo highlights from the weekend.

People celebrating inside the gala tent

October 16, 2023

Thousands of proud alumni, students and families filled campus Oct. 13-15 to celebrate the university's 75th anniversary.

A woman starts to cry during a rally in support of Israel at the Boston Common.

October 11, 2023

Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, answers questions on the attacks and what the future may hold.

Deborah and Shlomi Matias

October 11, 2023

Deborah and Shlomi Matias, the daughter and son-in-law of Ilan Troen ’63, the Stoll Family Professor Emeritus in Israel Studies, were shot to death early Saturday morning in their home in Beersheba, Israel, by Hamas terrorists. Here, Troen offers a first-person account and perspective.

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October 6, 2023

A Brandeis internship program is giving undergraduate students real world experience while bringing innovation to the university community and beyond.

Four students outdoors

October 4, 2023

As the university marks its 75th anniversary, current students are forging the future. Eitan Marks ’24, however, is dedicated to conserving the past.

Drew Weissman

October 2, 2023

Drew Weissman ’81, GSAS MA’81, P’15, H’23, has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with collaborator Katalin Karikó, H’23, for their work on mRNA vaccines.

Person dressed in yellow performs on stage, a person wearing a Flounder fish costume is seen in the background

September 20, 2023

A cast of 65 performers and 32 stage technicians brought “The Little Mermaid” to stage in an impressive 24 hours.

September 20, 2023

Follow the Brandeis Klezmer band members who are not only reviving this rich musical heritage but also sharing it with the world.

Noah Risley

September 19, 2023

Noah Risley ’24 spoke with Brandeis Stories about upcoming major Student Union changes, the importance of inclusivity, and ways to get involved in student government.

September 14, 2023

In September 2023, Cameron Samuels ’26, Executive Director of Students Engaged in Advancing Texas (SEAT), testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, addressing book bans affecting students across the country.

Rupam Saha works at a computer the Physics lab

September 8, 2023

Rupam Saha, a fourth year physics PhD candidate, talks about his work designing self-limited structures.

Jeffrey Shoulson

September 5, 2023
Arts and Sciences

Meet the new Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Jeffrey Shoulson.

A then/now style image with an archival photo on the left and a current photo on the right. Both photos show students sitting on a wall

August 31, 2023
Institutional Advancement

Join the entire Brandeis community - alumni, friends, family, students, and staff - for an anniversary celebration 75 years in the making this October.

Three colorful paintings on a gallery wall

August 31, 2023

“Lives Eliminated, Dreams Illuminated” pairs photographs of young women murdered in the Holocaust with paintings and music. The exhibition opens Sept. 7.

Ephraim Zimmerman seated with a laptop computer

August 30, 2023

Ephraim Zimmerman ’25 came to Brandeis with a vision: to learn the skills he would need for a future in quantitative finance and software engineering.

Students walking down steps, their images blurred

August 28, 2023

The newest Brandeisians filled their residence halls and said goodbye to their families on Move-In Day, on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023.

Brain with puzzle pieces out

August 18, 2023

Elizabeth Mahon, a psychology PhD candidate, spent the summer in the Lifespan Lab working to identify the precursors for Alzheimer's disease.

Arghavan Khosravi, The Orange Curtain, 2022. Acrylic on canvas over shaped wood panel, on wood panel. 64 1/2 x 49 in.

August 17, 2023

Iranian artist Arghavan Khosravi’s first comprehensive museum survey is now on view

Students engaging with posters at SciFest

August 15, 2023

After countless hours dedicated to summer research, undergraduate students across the sciences shared their findings.

Hip-hop artist collage

August 10, 2023

In his class Hip-hop History and Culture, Professor Chad Williams charts the trajectory of the musical genre from its roots in the African Diaspora to Cardi B.

A group of students posing for the camera

August 8, 2023

The Lurie Undergraduate Fellowship offers opportunity to learn policy and create community.

Students visit a landmark with professor Cindy Thomas

July 27, 2023

This summer, 15 Brandeis students, each with a variety of majors related to public health, experienced their coursework through a global lens.

A man in a beige suit sits on a bed, looking up and away

June 1, 2023
Institutional Advancement

Maya Sigel ’04 dazzles viewers by combining ’50s aesthetics and futuristic elements

Kate stands in water with ducks behind her

May 15, 2023

A desire to make a difference, a love for the outdoors and little help from her mentors helped Kate Danziger ’23 find her dream job.

A student sitting at a pottery wheel

May 11, 2023

For decades, the Brandeis Pottery Club has been a creative hub for students from all disciplines to gather and create art together.

May 5, 2023

Ever wonder what's out there past the Earth's stratosphere? The Brandeis Astronomy Club touches on their fascination with space, the physical universe, and how the club formed a community and bond.

Mazzi Ingram poses with a pile of clothing.

May 2, 2023

Through her sustainable efforts both on and off campus, the environmental studies major is making an impact.

Jessie holds an iPad with her grandmother on it

May 1, 2023

jessie neal, GSAS MA'23, has spent their graduate program dedicated to exploring CHamoru culture. Their greatest resource? Their grandmother.

A hand holds a gold Star of David necklace

March 2, 2023

Brandeis and the Robert K. Kraft Family and the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS) have formed a partnership to address the rise of antisemitism across the country.

A person swimming in a pool

February 23, 2023
Brandeis Athletics

Sam Dienstag ’24 has been selected to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships for the second-straight year.

February 10, 2023

Explore the dynamic and unique world of fencing at Brandeis University.

WBRS members sit in the group's office

January 30, 2023

For the first time in the history of WBRS, Brandeis’ student-run radio station will be participating in NFL’s Super Bowl media week.

Cameron Samuels stands in front of a yellow post

January 23, 2023

After discovering an internet ban on important community resources like The Trevor Project, Samuels started a movement against censorship in Katy, Texas.