Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations

Jerome A. Schiff Undergraduate Fellows Program

The Jerome A. Schiff Undergraduate Fellows Program provides funding for students to perform an innovative research or pedagogical project under the guidance of a Brandeis faculty mentor. See the 2022-23 Fellowship Recipients. Learn more about the Schiff Fellows program.

Applications for a Schiff Fellowship for the 2023-24 Academic Year are now closed.   Deadline information for 2024-2025 Schiff Fellowship applications will be updated later this year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Brandeis first-year, sophomore, junior. Schiff Fellows generally apply as sophomores or juniors. First year students may apply, but must have strong support from their proposed mentor.
  • Students must be full-time Brandeis students enrolled in courses on the Brandeis campus during the entire AY23-24 year (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024).
  • Evidence of enthusiasm, preparedness, and commitment to do research and strong evidence of support and mentoring from the faculty mentor.
  • Students can apply for a Schiff fellowship to support projects that are not for course credit. If their project meets the additional criteria below, students are eligible to apply for a Schiff Fellowship if they are doing a research project for course credit.

Eligibility Scope: Additional Criteria

  • Students doing research for course credit during AY23-24: Please read the eligibility criteria below for students engaged in a research or creative project for a senior thesis, senior project, or a research or creative project for academic course credit.
    • Students who will doing a research or creative project for course credit in AY23-24 can apply for a Schiff Fellowship if they want to begin one or more components of their research or creative project during the summer.
    • Students who will engage in a research or creative project for course credit in AY23-24 can also apply for a Schiff fellowship to support a project that is related to but separate from (or completed different from) the research for course credit.
    • Students with a senior thesis research or creative project that requires travel, equipment, or other project-related supplies costing over $500 total can apply for a Schiff Fellowship.
    • If none of the above applies, students doing senior thesis research or a senior project who have project-related expenses of $500 or less can apply for funding through the Provost's Undergraduate Research Funds  (up to $250 per semester).
  • Students are required to hold a SSN and complete an I-9 in order to receive a stipend. International Students are encouraged to review the steps for beginning on-campus employment found on the International Students and Scholars Office website. 

Amount, Duration of Award

  • $3,000 stipend (in AY23-24) for each Schiff Undergraduate Fellow (non-U.S. citizens are subject to special tax deductions).
  • The project should span the entire academic year. Depending on the nature of your project, your time commitment may fluctuate or remain consistent throughout the year. Some fellows begin their work in the summer and use a portion of their stipend for on-campus housing.
  • Each Brandeis faculty mentor also receives a research reimbursement of $500 towards their own research.

Application Requirements

  • Completed applications were DUE by 5 p.m. ET April 4, 2023. Late applications cannot be accepted.
  • Letter of recommendation, which must be submitted by your Schiff faculty mentor via the Faculty Recommendation Form. The recommendation letter should address the applicant's role in developing the project, the student's preparation to conduct research, expected outcomes, and a mentoring and communication plan.

Dates, Deadlines and Notifications

  • Campus deadline: The AY23-24 deadline was 5 p.m. ET April 4, 2023.
  • Notification: Schiff Fellows are notified in mid-May and are expected to accept or decline their award within 10 business days after notification.

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Jerome A. Schiff Fellows!

Shivani Bhut ’23
  • Majors: Biology, Neuroscience

  • Title: "Identification of Cellular Proteins Involved in Macropinocytosis"

  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Tijana Ivanovic

MJ Ibrahim ’23
  • Major: HSSP
  • Title: PaperLess (A Resource Database for Undocumented Undergraduate Students)
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Kristen Lucken
Anna Kang ’23
  • Majors: Philosophy, Politics
  • Title: Kant and Our Attitudinal Obligations to Others and Ourselves
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Kate Moran
Feigele Lechtchiner ’23
  • Majors: Economics; Urban Studies - IIM)
  • Title: Mapping the Relationship Between Community Engagement and Sacred Spaces in Boston
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Muna Guvenc Leon Ospina
Chloe Nolin ’23
  • Major: Biology
  • Title: Building Undergraduate Research Programs in the Brandeis Human Performance Lab: Assessing Student-Athlete Training and Recovery
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Maria Miara
Fijare Plous ’24
  • Major: Biology
  • Title: Mechanism of single-stranded DNA template in CRISPR/Cas9 retron-based gene editing
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. James Haber
Roshni Ray ’24
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Title: Biology in Powers of Ten: Quantitative Biology through Estimation Problems
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins
Logan Shanks ’24
  • Majors: AAAS; WGS; English
  • Title: "Hoochiemamas, Babymamas, and Strippers: Exploring the interiority of contemporary Black female Archetypes"
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Anya Wallace
Sasha Soboleva ’23
  • Major: Linguistics
  • Title: Language Buddy Program
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Elena Gonzalez Ros
Jason Walter ’23
  • Major: Politics
  • Title: The U.S., International Organizations, and the Use of Force
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Kerry Chase
Grace Wang ’23
  • Majors: HSSP; Biology
  • Title: Building Undergraduate Research Programs in the Brandeis Human Performance Lab: Promoting health and well-being through physical activity among Brandeis students
  • Faculty mentor: Dr. Maria Miara