September 2021 Issue

Welcome from Director

Welcome to Fall Semester and to campus. Your positive energy uplifts our community! Undergraduate research is a high-impact experience from which you can gain skills, create value, and make connections. Read on to learn about upcoming Research 101 workshops, the new ForagerOne undergraduate research opportunities database, undergraduate research opportunities at the Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection (CLARC), undergraduates' summer research projects and creative projects, and new URCC people.

Warm wishes,

Margaret Lynch
Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships

Our Office: 

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office ( URCC ), launched in 2020, is a unit in the School of Arts & Sciences, led by Dean Dorothy Hodgson. Through a grant* from the Davis Educational Foundation, the URCC is building an infrastructure to support Brandeis undergraduates’ access to research and creative opportunities. For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships, Margaret Lynch, at

 *The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.

URCC Events

Research 101 Workshops for Fall 2021 

The URCC Research 101 workshops can help you learn more about how to get involved in research and creative projects at Brandeis. For the convenience of students, this one-hour workshop is repeated monthly. Each session presents the same content. Learn how to:

  • get involved and when to start
  • identify your interests
  • search for research opportunities
  • reach out to potential faculty mentors
  • apply for funding
  • present and share your research or creative project
  • get support and advice at all steps in the process
Please note that the workshop room’s capacity is limited. Priority will be given to students who  sign up   in advance. There will be snacks and beverages, too!

Friday, September 24, 2021 

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 314

Friday, October 15, 2021

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 315

Friday, November 12, 2021

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 315

Thursday, December 9, 2021

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 314

Upcoming Fall Deadlines

Check out the funding opportunities for undergraduate research and creative projects this fall semester. Be sure to subscribe to the URCC Events calendar for workshops and sessions on research tools and techniques!

Find More Brandeis Research Opportunities and Faculty Mentors!

Are you interested in finding research jobs, fellowships, and faculty at Brandeis? The URCC has launched a new searchable database of undergraduate research fellowships and grants, paid research assistant jobs, and faculty mentors. 

Later this month and in October, current undergraduates will receive several follow up emails with more details about how to use the ForagerOne Undergraduate Research Opportunities database. This project was made possible with grant funding from the Davis Educational Foundation. 

Congratulations to the Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Fellows!

Twenty-six undergraduate student research fellowships were awarded for Summer 2021 projects. The URCC summer fellowship recipients can be found on the URCC website’s Recent Awards page. These opportunities for undergraduate student research would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and the Provost’s Office. Thank you to our donors, the selection committee members, faculty mentors, staff, and of course the students! 

Undergraduate Research Spotlight: Natasha Chairayat, ‘22

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office highlights students who have engaged in research and creative projects. We share their experiences through our website , newsletter, and other Brandeis channels. This newsletter features Natasha Chaiyarat, ’22, an undergraduate researcher and URCC office assistant since September 2020. Natasha applied for and received the competitive American Bar Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Natasha answered a few questions from the URCC about her research experience. Read the spotlight to learn how she navigated the process of finding a research opportunity, challenges she faced, and positive outcomes of the experience.

Faculty-Undergraduate Student Partnership Spotlight

CLARC – Ancient History and New Technologies Come Together in CLARC’s New Research Agenda
In the Classical Artifact Research Collection (CLARC), Brandeis undergraduates are given opportunities to work with both ancient artifacts and cutting-edge technologies. Read about it in our latest Faculty-Undergraduate Student Partnership Spotlight!

New URCC Team Member

The URCC welcomes Alexandra Burkot as the 2021-2022 URCC Graduate Program Assistant. Alexandra is a PhD student in Musicology and was awarded a Connected PhD Graduate Internship to work with the URCC. Welcome, Alexandra!

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