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. The library provides support for student research; contact a subject librarian as your entry point or for a referral with research. Additionally, practicum courses can involve research, lab work, community-based learning activities, theater, art, or project-based work. 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

“Another thing that makes the class so enjoyable is that we’ve investigated topics that are both in the news and important to the students,” added Assistant Professor Amber Spry, from the African American Studies and Politics departments. “I think it’s important to see what’s compelling about politics through the eyes of young Americans – what issues do they think are important? I think my students’ research shows they’ve got important things to say.”

Brandeis students are accompanied by students from Hampton University, who come to Brandeis through a summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation and Brandeis’ Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, in five-minute poster presentations.

The Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Brandeis Research Technology and Innovation (the MakerLab) hosted a day of science and technology outreach on November 5, 2019. The event was held to encourage Waltham High School students to pursue STEM careers.

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.