I am a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. I also studied abroad in an international business school in Switzerland before. Previously, I held a consulting internship at Deloitte, worked as a technical intern in a tech startup, and conducted summer research in discrete mathematics and machine learning at the University of Maryland.
Due to my vast interests and diverse experiences in computer science and business, I am not sure what career path fits my skill sets and interests the most. I know I don’t want to work extremely long hours (like consulting), nor do I want to do software engineering for life (I can do at least a few years though). Overall, I see myself as a resourceful, entrepreneurial person who is curious about everything and not afraid of taking the road less traveled. I feel like I don’t fit the stereotype of a software engineer, but not sure where I should start my career with all these different experiences and coursework. I have been interviewing for data analyst, implementation specialist, and software engineer positions right now, but I am also want to explore other possible career paths for me.
Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
Name: Athena Xiao ’19
Majors: Computer science, business
Hometown: Nanchang, China
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I have worked extensively with animals and always had a passion for the environment. I want to combine the two and go into wildlife conservation. I’m seeking advice from anyone who works in conservation advocacy, outreach or research. I’d love to know what you do and what experiences have led you to your career. Thank you in advance!
Name: Sarah Copel ’15
Majors: Biology, psychology
Minor: Theater arts
Hometown: Yorktown, NY
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Hello! I’m a sophomore pursuing a BS/MS in neuroscience, and I work in a systems neuroscience lab exploring memory and learning. I am really interested in how digital technology affects humans and have taken some CS and anthropology courses. After graduation, I want to conduct and/or report research on related topics, both as a scientist and as a writer. I am reaching out to seek recommendations for graduate school programs that focus on human-machine interaction and possible internship/volunteering opportunities that would better my understanding of the topic. Thank you so much!
Name: Ziyi Guo ’21
Majors: Neuroscience, psychology
Hometown: Waltham, MA
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I’m particularly seeking people in research and development, or even marketing, in biotech or health environment. I’m seeking an exploratory and learning experience that encourages growth after graduation. Thank you!
Name: Anwesha Ghosh
Majors: Biochemistry, Economics
Hometown: Franklin, MA
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I’ve held research positions at Brandeis and several Boston-area hospitals. I hope to work for a few years, specifically in research, before pursuing graduate studies/PhD programs. Any advice would be appreciated!
Name: Tanaz Abid
Majors: Neuroscience & Mathematics
Hometown: Lexington, MA
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I am graduating this coming May with majors in Political Science and International and Global Studies. During my time at Brandeis and through internships that I participated in, I became very interested in health policy and public health research, taking multiple courses in this area to further my academic knowledge. I have been applying to various research positions within these fields, for example at Dartmouth College, MGH, Boston Childrens, RTI and others. I was wondering if you have any advice for a young professional who is seeking to enter the health policy and public health field. I would also like to hear about your experience within this field, how you got started, what your job search process looked like and your experience so far.
Name: Helena Voltmer ’18
Majors: IGS and Politics
Hometown: Windsor, VT
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I am seeking advice on how to write successful research papers in computer science. I hope to publish a paper in a computer science conference before I graduate. I am graduating this spring and will go to computer science graduate school, focusing on machine learning and bioinformatics. I have worked on two projects, one is of computer vision and the other is of graph matching and pattern learning. My coauthor and I have submitted the later project to a top bioinformatics conference and got rejected. I would love to hear advice on how to write a competitive paper. Any advice or connections are welcome!
Name: Martin Ma ’18
Major: Computer Science
Preferred Location: San Francisco Bay area
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I’m a junior pursuing a degree in psychology. My primary interest is in clinical psychology, and I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work post-graduation. Throughout my time at Brandeis, I have worked as a psychology Research Assistant for the Aging, Culture, and Cognition Lab, a Teaching Assistant for Lemberg Children’s Center, a Peer Counselor, and an Undergraduate Representative for the Psychology Department. In the spring, I will be studying clinical psychology in Copenhagen and am now in the process of registering for a clinical practicum placement. I am curious about how approaches to mental health treatments differ across cultures. I am also curious about your thoughts and experiences regarding working with a diverse group of patients versus specializing in treating one demographic. If you have any thoughts about these questions or experience in the field of social work, I look forward to connecting with you!
Name: Lauren Puglisi ’19
Hometown: New York, NY
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I am a recent grad seeking advice from professionals in the biological and life sciences industry. I graduated with a major in biology and minor in anthropology, with some experience teaching labs. I also worked independently in a project lab in microbiology, and did ecological field work in Hawaii. I hope to gain more technical experience in labs prior to pursing a masters degree. I would love to hear advice on starting in the research field. Any advice or connections are welcome!
Name: Deesha Patel ’16
Hometown: Millis, MA
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I will be graduating in December 2018 with a double major in computer science and economics, and pursuing a career in data science. I am actively looking for a summer internship in data analytics, engineering and quantitative research in industries including technology and consulting. I have multifaceted skills in programming, statistics, and business. During my past internship and project experiences, I have dealt with large volumes of data and conducted research using various tools including Stata, Python, and SQL.
I’m trying to decide between finding a full-time job or going to graduate school after graduation. I would appreciate insights from alumni working in the field on what they chose to do, and any advice for finding a summer internship. What’s more, I am passionate about start-ups so I would appreciate any viewpoints from alumni working with start-ups. Thank you so much!
Name: Aiden Zhang ’18
Majors: Computer science, economics
Hometown: Hunan, China
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As a senior, I am currently working on a thesis project that focuses on Arab nationalism under the Iraqi Ba’ath regime and its use of education. My regions of interest are Middle East and Central Asia. I also have a growing interest in education. I would like to focus on this subject when I apply to graduate school. Before that, I want to gain experience in the sector, preferably through research. I am seeking advice in regards to what kind of a path I should be following for these goals. It would be very useful to hear about the challenges and rewards of this path as well. Thank you!
Name: Sumeyra Ekin ’17
Majors: International and global studies, history
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
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I am graduating in May and am seeking a research assistant position in biology. I would love to speak with bio grads working in the field about how they found their first job.
Name: George Popa ’17
Hometown: Fort Lee, NJ
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My name is Danya Schlussel and I am a senior and Psychology major at Brandeis University graduating in May. I am interested in job opportunities in psychology research before pursuing a doctorate. My primary interest is in working with children, so ideally my position would allow me to work with a younger population. I have substantial experience working with youth of all ages and working in psychology research labs.
I am looking for a full-time job as a research assistant in New York City. Any advice, connections, or tips to help me along this process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Name: Danya Schlussel ’17
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
I’m a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Anthropology. I enjoy research and would like to get a job this summer that involves quantitative research.
In my classes, I’m working with SPSS and ArcGIS, and I enjoy using both software packages. Last year, I was a legislative intern at the Massachusetts State Senate where I wrote reports on pending legislation and did quantitative research using Excel. I am currently the programming director for the Brandeis Diversity Conference; in that role, I developed the schedule and invited several speakers to participate. Next academic year I’ll be studying abroad at the London School of Economics.
I’m hoping to talk to alumni who work with data about career options involving quantitative research. I’m also hoping for recommendations about ways I can get real world experience with data this summer. As an anthropology major, I would be interested in advice about career options that combine quantitative research with qualitative research.
Name: Christof Rindlisbacher ’19
Majors: mathematics and anthropology
Hometown: Boston, MA
I am interested in applying to graduate school and furthering my studies. I am interested in research, and would like to talk to alumni who have gone into research.
Name: Johnson Varghese ’16
Hometown: Danbury, CT
I became interested in scientific research late in my undergraduate career and was wondering if it’s possible to obtain an entry-level research position (such as a research technician or assistant) without any previous research experience. Are there any programs besides Masters programs that can help to teach me lab techniques/ equipment?
Name: Andrew Saechew ’15
Majors: Neuroscience, biology, chemistry
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
My name is Jodecy Colon and I am currently living in New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a Bachelors in chemistry. I am seeking employment in a science research lab in New York, preferably in a cancer biology or biomedical research lab. I have research experience in cancer biology, biophysics and neuroscience. I also have experience in teaching and I have volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital and I would love to work in a hospital or university setting. If you can help me in anyway with my job search, I would be very thankful. Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Name: Jodecy Colon ’15
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
My name is Rebecca Mitchell and I am currently a senior majoring in economics and international & global studies and minoring in environmental studies and legal studies. I’ve spent a large part of my time at Brandeis doing research and work involving economics and environmental issues. After receiving a World of Work Grant to fund my summer internship from the Hiatt Career Center, I worked as an Economics Intern and Research Assistant at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for their Senior Marine Resource Economist. Due to this experience, I know that I would thrive in a career involving economic research, data analysis, and policy. I am looking for a full-time job at an institution where I can gain more hands-on experience. I would love advice on how to enter the field of economics research and any other advice, connections, or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Name: Rebecca Mitchell ’16
Majors/Minors: Economics, international & global studies/ environmental studies, legal studies
Hometown: Scarborough, ME
I am a current senior searching for a year-long entry level job after graduation beginning in July 2016. I am interested in either clinical research or public health initiatives involving nutrition. I have a passion for medicine, public health, nutrition, and pediatrics. I have a wealth of clinical knowledge I can bring to the table, being a nationally registered EMT and having shadowed surgeons and an internal medicine doctor. I also have worked with young children for the past four out of five summers. Additionally, I have taken several public health courses including topics such as epidemiology and American healthcare. I am planning on taking psychological statistics next semester. I am unsure where or how to start my search and am looking forward to any suggestions and advice the alumni community may have.
Name: Meka Uffenheimer ’16
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
I am a third-year student majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Medicine and biomedical research are careers I have strongly considered but ultimately decided against. I still wish to improve peoples’ health and quality of life, but just at the population level. My experiences include research in health psychology (Brandeis lab) and immunology (NIH/NIDDK internship at Stanford). I have also been a Teaching Assistant in a social science statistics course. The most rewarding aspects of these jobs have been collaborating and working as a team, as well as interpreting data. Therefore I am considering a career involving study design and data analysis. I am now seeking to transition into the field of public health. At the moment, I am planning on working for a few years before pursuing an MPH (epi/biostats). Advice on entering public health and maximizing my future experiences before graduate school would be greatly appreciated. It would be extremely helpful to talk to alums about what they are doing and how they got there. I would also love to hear about any summer openings or opportunities you think I should know about. Positions in a health department or clinical research opportunities are of particular interest to me. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Name: Won Young Cheong ’17
Majors: Neuroscience, Psychology
Hometown: San Jose, CA
I am a recent Brandeis alumna who is having difficulty finding work in research. Though as a pre-med student I have a strong science background, I majored in psychology (with a minor in computer science) rather than neuroscience (which I find far more satisfying and engaging). I am now looking to gain practical experience participating in neuroscience (or related biology) research before applying to graduate programs to gain a better understanding of the realities of a career as a researcher as well as to improve my scientific foundation and expand my research skill repertoire. I have found my major to be quite limiting–though I do have science coursework, I have struggled to find research positions because my major disqualifies me from the majority of lab positions I have come across and I worry I will not be able to get the experience I need to prepare me for graduate studies. I would love to be contacted by someone who can give me advice on how I can, having majored in psychology, reposition myself for a scientific career and make this transition– it would be extremely useful to speak to someone who has made this jump. I would especially love to be contacted by someone who can connect me with a potential employer or even an internship.
Name: Alice Gelman ’13
Hometown: Boston, MA
My name is Clifton Masdea. This past May I received my Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. My goal is to work as either a research assistant or a technical assistant in the Greater Boston area before I begin applying for graduate programs. I was wondering if anybody knows of any laboratories that are currently looking for a research assistant?
I am currently looking for jobs in clinical research. In the future, I want to go to medical school and I believe that a job in the clinical field would be a great bridge between college and medical school. If alums have any advice on the best way to maximize my search and future position experience I would greatly appreciate it.
I am a graduating senior looking for a position ideally for a year or two before continuing on to graduate school for public health. I would like to work as a research assistant at a think tank or do some sort of nonprofit work related to health and/or poverty. I would appreciate any advice or experience you may have in the field. Thank you!
I’m a graduating HSSP/Biology senior interested in getting clinical research experience dealing with children/pediatrics and diabetes before applying to graduate programs in public health or bio-medical science. Any advice on how to effectively break into the field or opportunities I should be aware of would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if any alums have a similar experience I would love to find out how you got to where you are today. Thank you!
I am a current senior double majoring in Psychology and English with a minor in French and Francophone Studies seeking advice on how to get involved in clinical research. I would love to do research in a hospital (preferably in the Boston area), to get a different type of experience. I am looking to work in that field upon graduation for a few years before attending a PhD program for clinical psychology with a focus on forensics. I have experience collecting data on sexually aggressive males and I conduct extensive research on wrongful convictions and eyewitness misidentification. I am eager to learn more about the field and how to get involved in it. Any advice would be really appreciated! Thank you!
I’m a graduating senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Biology. Eventually I would like to go to med school but for the moment I’m interested in research positions in the South Florida area. If any alums have advice on how to make the most of research during a gap year or what I should try to look for during my search I would greatly appreciate it.
As a senior on the pre-med track, I am excited to pursue research opportunities in the medical field during my upcoming gap year. I am passionate about patient care, in particular the field of pediatrics. I have been looking for positions in the Philadelphia area, but am struggling to find opportunities appropriate for recent graduates. Ideally, I hope to build on my clinical and research experience before entering medical school. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or advice about how best to find a valuable experience for next year. Thank you!
I am a senior studying Sociology (research track) and Education Studies. I am passionate about research and have experience researching in both majors. My current focus is on understanding social media from a sociological perspective. While I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Sociology in the future, I am hoping to first gain more research experience. I am interested in finding positions in social science research in the Northeast or South Florida. If you work in this field, I would love to hear about how you got to where you are, or any other advice you may have. Thank you!
As a compassionate and analytically-minded recent graduate (May 2014), I am currently looking for opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a non-profit geared toward women’s empowerment, development work in the Middle East, a non-profit consulting firm, or a research institution. I’m particularly looking to leverage my study of Arabic, sociology, and the Middle East – as well as my recent experience as a Public Policy Intern for the World Food Program in D.C. Any advice on your experience breaking into the non-profit world in the Bay Area, suggestions about how to continue adding valuable skills and experiences for this field or insight about organizations to look into would be deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance.
I am currently a junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and also considering a minor in Business. I have had some internship experience in banking where I assisted managers and communicated with clients as well as a journalism internship that helped hone my interpersonal and research skills. I am interested in intern opportunities during the spring or summer in any organization relating to economics or math, especially consulting, analysis or research assistant. I’m open to most locations in the U.S. and China and would greatly appreciate any advice on where to start and how to reach out to organizations. Additionally, I really want to know more about the application process of applying graduate school. What was your experience applying? If you could go back to junior year, how would you have timed your graduate school applications? Or would you have decided to work immediately after graduation? Thank you very much for taking time to look at my Wisdom Wanted Ad, I look forward to hearing back from you.
I am a senior graduating in December with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Biology. I am looking for help in finding organizations or labs that are looking for someone to start towards the end of January/early February. My specific interest is in neuroscience and psychiatry, but I am open to other research areas as well. I’d love some guidance in who to reach out to and the best way to do so.
I’m a graduating HSSP senior looking to network with and meet professionals in the healthcare and health policy field. I would like to be involved in healthcare either as a research assistant, clinical administrative support specialist, or similar position for a couple of years before I pursue my masters in public health (or perhaps another graduate degree). Any advice on applying for these positions and making the most out of my time before graduate school would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Name: Amelia Lundkvist ’14
Hometown: Portland, ME
I am currently applying to medical school, and looking for a gap year job (in research or a hospital setting) before I hopefully matriculate in Fall 2015. Do any alumni have suggestions as to where I could look for such a job? Thank you for your time and any thoughts!
Name: Elizabeth Allen ’14
Major(s): Biology, Classical Studies
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
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Biology and business double major seeks advice on gap year between graduation and medical school. I am graduating in May and would like advice on clinical research opportunities close to home in Southern California. I have done research for a semester at Brandeis in a project lab course and would love to have more experience in clinical research before applying to medical school. Any advice ranging from clinical research opportunities to general gap year advice would be much appreciated!
Name: Jessica Jiwon Yang ’14
Major(s): Biology & Business
Hometown: Corona, CA
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Graduating senior and aspiring journalist with experience in conducting research and writing for print and broadcast news outlets looking for reporting and research opportunities as well as advice from those in the field. I contributed writing for the local NPR station’s Morning Edition newscasts, local ABC affiliate’s evening newscasts as well as the campus newspaper’s News and Arts sections. I also have experience in conducting research for projects appearing in major print and broadcast media outlets, and was named the Michael Ratner Scholar in Investigative Journalism as a result of my contributions to investigative projects through the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. I am fluent in Greek and proficient in Spanish, and have lived in both Greece (Thessaloniki & Athens) and Spain (Salamanca).
Name: Lydia Emmanouilidou ’14
Major(s): American Studies, Minors: Journalism, Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Newton, MA
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I am a senior studying HSSP. I am interested in the field of aging and pursuing work that benefits older adults. Ideally, I would like a job that allows me to use my healthcare knowledge from my HSSP courses and experiences in a way that relates to older adults. I am interested primarily in research and policy, rather than in direct clinical care such as social work. Work at a non-profit, policy organization, government institution or other organization interests me. Ultimately, I see myself attending graduate school, possibly pursuing an MPH, MPP, MPA or gerontology degree. However, as I am unsure yet what degree I want to pursue, I would like to gain experience before attending graduate school. Any guidance or suggestions on careers and graduate school are appreciated!
Name: Ilana Mittleman ’14
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
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I am a junior with a background in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. I have an interest in neuromarketing, consumer behavior, and brand equity research and would like to get involved in marketing that uses neuroscience (e.g. EEG, eye-tracking, biometrics) or some sort of science to study consumer behavior. I find this intersection fascinating and want to contribute to this uprising field. For this summer, I hope to gain hands-on experience in marketing and neuroscience before graduation in May 2015. As of now, my plan is to work for 2-3 years after college and then jump into graduate school for a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology (or a related field). After that, I plan on coming back to the industry. I am currently seeking advice from anyone who has experience in marketing and neuroscience and whether graduate school is necessary for this field. I would appreciate any advice or suggestions from any alumni.
I am a first semester senior interested in data analytics, quantitative research and finance. My past internship experiences have included roles in financial management & research, team leadership, & consulting for Isreali start up companies. I am looking to gain more knowledge about the finance industry in addition to hearing about career tracks in data analytics and finance. I am actively searching for a summer internship and would appreciate advice on internships in those industries as well.
Name: Alexander Izso ’14
Major(s): Business/History/Computer Science
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
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My name is Yael Bellin and I am a senior at Brandeis majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). I am seeking alumni who work in public health research in the Washington, D.C. area. My past experience includes internships at groundbreaking research organizations such as Montefiore Hospital’s Care Management Organization in Yonkers, NY and The Sax Institute in Sydney, Australia. I am projected to complete a senior honor’s thesis entitled, “The Pursuit of Patient Education and Empowerment in the Midst of Chronic Kidney Disease” in April 2014. I would like to learn how I can use the skills I have acquired through these experiences into career opportunities in Washington, D.C. I posses strong writing and analytic abilities as well as superior organizational and interpersonal skills. Specifically, though not exclusively, I am interested in connecting with those who work in clinical research labs or research institutions such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and the American Institutes for Research.
Name: Yael Bellin ’14
Major(s): Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
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I am a third year undergraduate student double majoring in business and chemistry who is interested in careers relating to both majors. I had a business internship at AFLAC and have done extensive chemistry research which enabled me to see the world of business and science (respectively). Now, I want to know what it is like to work in an the intersection of science and business. I am looking for shadowing and internship opportunities in the commercial side of the life science industry or consulting life science companies. I would love to get a chance to talk to anyone who has experience in those fields for help and advice. I want to know about your story and what you do.
Name: Suwan Lee ’15
Major(s): Chemistry, Business
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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I am a senior double majoring in Biology and HSSP. Through my research position in a drug-development lab at Brandeis University, I gained many invaluable lab skills and realized that I want to go into Biotech/Pharma industry. In the future, I am also looking into getting an MBA and get involved in the management side of a biotech firm. As I am approaching to the end of my undergraduate life, I would love to learn more about how other alumni, who had a similar career pathway, found their first job, and what they did to reach their end goal.
Name: Sinan Isim ’14
Major(s): Biology and HSSP
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Neuroscience and Biology double major looking for full-time opportunities or advice on clinical research and monitoring. I learned about this field at the recent Biotech, Health & Science Forum sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center and I would like to find out more about becoming a clinical research associate. If you work as a CRA, I would love to speak with you to learn more about your experience and how you got into your field. Thank you so much for your time.
Name: Sara Dejene ’14
Major(s): Neuroscience, Biology
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Interdisciplinary complex (dynamical) systems major looking for advice about non-academic research careers! My major combines physics, neuroscience, and economics on a foundation of mathematics and computer science. After working in a lab, I have a strong interest in continuing working in research but I’d like to understand what options are available for me outside of research in academia. I’m also unsure whether to rush straight to grad school or explore options before pursuing further education. I would love the chance to learn about your career path. Thank you very much for your time and help!
Name: Vincent Wong ’14
Major(s): IIM Complex Systems
Hometown: Muncie, IN
Graduating senior seeking full-time opportunities in the account management or strategy departments at an advertising or marketing agency. I am currently the Employer Relations Intern at the Hiatt Career Center. I have also interned at an ad agency this past summer. I have taken classes that range from biology and organic chemistry, to marketing management and financial accounting, as well as courses in sociology and Hispanic studies. I am particularly interested in marketing, advertising, public relations, market research, event planning, and consulting. I would love to speak with anyone that has experience in any of these fields and industries and discuss what path they’ve taken after graduation.
Name: Jennifer H. Kim ’14
Major(s): Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Roslyn, NY
Hello! I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and HSSP. I am primarily interested in cancer research but I am also interested in general neuroscience and public health related research as well. Seeking advice on a career in research (academia and industry) and how to apply to lab positions. I have worked in three labs so far, two as a student researcher (currently working on a thesis) and one as a lab technician. I am investigating the factors contributing to the differences seen in glucocorticoid sensitivity between older and younger women and men. I would love to talk to you about your career path, how you got to where you are now, and other relevant or future opportunities. Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it!
Name: Kristin Ha ’14
Major(s): Neuroscience and HSSP
Hometown: New York, New York
Varsity Sport: Fencing
Rising Brandeis senior interested in working in disability policy, advocacy and research after graduation. Interested in advice and networking opportunities with alums working in human services (government, non-profit or agency) broadly, and disability issues more specifically.
Name: Leah Igdalsky ’14
Major(s): Psychology, Hispanic Studies Minor, Social Justice & Social Policy
Hometown: Hartford, CT
I graduated this May with a degree in Neuroscience. I am very passionate about researching and furthering the understanding of the brain and would like some advice on what you did after you graduated. Were you happy with your decisions and your path? What would you have changed? I have a goal and a passion for neuroscience especially in disease research, injury, and memory, but I am open to new opportunities and directions.
Rosanna Veggeberg ’13
Dedicated, detail-oriented student looking for a job that will help her choose between law school and public policy school! Willing to work in a non-profit organization, law firm, think tank, or as a research assistant.
Jonna Cottrell ’13
American Studies, Anthropology
I just finished my freshman year at Brandeis. I am on the pre-med path and plan on going to medical school. I would like to learn more about the opportunities available for me to explore the medical world, from clinical work to research. Also, I would like to talk to people who took the path to medical school to familiarize myself with what to expect and how I can approach medicine.
Name: Daniel Shor ’16
Major(s): Biology & Neuroscience
Hometown: Waltham, MA
I am a pre-med student, an aspiring obstetrician, and a children’s book author who is actively seeking literary representation. I am active with the March of Dimes and other Chicago women’s health charities such as Expanding Lives. I have also spent about 5.5 years doing scientific research and have found I am interested in gynecologic oncology. Recently, however, I’ve pursued research and investigative journalism through the Schuster Institute and am finding inspiration in health writing and narrative medicine. This summer I will be traveling to Bulgaria to collect patient narratives and intern in an under-sourced obstetrics hospital as a Sorensen Fellow. I would love to meet Brandeis alumni in the healthcare fields who can share their career trajectory narratives with me. I would appreciate any advice on how to get my children’s book published as well. Looking forward to chatting with you!
Name: Damiana Andonova ’15
Major(s): HSSP, Biology
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Mathematics & Economics major graduating in 2014 with a strong interest in applying macroeconomic reasoning to financial markets. Generally, I love anything that’s about making and evaluating market-related arguments. Right now I’m trying to decide between pursuing a career in macro research, trading, or grad school. I would be particularly interested in speaking with those who work in trading or economic research. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about choices and opportunities in research, trading, or any other economics/finance paths. I appreciate and am very grateful for your time and effort to read this.
Student: (Osmond) Hong Bo Wang ’14
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Major: Mathematics; Economics
2015 undergrad passionate about life sciences, but torn between medicine and research. So to the wonderful alums in the fields of both medicine and research: I would love to hear about your experiences and know more about the multiple career paths possible. Your insights and advice could greatly help me steer myself towards a certain track. I would also truly appreciate a shadowing opportunity to really understand what it is like to be in your shoes!
: Arifa Sayyidah Ahsan ’15
2012 grad in Chemistry with research experience very interested in clinical research opportunity. Worked at the Deng Research Laboratory at Brandeis for more than a year, focusing on asymmetric catalysis. Fascinated with clinical research and epidemiology in general, have taken Biostatistics and learned to use statistical programs (Excel, SAS, R). Technology oriented, familiar with Mathematica, Java and C coding languages. Wants to earn graduate degree involving clinical research. I would love to talk about your career path and what you are doing now.
Student: Nhu Hoang ’12
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN