The Division of Science at Brandeis University encompasses 7 departments and 5 interdepartmental programs granting degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels. There are approximately 100 faculty, 100 postdoctoral fellows and research staff, 200 graduate students, and 500 undergraduates in the Division of Science.
The University is one of the 62 members of the American Association of Universities. During the fiscal year 2015, Brandeis University had a research volume totaling more than $38M in Federal and Non-Federal Grants and Contracts. These came from a combination of sources that included the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. We also are a National Science Foundation funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), one of only 24 universities nationwide to receive this award.
Brandeis University is one of only 35 private universities to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as research universities with a “very high research activity”.
Among the current Brandeis science faculty with research labs there are:
- A Nobel Prize recipient (Michael Rosbash)
- 5 members of the National Academy of Sciences (James Haber, Eve Marder, Chris Miller, Michael Rosbash, Gina Turrigiano)
- 4 fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (James Haber, Eve Marder, Michael Rosbash, Gina Turrigiano)
- 3 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators (Dorothee Kern, Chris Miller, Michael Rosbash)
- 2 Howard Hughes Medical Institute professors (Irving Epstein, Jane Kondev), and
- 1 MacArthur Fellow (Gina Turrigiano).
Our undergraduate alumni include a Nobel laureate (Rod MacKinnon ’78, 2003 Prize for Chemistry), a Fields Medal winner, a Turing Award winner and another MacArthur Fellow.
Equally important, in the short time since the founding of Brandeis University in 1948, we have produced over 2000 PhDs. We have also graduated over 8000 students with BS and BA degrees, most of who go on the graduate school and medical school. Our alumni are to be found all over the world in academia, hospitals, industry and business.
Brandeis graduates are particularly successful at gaining admittance to medical school. The average national acceptance rate to US medical schools is 44%. Brandeis students and alumni are accepted at a rate that averages between 65-75% annually. You can read more about being a premedical student at Brandeis.
Undergraduates have a wide array of opportunities for carrying out research in state-of-the-art laboratories, working closely with faculty, postdoctoral students and graduate students. Summer is a particularly busy time for undergraduate research, and at the end of July everyone displays their work at a huge celebration. You can read about students and their work at SciFest 2015.
Whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student or parent, or if you are already at Brandeis as a student, staff or faculty member, we have tried to provide one-stop shopping. You are only one or two clicks away from all the departments, offices, and research group webpages connected to the sciences. I invite you to view the videos on the home page and to read our blog at blogs.brandeis.edu/science.