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About the Graduate Writing Consultants--Read First
All writing consultants have been trained to help graduate students with general writing issues in any field, but it can be helpful to work with someone in a field more similar to your own.
Foreign languages : a few of our writing consultants feel comfortable reading work in other languages. See bios for more information.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Style/Flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Bio: Abraham is a Ph.D. student in English and is interested in comparative work between 20th century U.S. multi-ethnic literature and Latin American literature. He has two years experience working in the Graduate Writing Center. He can speak, read, and write in academic Spanish fluently and has done work in oral and written translation. He has conducted interviews for oral history projects archived in the UCLA Library. He has taught creative writing classes with a focus on revision strategies. He has written letters of recommendation for students applying to graduate school, internships, jobs, and scholarships. His favorite punctuation mark is one not typically used in academic writing but overused in the comic book genre: the excellent exclamation mark!
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Fellowships/Grants, STEM, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Statistics, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Adriana is a Developmental Psychology PhD student studying the impact of early life adversity on neurodevelopment. Over the course of her graduate career, she has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an NICHD Brain and Behavioral Development during Adolescence (BBDA) T32 Doctoral Training Fellowship, a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, a UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship fellowship, and a UCLA Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award. She also received an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Prior to enrolling at UCLA, Adriana graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Neurobiology (Mind, Brain and Behavior) and a minor in Computer Science. Despite her reliance on parentheses (they can be so helpful!), her favorite punctuation mark is the comma.
Department: Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Humanities, Qualitative Methods, Oral History, Critical Geography, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Style/Flow, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Alana is PhD candidate in the César E Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. Her research is concerned with histories of displacement, dispossession, diaspora, loss, return, and what these sometimes have to do with rivers, particularly the Río Grande. Her dissertation is a historical study of the Río Grande’s role in land disputes along the Texas-Mexico border. In addition, Alana is pursuing a UCLA certificate in American Indian Studies. Alana is also a poet whose poetry has been published in Huizache, Duende, The Acentos Review, Kweli Journal, among others, and is forthcoming in The Florida Review in its Latinx special feature issue. In 2017, she received 2nd prize in Blue Mesa Review ’s Summer Poetry Contest judged by Safina Sinclair. Alana is an alum of Hampshire College, an alternative education undergraduate institution in Massachusetts. There she studied cultural studies, creative writing, journalism, and U.S. immigration history. For a short time as an undergraduate, she worked as a fact-checker for The Nation magazine. At UCLA, Alana has been a recipient of the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship Program, the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship Program, and the Institute of American Cultures Grant. Her favorite punctuation mark is, of course, the comma.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Style/Flow
Bio: Andrew is a PhD student in the Sociology department. He studies social movements, urban governance, and land use and environmental policy. Andrew has an MSc in political sociology from the London School of Economics and a BA from McGill University. His professional background includes teaching English in Iksan, South Korea and providing one-on-one tutoring in English Composition. Before attending UCLA, Andrew worked in arts education, where he produced and edited a professional publication. He is the recipient of a Graduate Research Mentorship Award. His favorite punctuation mark—even though his many asides might indicate otherwise—is the period.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Humanities, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, English Language Learners
Bio: Arielle is a PhD candidate in UCLA’s English department. She studies postcolonial literature and human rights. She earned her BA in English from Yale University and was also a Writing Partner at the Yale College Writing Center. After graduating from college, she taught English composition courses at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for two years. She has also been a successful applicant for the Fulbright U.S. student program. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash—and she uses far too many of them in her writing.
Department: Urban Schooling
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Report Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision Strategies
Bio: Brande is a Ph.D. student in Urban Schooling. She is primarily interested in social stratification in schools, disability, and anti-blackness in special education policy. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Brande then spent time traveling across the United States before settling back in her hometown in Southern California. She pursued an M.A. and Ed.S. degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and worked in Long Beach Unified School District as a School Psychologist. There, she learned about psychoeducational report writing, academic writing, and professional writing. She is a recent recipient of the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship award. Her personal interests include meditation, road trippin’, and rock climbing. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period. Period.
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, English Language Learners, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing, Scrivener
Bio: Brandon is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. His research interests include literary theory, multilingualism, and the indigenous language literatures of Latin America. He enjoys working with documents from all fields. As a graduate student, he has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. His favorite punctuation mark is the backslash.
Department: Human Development & Psychology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Cultural Studies, Application Documents, Master's Thesis, Style/Flow, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking
Bio: Carlisa is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Education department where she studies the psychosocial health and development of Black emerging adults in the college environment. She earned her BA in Psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and most recently, her MA in Education at UCLA. She is a two-time awardee of the Graduate Summer Mentorship Fellowship and a recipient of the UC-HBCU Fellowship. Her favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis (it gives the reader the "inside scoop").
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Statistical Reporting, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Caroline is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. After graduating from Yale University with a BS in Psychology, she worked as a clinical research coordinator conducting community mental health research in Philadelphia before moving to LA for graduate school. Currently, her research focuses on identifying neural correlates of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, as well as neural mechanisms of cognitive recovery following intervention. She is a recipient of the NIH National Research Service Award (F31) and the UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, and Faculty Women’s Club Scholarship. Outside of her graduate studies, she enjoys singing, baking, and hiking. Her favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point, which conveys a zest for life!
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Non-Academic Writing, Legal Writing, Professional Writing, Application Documents, Critical Race Theory, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Humanities & Arts, Oral Presentations, Article Manuscript, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing, Master’s Thesis, English Language Learners
Bio: Drew is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. His research focuses on philosophy, critical theory, and literary & film theory. He received his BA in Philosophy and English from UCLA in 2009 before going on to obtain his MA in Humanities (with an emphasis in Continental Philosophy) from the University of Chicago in 2011. Before returning to UCLA, he acquired his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he worked as a tutor and a Senior Supervising Editor for UC Hasting’s Constitutional Law Quarterly. His favorite punctuation mark is the § (‘section sign’) because of the §ylistic §ophistication it lends to the organization of one’s writing.
Department: Political Science
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision and Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Dissertation, Master's Thesis
Bio: Estefania is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Political Science Department, specializing in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, her research primarily focuses on the conceptualization and consequences of violence and border politics. Her dissertation examines how the lives of transborder commuters are impacted by their border crossing experiences and interactions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. She has an M.A. in political science from UCLA, and a B.A. in political science from San Diego State University. Estefania has been a recipient of national fellowships, including the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and the APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She is also a recipient of several internal (UCLA) grants and fellowships, including Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award, the Latin American Institute Tinker Field Research Fellowship, and the Paula Stone Legal Research Fellowship. Outside of research, Estefania enjoys sketching, listening to music, and learning new languages. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Qualitative Methods, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, English Language Learners, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Hannah is a PhD candidate in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology. Her dissertation examines the impact of multilingual communicative practices on rural development work in the Indian Himalayas. Hannah earned her MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and her BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from New York University. As a fellowship consultant for the GWC, Hannah is particularly able to assist students in the humanities and social sciences in crafting proposals for extramural research grants. Hannah has been a recipient of several research fellowships, including: a Fulbright-IIE US Student Program Grant, Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship (awarded/declined), and a U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship (Punjabi). Prior to joining UCLA, she completed a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship and a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Hannah enjoys demystifying the grant-writing process--especially for early-stage grad students--and her favorite punctuation mark is the judiciously-used em dash.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM Manuscripts/Presentations, Style/Flow, Fellowships/Grants, Lab Reports
Bio: Jaime is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. His research concentrates on applying computational methods from the areas of signal processing, machine learning and soft matter physics to different aspects of bacteria biofilm communities and antimicrobial peptides. He earned a B.S. in Bioengineering from UCLA in 2015. At the graduate level, Jaime has been the recipient of the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the University of California Presidential Fellowship. When once in a blue moon there is free time, Jaime enjoys painting and drawing; some of his illustrations have been featured in research journals. His favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis (or is it?).
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Lab Reports, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Style/Flow
Bio: Janine is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry. Her research interests focus on mass spectrometry and proteomics, more specifically microbial proteomics and understanding the role of protein acylation in metabolic regulation. Prior to graduate school, she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA in 2017. Janine is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant. Outside of graduate school, Janine enjoys playing the cello and baking. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Humanities, Oral Presentations, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Bio: Jeanette is a graduate student in the History department specializing in the Atlantic World. Her research interests focus on African Diasporic resistance and popular movements in the Americas. After earning her BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Scripps College, Jeanette has worked as a solidarity activist and journalist across the region for almost a decade accompanying African and Indigenous led grassroots struggles. During her time in Venezuela, she pursued graduate studies at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) in Caracas and worked with the Cátedra Libre África, a research center focused on Afro-Venezuelan history and the country’s relationship to Africa and the Caribbean. One of her favorite punctuation marks is the em dash.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Humanities, Humanities & Arts, Arts, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Bio: Jesslyn Whittell is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in English. She studies poetics, with a split focus on Romanticism and 21st-century texts. Her research interests include the relationship between computer science and literary form (not digital humanities but algorithmic logic, abstraction, statistics, and data). Her recent projects have engaged works by William Blake, Anna Moschovakis, Douglas Kearney, Morgan Parker, and P.B. Shelley. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in English and Computer Science. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash, especially when it’s used to unsettle a poem's formal conceits.
Writing Specialties: Fellowships/Grants, Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Cultural Studies, Decolonial theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies
Bio: Kalani Heinz (she/they) is a Ph.D. candidate in Hawaiian archaeology. Her research combines microecofact and isotope analysis with Native Hawaiian ways of knowing to develop an activist archaeology geared towards decolonizing the discipline and fighting for water rights in Maui. She received her B.A. in Integrative Biology and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a self-designed major combining LGBTQ studies, queer theory, Near Eastern archaeology, and theology, from UC Berkeley. Prior to starting her dissertation, she completed her M.A. thesis at UCLA where she focused on gender and sexuality in Hawaiʻi. She is a Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellow and NSF GRFP recipient. In her free time, she enjoys playing rugby, paddleboarding, and baking. Her favorite punctuation mark is the kahakō (the line above some vowels in Hawaiian) because she is passionate about learning and perpetuating the Hawaiian language. E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi!
Department: Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Writing Specialties: Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision strategies, Style/Flow, Article Manuscripts, Social Sciences
Bio: Kim(they/them) is a PhD student in Chicana/o and Central American Studies. They are a non-traditional student and received their A.A. in Art History at East Los Angeles Community College and transferred to UCLA where they received their B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and minor in African American Studies. They study race, space, and placemaking in Los Angeles and are specifically interested in housing justice movements and how rent burdened Latinas navigate landlord harassment and state violence when undergoing eviction. Kim is also involved in popular education efforts and facilitating support groups that address restorative justice. Kim is a recipient of the Eugene V. Cota Robles fellowship, the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Research Mentorship fellowship and the Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship. Their favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation mark!
Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties: Academic writing, Non-academic writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Fellowships/Grants, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Oral presentations, Writing Process, Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Grammar/mechanics.
Bio: Lika is a PhD student in comparative literature. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality and space/environment in 20 th century and contemporary literature and film, French and Francophone literatures, and notions of space, confinement and movement within French and English-language contexts. Most recently she has written about Albert Camus, space, and gender; national allegory and metonymy; and 20 th century re-imaginings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lika holds B.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English and French literature and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA. In addition to research and teaching, Lika copyedits for an independent press that publishes work on politics, art, and philosophy and volunteers with small nonprofits on their grant writing efforts. Prior to grad. school she worked as a writer in a behavioral psychology lab, in academic administration and in continuing education. Her favorite punctuation = the ( ) and the …
Bio: Marilyn Gray is the director of the UCLA Graduate Writing Center. She has a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Her dissertation examines Mikhail Bakhtin’s thought and narrative theory from the perspective of Russian theological anthropology. After completing her BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University, she lived and worked in Moscow for four years. During her graduate work at UCLA, she worked for the Center for Digital Humanities assisting faculty with instructional technology and taught Russian language and English composition. She is a big fan of the em-dash and semi-colon when used judiciously.
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Writing Specialties: Fellowships/Grants, STEM, Academic Writing, Application Documents, Quantitative Methods, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing, Lab Reports, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking
Bio: McKenna is a third-year PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering. Her research focuses on developing novel software to improve the performance and lifetime of electrospray thrusters for spacecraft propulsion purposes. Prior to pursuing her PhD, McKenna graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Mathematics and a minor in Business. While an undergraduate student, she participated in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics study abroad program and performed research on gravitational waves at the University of Birmingham, U.K. McKenna is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. She has also been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Goldwater Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant, and a Woman in Engineering award.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Oral Presentations, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, Statistical Reporting, Style/Flow, Grammar/Mechanics, English Language Learners, Master's Thesis
Bio: Michelle is a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology. After earning a BA in Psychology and an MA in French from the University of Notre Dame, she spent a year in France teaching English to students at the University of Rennes 2. At UCLA, her research examines factors that affect children's word and category learning. Michelle is a recipient of UCLA's Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, and Graduate Research Mentorship. She has also received various travel awards and honorable mentions from the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Her favorite punctuation marks are the parentheses (which allow her to give a little extra information).
Department: Computational Medicine - Biomathematics
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Writing Process, Revision, Editing
Bio: Paheli is a PhD student in Biomathematics with a focus on mathematical modeling in neuroscience. She earned her BS from UC San Diego in Mathematics/Applied Science, with a concentration in chemistry. In undergrad, she worked in a theoretical physics research group studying neuronal network modeling. At UCLA, she received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund her work using tools from calculus, physics, and image data analysis to understand the relationship between nerve cell structure and function. Outside of research, she loves writing, drawing, and painting. Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon; it creates space for development before the end.
Department: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Lab Reports, Public Speaking, Articles/Manuscripts
Bio: Rob (they/he) is a Biogeochemistry PhD candidate in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. Their research aims to understand how organisms make their hard parts––think shells and bones! Rob earned BS's in Chemistry and Geosciences from Virginia Tech in 2017. As a graduate student, he holds fellowships through the National Science Foundation and the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science. As a writer, Rob enjoys working as a consultant at the Graduate Writing Center and writing scripts for a popular science education YouTube channel. Rob's advocacy work focuses on community-building to mitigate isolation and cultivate resilience. They are a Co-Founder of Queer & Trans in STEM at UCLA, a member of the International LGBTQ+ in STEM Day Collective, and a Co-Director of Reclaiming STEM. In 2019, Rob received the UCLA Curtis Shepard LGBT Leadership award for their leadership and outreach to the LGBTQ+ community at UCLA and abroad, and they've been invited to speak on popular podcasts including Talk Nerdy and ExoLore, and at meetings such as the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the California Academy of Sciences.
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Social Sciences, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Critical Race Theory, Qualitative Methods, Revision Strategies, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis, Writing Process
Bio: Zach is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Anthropology, specializing in sociocultural anthropology. His dissertation project explores the independence of South Sudan, the newest country in the world, as an opportunity to think about political independence in the 21st century Pan-Africanism, and racial formation in Africa. His project has taken shape over multiple years of studying, teaching, and living in North/East Africa and the Middle East. This has also included language study, largely of Arabic, in addition to KiSwahili and Amharic. As a graduate student at UCLA, he has received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG), the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN) Fellowship, the GRM, and the GSRM. Prior to starting at UCLA, he worked for many years as a rowing coach in Philadelphia, PA. Zach graduated from Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in Anthropology. His “favorite” punctuation mark is the pair of quotation marks.
Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Statistical reporting, Lab Reports
Bio: Zoe is a PhD student in the AOS department researching vegetation remote sensing. More specifically, she uses ground-based and satellite measurements to understand plant productivity and carbon uptake in a changing climate. Zoe received her BA in Physics with an Environmental Science concentration and a Chemistry minor from Colorado College. Her undergraduate research was in solar and space physics where she focused on understanding the hydrogen concentration of the exosphere. Zoe is a recipient of UCLA’s Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), and the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship. In her free time, Zoe enjoys snuggling with her cat Nova, doing yoga, and running around outside. Her favorite punctuation is the tilde because it can formally tell you the experiment takes approximately 30 minutes to run (~30min) or it can just convey a ~~~vibe~~~. Zoe also loves the exclamation point, but she has a tendency to use it too much when writing emails!!
Drop-In Hours for Fellowships and Grants
The GWC will be holding remote drop-in consultations for fellowship applications during the spring quarter. Drop-in consultations will take place: Mondays 3 - 5 pm, Tuesdays 3 - 5 pm, and Thursdays 6 - 8 pm.
To receive the zoom information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about fellowship drop-ins visit: https://gwc.gsrc.ucla.edu/fellowship-drop-in
Activating Your Handshake Account
Every UCLA student already has a Handshake account. To activate your account, go to ucla.joinhandshake.com and click the blue button labeled “University of California, Los Angeles Sign On”.
From there, you'll be taken to the UCLA Sign-in page, where you should enter your UCLA Login ID and password.
If you are signing in to Handshake for the first time, you'll be prompted to activate your account. At this screen, you will also be able to choose whether you'd like your Handshake profile to be public.
Note that you do not need to make your profile public in order to make an appointment at the Graduate Writing Center.
Once you activate, you'll be prompted to fill out your profile. If your profile is empty, you may see a message like this:
Again, this step is not necessary in order to make an appointment. You can simply close the window and go directly to the appointment system. (You can always modify your profile at a later date if you'd like.)
For additional help, visit the Handshake Help Center.
Using Handshake to Make a Graduate Writing Center Appointment
Once you are logged in to Handshake, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the page. In that menu, you will see an “Appointments” option. Click that to make an appointment with a Graduate Writing Consultant. (You can also make appointments here with Career Center staff.)
You'll then be taken to the Appointments page, which will have a link to make a new appointment, as well as show any upcoming and previous appointments.
If you click the "Schedule a New Appointment" link, you'll be taken to a screen where you will choose the type of appointment you would like. Because Handshake is also used by the Career Center, you may see additional options, such as career advising appointments. To make a writing appointment, however, click on "Graduate Writing Appointments."
Once you select the type of appointment, you'll be taken to a screen showing the dates and times available. Choose your preferred date, and then click on the appointment you'd like to take.
After signing up for your appointment, you will be asked to respond to some questions about yourself and your project. You will also be asked to specify your preferred appointment medium (Face-to-Face or Skype). If you choose a Skype appointment, please see our Skype instructions here. Please remember to bring two copies of your project to the appointment (or, if meeting remotely, e-mail the file to email@example.com.)
Remote Appointments via Skype. When coming to campus is not feasible, graduate students may choose the option of doing a Skype appointment. Some consultants only have the Skype option because they are working remotely. Right now all appointments are conducted via Skype because of COVID-19.
For Skype appointments, please use the instructions below:
- Install the free Skype software on your computer if it is not already installed. Follow the instructions to create a username and password. Perform a test call to make sure your sound functions. We use Skype audio (not video) during the 50-minute appointment.
- Login to Skype.
- Communicate with the Skype account uclagwc if your appointment starts on the hour ;
use uclagwc2 if your appointment starts on the half hour .
- Send your paper via Skype chat to the appropriate account at the start of the appointment.
- Have a copy of your writing project in front of you.
- Your consultant will call you at the scheduled time.
- We expect that you will be available to discuss your paper and give your full attention to the appointment during the scheduled time.
- If you are having trouble installing the Skype application, the consultant may be able to initiate a web-based Skype session with you. Please contact our email if that is your situation ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
- As a back-up form of communication, you may send your paper in an email to email@example.com with three components: 1) put "Skype appointment" and the appointment time in the subject line; 2) attach the writing project that you want to discuss to the email; 3) tell us your Skype username in the body of the email (you should also enter your Skype name in Handshake when you register). Please keep in mind that the consultant will not review your writing project until the start of the appointment.
Please email the GWC if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduling and Cancellation Policies
Scheduling and cancellation policies: You may schedule one appointment per week (Monday - Friday) in advance. If you must cancel your appointment, please do so by midnight the night before your appointment date. Late cancellations and no-shows will be penalized. There are no exceptions to this policy unless the student can provide valid documentation (e.g., a doctor's note) within 48 hours of the missed appointment.