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UCLA Graduate Writing Center

We encourage you to make an appointment with the writing consultant in the academic area most similar to yours, so please review the consultant bios listed below. 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 their bios for more information.

Abraham

Department: English
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
Pronouns: he/him
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!

Adriana

Department: Psychology
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
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Aidan

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Writing Specialities:
Academic Writing, Application Documents, Article Manuscripts, Fellowships/Grants, Lab Reports, Quantitative Methods, STEM, Style/Flow, Writing Process
Pronouns: he/him
Bio: Aidan is a PhD student studying evolutionary developmental biology. His research focuses on the rules that govern how variation develops in animals. Aidan earned a BSc in Biology from McGill University, where he studied developmental biology and paleontology. As a graduate student, he has received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). Aidan’s ~favorite~ punctuation mark is the tilde, for its ability to add ~special emphasis~ with its squiggly arms.

Alana

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
Pronouns: she/her
Bio: Alana is a PhD candidate in the César E Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies. 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 to her training in Chicana/o Studies, Alana holds UCLA graduate certificates in American Indian Studies and Writing Pedagogy. Alana is also a poet whose poetry has been published in Huizache, Duende, The Acentos Review, Kweli Journal, and The Florida Review’s 2018 Latinx special feature issue, among others. Alana is an alum of Hampshire College where she studied Latina/o Studies, creative writing, journalism, and U.S. immigration history. At UCLA, Alana has been a recipient of the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the IUPRL/Mellon Fellowship, the Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship Program, the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship Program, the Gold Shield Alumni Scholarship, and grants from the Institute of American Cultures. Her favorite punctuation mark is, of course, the comma.

Amelia

Department: Comparative Literature
Writing Specialties:English Language Learners, Academic Writing, Application Documents, Humanities & Arts, Cultural Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis
Pronouns: she/her
Bio:Amelia is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include Memory Studies, Turkish literature and culture, Latin American literature and culture, and interdisciplinary approaches to literary study. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she studied critical theory and Turkish and Arabic literatures (in translation!). Before attending UCLA, Amelia worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor for university students and adult learners in Japan, Turkey, and Colorado. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash, because it can get her out of punctuation pickles and because it adds a little extra drama to her writing.

Andrew

Department: Sociology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Writing Process, Style/Flow
Pronouns: he/him
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.

Brande

Department: Urban Schooling
Writing Specialties:
Academic Writing, Application Documents, Professional Writing, Report Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Oral Presentations, Writing Process, Revision Strategies
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Brandon

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
Pronouns: he/him
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.

Caroline

Department: Psychology
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
Pronouns: she/her
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!

Drew

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
Pronouns: he/him
Bio: Drew is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. His research focuses on philosophy, critical theory, literary & film theory, and digital media studies. 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. He currently serves on the editorial board for Press Start, an academic journal of video games studies. His favorite punctuation mark is the § (‘section sign’) because of the §ylistic §ophistication it lends to the organization of one’s writing."

Ebony

Department: Gender Studies
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, Writing Process, Humanities, Qualitative Methods, Style/Flow, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Black Studies.
Pronouns: they/them, she/her
Bio: Ebony is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Gender Studies. Their research is concerned with technologies of gender, and broadly includes interests in Black feminisms, fat studies, leisure studies, performance studies, disability studies, and Black studies. They received their BA in Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon in 2012 before obtaining their MA in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University in 2018. At UCLA, Ebony is a recipient of the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship Program and is a Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellow. Outside of graduate school, Ebony enjoys experimenting with art and fashion. Her favorite punctuation mark is the colon.

Estefania

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
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Jaime

Department: Bioengineering
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM Manuscripts/Presentations, Style/Flow, Fellowships/Grants, Lab Reports
Pronouns: he/him
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?).

Jackie

Department: World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Writing Specialties:Humanities & Arts, Academic Writing, Fellowships/Grants, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, Non-academic Writing, Writing Process, Style/Flow, Application Documents, Oral presentations, Revision Strategies
Pronouns: she/her
Bio:Jackie is a Ph.D. candidate in the World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Her research focuses on avant-garde German/Jewish modern dancer Valeska Gert (1892-1978), her performance spaces both in Germany and the United States, and the forms of sociality (and non-sociality) that she cultivated through her artistic practices. Overall, Jackie’s research evaluates dance and the production of subversive body politics. Jackie has received extramural awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Leo Baeck Institute, and the University for Music and Dance Cologne. She was also awarded intramural fellowships from UCLA's Graduate Division (GSRM and Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award), the Center for the Study of Women, the Center for European and Russian Studies, Leve Center, and Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Jackie had a previous life as an experimental filmmaker and visual artist. Her work has been screened internationally and she has published a number of artist books. Jackie holds B.A. degrees in Dance and History as well as an M.A. in Culture and Performance. Her favorite punctuation mark is the period because she values momentary completion.

Janine

Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Application Documents, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Lab Reports, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Style/Flow
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Jeanette

Department: History
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
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Jessie

Department: Anthropology
Writing Specialties:Academic Writing, Editing/Revision Strategies, Application Documents, Social Sciences, Humanities/Arts, Fellowships/Grants, Article Manuscripts, Oral Presentations, Critical Race Theory, Qualitative Methods, Style/Flow, Master’s Thesis, Writing Process
Pronouns: she/her
Bio: Jessie is a Ph.D. student in the department of Anthropology, specializing in sociocultural anthropology. Her research focuses on historic entanglements between Black and Jewish communities in North Africa. Specifically, she examines how different elements within the archival landscape in Morocco resist and construct notions of difference between Black and Jewish Moroccans. She holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies as well as Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish) from the University of Michigan in addition to a M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA. Jessie has worked (and aspires to continue working) in the publishing industry as a content and copy editor as well as a translator (Arabic, North African Judeo-Arabic, French, and Spanish.) Jessie has received a Fulbright Student Researcher grant, an Andrew Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the GRM, and the GSRM. Parentheses are her favorite punctuation mark(s) because they are so versatile (and look like a whisper on the page!)

Jesslyn

Department: English
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
Pronouns: she/her
Bio: Jesslyn 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.

Kalani

Department: Archaeology
Writing Specialties:
Fellowships/Grants, Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Cultural Studies, Decolonial theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies
Pronouns: she/her, they/them
Bio: Kalani 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!

Kimberly

Department: Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Writing Specialties:
Academic Writing, Critical Race Theory, Writing Process, Revision strategies, Style/flow, Article Manuscripts, Social Sciences
Pronouns: they/them
Bio: Kim 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!.

Lika

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.
Pronouns: she/her
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 …

Marilyn

Pronouns: she/her
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.

McKenna

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, Post-Graduate Opportunities
Pronouns: she/her
Bio: McKenna is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering. She develops novel software to improve the performance and lifetime of electrospray thrusters for spacecraft propulsion in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and multiple Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRLs). 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. McKenna is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow and has also been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Goldwater Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant, and a Woman in Engineering award. She has authored journal and conference publications and presented her research internationally.

Mercedes

Department: Anthropology
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Social Sciences, Qualitative Methods, Narrative Writing, Application Documents, Scrivener, Master's Thesis, English Language Learners
Pronouns: she/her
Bio: Mercedes is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. She studies linguistic anthropology with emphasis on the discourse of corporate responsibility, legal policy, and the sharing economy. Her current research explores issues of personhood (both human and corporate) and distributed cognition in the context of collaborative workplace interactions. In prior research, she examined participatory governance structures and public-private partnerships in Honduras as well as doctor-patient interactions in a community health clinic in Arizona. Mercedes has BA degrees in journalism and Spanish, and MA degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and linguistic anthropology. She has taught K-12 Spanish, and college-level ESL and Freshman Composition in addition to courses for undergraduate students in anthropology. Her favorite punctuation mark is the comma because it draws attention to contingency and relationships of subordination.

Michael

Department: Political Science
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, Professional Writing , Humanities, Social Sciences, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision, Editing, Grammar/Mechanics, Style/ flow, English Language Learners, Master’s Thesis, Creative Writing, Narrative Writing
Pronouns: he/him
Bio: Michael is a PhD student in political science focusing on political theory. His circuitous academic career has led him to get degrees in English, Philosophy, Education and Gender Studies. He has been tutoring writing since college and enjoys the challenge of reading across disciplines. Beside his academic work, he is a sporadic book reviewer and writer for publications such as Jewish Currents and Public Books. His favorite punctuation mark is the em-dash because of its variety of uses and because it makes long sentences readable.

Michelle

Department: Psychology
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
Pronouns: she/her
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).

Paheli

Department: Computational Medicine - Biomathematics
Writing Specialties:
Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Writing Process, Revision, Editing
Pronouns: she/her
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.

Rob

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
Pronouns: they/them, he/him
Bio: Rob Ulrich is a Biogeochemistry Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences who researches how living things make their hard parts. More specifically, they are interested in developing and using novel geochemical tracers (e.g., trace elements, “clumped” isotopes) to identify the biomineralization strategies. Beyond graduate school, Rob is also the Associate Director of the Reclaiming STEM Institute, which is hub of inclusive science communication and science policy research and trainings, a Co-Founder of Queer & Trans in STEM (fka Queers in STEM), and a writer. For their research and advocacy, Rob currently holds fellowships with the National Science Foundation and the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, and they have been invited to speak on the popular podcasts, including Ologies, Talk Nerdy, ExoLore, and at meetings for the American Geophysical Union, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, the Geologic Society of America, the California Academy of Sciences, and the New York Academy of Sciences. To avoid answering the question “What do you want to do after your Ph.D.?”, they hide in their apartment and cook and bake, or outside by hiking and going to the beach. The em-dash is their favorite punctuation.

Tony

Department: English
Writing Specialties:
Academic Writing, Non-academic writing, Humanities & Arts, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Writing Process, Revision Strategies, Editing Strategies, Style/Flow, Grammar/Mechanics, Creative Writing
Pronouns: they/them, he/him
Bio: Tony is a 5th year Ph.D student in English who uses both they/them and he/him pronouns. He writes about contemporary comics in terms of labor, race, and disability, and he is especially interested in writing criticism for a public audience. He's a managing editor for the literary journal Nat. Brut, where he was previously a fiction editor. His favorite punctuation mark is the slash, because it's useful for indecisive writers in a hurry.

Zach

Department: Anthropology
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
Pronouns: he/him
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.

Zoe

Department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Writing Specialties: Academic Writing, STEM, Fellowships/Grants, Application Documents, Oral Presentations, Public Speaking, Quantitative Methods, Statistical reporting, Lab Reports
Pronouns: she/her
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!!