Meet our Graduate Writing Consultants

Chad V. 

 I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Science Studies currently working on my dissertation. My research interests include the history of the human sciences, the current influence of the behavioral sciences on health policy, and political activism around science and the arts. My writing experience includes writing research articles, grant proposals, lectures, powerpoint presentations, blog posts, zine articles, podcasts, and poetry. With my experience in writing, years of teaching writing, and interdisciplinary research background, I am confident that I can assist anyone who comes into the Writing Hub.

Haley M.

I’m a PhD candidate in the Sociology department. My areas of interest include science, knowledge, and technology; social movements; and environmental sociology. My research focuses on the political and scientific processes of determine and declaring drought in California. As a reader and a writer, I am deeply interested in understanding the narrative and the argument a writer makes through their work. As a consultant, I look forward to having conversations with graduate students who are all trying to tell a unique story and helping them craft it in a clear, strong way that demonstrates their perspective.

Lindsay D.

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. I study the meanings of work for young professionals in the ‘new economy.’ In particular, I analyze how individuals experience and manage precarity and work-passion. I am spending this year writing my dissertation, so we can be writing buddies! I have experience writing social science grant applications, teaching statements, diversity statements, website content, field exams, seminar papers, and academic articles. I am committed to clarity of expression and LOVE when working through an (often clumsy) idea culminates in a beautifully crafted and clear sentence. I ardently believe that good writing takes time, but it’s worth the effort. I look forward to helping you articulate your intentions and to convey what you mean to in your writing.

Matt W.

I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History and an international student (I am British). I research the history of the book in modern China, combining techniques from social history with analytical bibliography. My writing has improved significantly during my graduate school experience, and along the way I have picked-up lots of useful tips for improving writing. As I write my dissertation chapters, I continue to work on improving the readability of my prose. In my spare time, I watch British detective drama, play board games, and read books on a variety of subjects to broaden my knowledge. Before graduate school, I studied for two years at Peking University, Beijing. I am proficient in Mandarin and am therefore happy to speak Chinese in appointments while working on English-language writing.

Richard G. 

I’m currently a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Cognitive Science, and my Bachelor’s degree is in Biomedical Engineering. My research focus is in computational and cognitive neuroscience, mostly on simulation and analysis of oscillatory and other types of neural population activity, and I sometimes dabble in mining other types of data. I’ve written (and edited) a fair share of academic documents during my time in graduate school, including manuscripts, grants, and class papers. Outside of class, I keep a personal blog on computation, cognition, and philosophy of neuroscience, as well as broader science-related things and musings in life. In general, writing things down in my notebook is a huge part of my thinking process in refining ideas and self-reflection.

What I enjoy the most when talking to other writers is transforming vague ideas into concrete and concise sentences on paper, while crafting a tight story from problem to solution. Typically, this means creating an explict linear outline that realizes a series of nonlinear thoughts. This can be the motivation behind a proposed research study, the discussion and interpretation of experimental results, or anything in between. It’s really satisfying to explicitly verbalize the problem space and then explore ideas to fill that gap. I also really enjoy finding just the right word to describe a situation or feeling in a clear and precise way.

Tammy T.

I am a 5th-year PhD candidate in the Neurosciences Graduate Program and previously studied both art history and neuroscience as part of my undergraduate degree. In my current research, I use signal processing and machine learning techniques to uncover neural activity patterns predictive of successful memory formation, and I also have previous research experience in a translational molecular biology lab. I enjoy reading and providing feedback on writing from any and all academic disciplines, and my experience includes writing and/or providing feedback on research articles, grant proposals, fellowship applications, statements of purpose, and teaching and diversity statements.