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Meet the Fellows

Writing fellows are a select group of graduate students recommended by their departments for their demonstrated mastery of writing in their disciplines and their aptitude for peer review. In ongoing training with the GSWC Director, fellows develop an understanding of writing in the disciplines, theories of tutoring, and working with international graduate students, among other topics.

Learn more about the work our fellows do in this feature article, "Meet the Writing Center Fellows."

Director: Linda Macri

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Thomas McCloskey

Sam Allen (Public Health)  Hannah Jardine (Education) Heather Pribut (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science)
Karen Boyd (iSchool)

Clark J. Lee (Public Health)

Upamanyu Ray (Engineering)
Kelsey Dutta (Engineering)

Jenny Lee, Ph.D. (Public Health)

Jordan Slavik (History)
Nabila Hijazi (English)

Briana O'Neal (Education)

Alessandra Zimmerman (Biochemistry)
Will Howell (Communication)

K. Sarah Ostrach (iSchool)

 
Fiona Jardine (iSchool)

Aaron Ostrander (Physics)

 


Linda Macri, Ph.D. (Director)

Linda Macri Picture Edited

Dr. Macri is the Director of Academic and Professional Development in the Graduate School and has directed the Graduate School Writing Center since 2014. From 2005-2013, she served as the director of the Academic Writing Program in the English Department. Her interests are in composition studies and rhetorical theory, graphic novels and comic studies, and women’s literature. She has taught a range of courses from "English 101" to "Writing for Non-Profits" to "The Rhetoric of Fiction." A native New Yorker, she lives in Washington, DC, with her three girls, all of whom excel at argumentation.

 

Sam Allen (Public Health)

Sam Allen

Though known primarily for his appearance on The Price is Right, Sam is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Science. He holds a clinical masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy from The University of Maryland, wherein his master's thesis explored the emotional wellbeing of mothers of transgender and gender nonconforming children. Sam's research interests broadly include queer families, racial minority families, and the intersection of the two. Outside of school, Sam works part-time in a private practice as a licensed couple and family therapist, and enjoys teaching yoga classes throughout the DC metro area. In his spare time, Sam enjoys utilizing his experience in culinary school to cook for himself and loved ones, watching documentaries, and making people laugh.

Karen Boyd (iSchool)

Karen Boyd

Karen studies values and ethics in design and organizations as a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies, and has a particular interest in research methods. She holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UCSD and few years of experience in marketing and start-up consulting. She's taught classes and tutored students from 16 to 50 years old in various high-stakes exams and essays for over 3 years, and especially enjoys helping students find their voice in a new language. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, craft beer, painting, and 50 or so of the best podcasts known to humanity.

 

Kelsey Dutta (Engineering)

Kelsey is a doctoral student in Electrical Engineering with undergraduate degrees in EE and Physiology and Biology from the University of Connecticut. She studies auditory neuroscience, or how the brain processes sounds, using a combination of experimental and computational approaches.

Nabila Hijazi (English)

Nabila Hijazi

Nabila is a doctoral student majoring in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. She teaches for the English and Journalism departments. She has been teaching classes in academic writing, writing center theory and practice, and grammar. Twice, she won first place in the "Graduate Research Interaction Day," under the category, "Exploring Identities and Their Expressions." Prior to joining the Graduate School Writing Center, she served as one of the assistant directors for the Undergraduate Writing Center. She continues her research in second language writing and intercultural communication while promoting bilingual education and heritage language maintenance.

Will Howell (Communication)

Will Howell

William Howell graduated from Macalester College in 2008 with a BA in political science. Since 2008, he has spearheaded outreach and engagement efforts for political campaigns and advocacy efforts in Minnesota and Oregon. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication with a focus on rhetoric and political culture; he seeks to understand how entertainment sources impact US citizens’ political participation, political identity, and perceptions of political issues and actors.

Fiona Jardine (iSchool)

Fiona Jardine

Fiona Jardine is a PhD candidate at the College of Information Studies (the iSchool) where she is conducting pioneering research into the experiences of those who exclusively pump human milk; follow along with her findings here: bit.ly/EPresearch. Fiona is also an Advanced Lactation Consultant and a postpartum doula so that she can provide the support that she believes is so desperately needed, especially in the fourth trimester. Find out more about Fiona on her website.

Hannah Jardine (Education)

Hannah Jardine

Hannah Jardine is a doctoral student in Teaching and Learning Policy and Leadership in the College of Education, specializing in Science Education. She holds a BS in Biochemistry and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Maryland. Before graduate school, Hannah taught high school chemistry for three years. At UMD, she has taught pre-service teacher education courses, supervised student teachers, and worked as the graduate assistant for the Integrated Life Sciences living-learning program. Currently, she works at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, supporting instructor development through learning communities, workshops, and consultations. Hannah is interested in the development and assessment of student-centered instruction in undergraduate courses, particularly peer instruction and collaborative learning groups. Her research examines the role of undergraduate teaching and learning assistants in supporting course reform and enhancing formative assessment.

Clark J. Lee (Public Health)

Clark Lee

Clark is a part-time doctoral student in Behavioral and Community Health.  Outside of school, Clark works full-time as a Senior Law and Policy Analyst (Research Associate) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Health and Homeland Security and consults in the area of public health emergency preparedness and response. A lawyer and public health professional by training, Clark focuses his interests on the use of legal and policy tools to address public health and safety issues.  Clark is a former Notes and Comments editor for the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy and is currently a reviewer for the journals Public Health Reports and Neuroethics.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Jenny Lee, Ph.D. (Public Health)

Jenny Lee

Jenny is a Master of Public Health candidate in the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to coming to UMD, she earned a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, studying phytoplankton biology. Jenny has written feature articles, journal articles, research proposals, and technical reports. She also worked for six years as an editor of technical material in the fields of medical science and policy, chemistry, and environmental science and policy. Her husband and two children are all current or former Terps, and she is happy to continue in the family tradition. She has a life-long love of folk music, and sings with a Balkan women’s choir.

Thomas McCloskey (Postdoctoral Researcher, Communication)

Thomas McCloskey

Thomas earned his PhD in communication with an emphasis in rhetoric and political culture from Maryland in 2017. He received his MA from California State University Long Beach in 2011 following his time teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2008. His research focuses on the rhetoric of Russian nationalism and identity construction as seen through social movements in the former Soviet Union.

Briana O'Neal (Education)

Briana O'Neal

Briana is a doctoral student in the College of Education. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social & Economic Justice from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works full-time as a program coordinator in the Clark School of Engineering. Her research interests include underrepresented students in STEM, transfer pathways, and minority serving institutions. Briana fills her free time with live music, old movies and travelling. On any given weekend you can find her sitting crisscross applesauce with a good book or putting miles on her car with the windows down.

K. Sarah Ostrach

K. Sarah Ostrach

K. Sarah Ostrach is a Master of Library & Information Science candidate within the School of Information Studies (iSchool). She is particularly interested in academic librarianship, supporting linguistically diverse students, and the arts (including visual and material culture, history of art and design, and visual literacy). K. Sarah has completed undergraduate and graduate studies in art history with a particular emphasis on Chinese ceramics. She also has a background in Spanish literature. Prior to beginning her studies at University of Maryland, K. Sarah was an instructor in various academic settings. She has experience teaching digital literacy and survival English for adult immigrants in Washington D.C. as well as academic writing, oral English, and art appreciation for undergraduate and graduate students at a top Chinese university. She has also served as a freelance editor and proofreader for two Chinese publishing houses and individual clients. K. Sarah is always excited to read others' writing; while she helps others express themselves fluently and engagingly, she learns new things! When taking a break from academic rigors, she plays clarinet in a symphonic band downtown, snuggles cute animals, and practices yoga.

Aaron Ostrander (Physics)

Aaron Ostrander

Aaron is a doctoral student in physics with a BS in physics and math from Berry College. He has done research in math and theoretical physics at the University of Texas at Tyler, Indiana University, the University of Glasgow, and now Maryland. He works in quantum algorithms and complexity theory at the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. When he isn't contemplating the computational power of the universe, he can often be found reading philosophy, fiction, comics, or Spanish literature.

Heather Pribut (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science)

Heather PributHeather is a doctoral student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program, working with Dr. Matthew Roesch. Before coming to UMD, she earned her BA in Psychology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and was a research assistant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. Her research seeks to understand what parts of the brain are involved in choice and decision-making, and how the functions of these brain regions are affected by psychiatric conditions, aging, and drug addiction. Outside of school, Heather enjoys watching horror movies, reading comics, and drawing.

Upamanyu Ray (Engineering)

Upamanyu RayUpamanyu is a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering with his research focused primarily on multi-scale mechanistic simulations of cellulose. His research is very interdisciplinary and broadly falls in the interface of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Besides, he also has training in experimental techniques like Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, tensile tests and ballistic tests. Before starting his Ph.D., Upamanyu received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Throughout his graduate career, he has been a TA and lab instructor for various courses like Engineering Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Upamanyu enjoys collaboration and has already published in journals like Chemical Physics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Small Methods and Nature. When not doing research, Upamanyu enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts and playing squash at ERC.

Jordan Slavik (History)

Jordan SlavikJordan is a doctoral candidate and instructor in history with bachelor degrees in history and theology from Saint Louis University. His dissertation focuses on deception and decline in the ancient world through the writing of the Greek historian Polybius. Jordan's research interests also include interdisciplinary approaches to bridge STEM and the humanities in the classroom as well as understanding the historical past through video games. Off campus, he can be found writing fiction, playing and developing board games, and spending quality time with his wife and ten-month-old daughter. 

Alessandra Zimmerman

Alessandra Zimmerman (Biochemistry)

Alessandra is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry, working on developing point-of-care medical diagnostic devices for use in low resource settings in collaboration with a Bioengineering lab. She received her BS in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, working on DNA nanostructures research all four years. She is now the president of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering's University of Maryland Chapter and sits on the national board as the vice president of outreach. She is also a teaching assistant for the Chemistry department and hopes to one day have a career in science policy.

Contact Information

Graduate School Writing Center

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-9871
 
Fall / Spring Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-3:00pm
Fall / Spring Write-In Hours: Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm, McKeldin 4123 
 

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