The Graduate Writing Center is coordinated by Nancy Welch, Professor of English, and staffed by graduate writing consultants.  Our consultants are experienced graduate student writers, hailing from Biology, Computer Science, Counseling, Higher Education, and Natural Resources.  You can read more about each of them below.

Ana Baustin


I am a master’s student in Communication Sciences and Disorders learning about speech, language, and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan. Previously, I have worked as a bilingual literacy tutor and ran a teen leadership development program in sunny Austin, Texas. I’m originally from western Massachusetts and hold a B.A. from Tufts University in Child Study and Human Development with a minor in Communication and Media Studies. Outside of classes I love to ride my bike, crochet, and go to concerts! Special interests: cover letters & resumes, APA style, writing clearly and concisely.

Mckenzie Bergan


I am a masters student in the English department with a focus on the Victorian Gothic and its intersection with feminist theory and the spectral or ghostly. I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Michael's College in English and Theatre and spent two years out of school doing various jobs including waitressing and teaching fourth grade. Outside of reading and writing, my hobbies include hanging out with my dog, Scout, playing music, and doing embroidery (badly). Special interests: APA and MLA formatting, abstract proposals, and honing an individual writer's voice.

Jessica Cole

I am a PhD student in the Biology department. My research interests vary from plant-animal interactions to pollinator health and conservation. My current research looks at trade-offs affecting pollinators because of the recent crisis. Before coming to UVM, I did my undergrad in Mississippi at Ole Miss. I graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Professional Writing and participated in various ecological research projects. In my free time, I am either catching bees for field work, trying to read, or watching TV. Special interests: science writing, academic writing in biology and ecology.

Diana Hackenburg

Diana Hackenburg kayaking

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources where I study the intersection of cultural ecosystem services, communication, and community action. Previously, I worked as a science writer and editor at North Carolina Sea Grant and as a communications and project manager with land conservation nonprofits. I have dual Master's in Public Affairs and Environmental Science from Indiana University-Bloomington, where I also learned to bird and discovered a passion for cooking and baking. Special interests: science writing, grants and applications, theses/dissertations.

Crystal Hutchinson


I am a master’s student in the Counseling program, on the Clinical Mental Health track. Before coming to UVM I lived in Toronto, Canada, where I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. I graduated with a BSc, double majoring in Human Biology and Mental Health Studies, and minoring in French. After graduation, I volunteered in a research lab focusing on sleep medicine and children. There, I helped complete published abstracts, poster presentations and a published paper. My hobbies include baking, bullet journaling and listening to podcasts. Special interests: natural and social science writing, APA and MLA formatting, and editing.

Clare Knowlton


I'm a master's student in Food Systems here at UVM. I have a BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College (CT), and following graduation in 2017 I spent 3 years teaching life sciences at a boarding school specializing in learning differences. My academic interests center around building experiential, inclusive science curriculum for high school students. Outside of classes, I enjoy running, skiing, knitting blankets, reading cookbooks, and listening to podcasts! Special interests include science literacy/communication and transdisciplinary research.

River Parker


I am pursuing my Masters of Social Work at UVM, with an interest in reintegration for formerly incarcerated individuals, gender awareness education and literacy, and clinical counseling. I received my BA in English with a minor in Classics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Prior to attending UVM, I wrote and edited articles in a variety of settings, developed web and print content for non-profits, gardened, and worked in a community with adults with developmental disabilities. When I'm not working or in school, I enjoy reading novels, taking long walks, learning languages, and cooking fancy meals with my partner. Special interests: social science research and writing, creative writing, editing for grammar and style, and APA/MLA formatting.

Chantel Vereen


I’m an M.Ed. student in the UVM Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. I’m originally from Long Island, New York. I hold a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania in Professional Writing with a minor in Creative Writing. As an undergraduate, I was also a writing tutor! I’m an avid reader of racial justice, true crime, psychological thriller and young adult fiction. I love to cook, and I also run a small local business where I sell my handlettering artwork. When I’m not in class, I normally dedicate time to writing poetry and personal essays. Special interests: scholarly narrative, creative writing, resume writing, editing for grammar and style, applications.

Jo Wilson


I (they/them) am a second-year M.Ed candidate pursuing a degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA). I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Psychology. As an undergraduate, I worked with my university’s Music Library and Sound Recording Archives. I also worked as a research assistant for my psychology department and passionately worked with LGBTQ+ students. I’m always trying to read more LGBTQ+ research and news, poetry, and writing about education and politics/social movements. I love nice walks around town/the waterfront, hanging out with cats, and watching new shows in my free time. When I’m not in class, I normally dedicate time to writing poetry and personal essays. Special interests: scholarly narrative, creative writing, APA/MLA Style, qualitative & quantitative research papers.

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