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Director: Madeleine Picciotto

Madeleine

Dr. Picciotto received an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her publications include Critical Thinking (a textbook for first-year university students). She has been active in writing center administration since 1988, and has taught at a variety of institutions including Spelman College, UCLA, and the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Picciotto joined the UCSD faculty in 2000, and became Director of the UCSD Writing Center in 2012.

Administrative Coordinator: Jenny Haden

Jenny

Jenny is a graduate of UC San Diego, where she majored in Literatures in English and worked for three years as a peer writing mentor. Jenny has delivered presentations about her writing center work at regional and national conferences, and has recently had an article on the role of conversation in writing tutorials published in Tutors: A Multiliteracy Journal.

Assistants to the Director: Sarah Kowalski & Nichole Nomura

SarahNichole

Sarah and Nichole are both seniors at UC San Diego. Sarah is majoring in Anthropology, with minors in Education Studies and Political Science; Nichole has a double major in Literatures in English and Literature/Writing. Both are experienced Writing Center peer mentors and group facilitators. They have given conference presentations and are engaged in ongoing research projects drawing on their writing center work.

Office Assistants:

Anna Alvarado Dustin Crystal Katie Hutchins Anthony Lehr
Reetu Sandhu Dyllan Thweatt Marianne Zape  

Writing Mentors

alvarado Anna Alvarado
College: Roosevelt
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Linguistics
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, scientific writing

raveena bakhru Raveena Bakhru
College: Marshall
Major: Human Biology
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, Theater, Communication, argumentative essays

Bella BrodyBella Brody
College: Muir
Major: Lit/Writing, Spanish Language Studies
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Literature, Ethnic Studies, Art History, Film Studies, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Annica Caspers BrownAnnika Caspers Brown
College: Warren
Major: Biochemistry/Chemistry
Minor: Linguistics
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Literature, scientific writing

Erika CherkErika Cherk
College: Warren
Major: General Biology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27-28, research papers, grammar/mechanics

dustin crystal Dustin Crystal
College: Warren
Major: Biochemistry/Cell Biology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27/28, scientific writing, scholarship/application essays

Nassim Durali Nassim Durali
College: Muir
Major: Human Biology
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, History, lab reports, grammar/mechanics

Aleksi HendricksAleksi Hendricks
College: Revelle
Major: Human Biology
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, Biology, research papers, application essays

Katie HutchinsKatie Hutchins
College: Roosevelt
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, USP, historical research papers, cover letters and resumes

Amy JohnsAmy Johns (on leave Winter 2015)
College: Revelle
Major: History
Minor: Literatures/World, Political Science
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, History, Literature

claire johnsonClaire Johnson (on leave Winter 2015)
College: Muir
Major: Chemical Engineering
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Theater, argumentative writing

Rachel Keirouz Rachel Keirouz
College: Warren
Major: Math, Computer Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27, research papers, resumes

Amber KnightAmber Knight
College: Roosevelt
Major: History, Classics
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, History, Literature, research papers, pre-writing

Sarah KowalskiSarah Kowalski
College: Roosevelt
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Political Science, Education Studies
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, creative writing

Chirag KrishnaChirag Krishna
College: Sixth
Major: Biology/Bioinformatics
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, argumentative writing, scientific writing

Ellius KwokEllius Kwok
College: Revelle
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, application essays, grammar/mechanics

Alex Lascher-PosnerAlex Lascher-Posner
College: Revelle
Major: Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
Minor: Political Science
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, application essays, grammar/mechanics

Anthony LehrAnthony Lehr
College: Warren
Major: Lit/Writing
Writing specialties: Basic Writing, literary analysis, persuasive essays, research papers, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, grammar/mechanics

Jaci LernerJaci Lerner
College: Sixth
Major: Political Science
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Political Science, social sciences and humanities, creative nonfiction, application essays

Jasen MashalJasen Mashal
College: Muir
Major: Economics
Minor: Law & Society
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Political Science, timed essays, argumentative writing

Niki MoshiriNiki Moshiri
College: Sixth
Major: International Studies
Minor: Human Rights
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Political Science, History, Sociology, cover letters, resumes

nichole nomuraNichole Nomura
College: Roosevelt
Majors: Lit/Writing, Literatures/English
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Literature, fiction, creative nonfiction, personal narrative, grammar/mechanics

Penelope OsegueraPenelope Oseguera
College: Revelle
Majors: Literatures in English
Minor: French Literature
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, literary analysis, argumentative essays, grammar/mechanics

Anusha PasumarthiAnusha Pasumarthi
College: Warren
Majors: Biochemistry/Cell Biology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Phil 27-28, Basic Writing, scientific writing, application essays

Ann PhanAnn Phan
College: Muir
Majors: Human Biology
Minor: Psychology
Writing specialties: MCWP, Basic Writing, Psychology, scientific writing, personal narrative

Jesse QinJesse Qin
College: Warren
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Political Science
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Political Science, speeches

Caitlin RileyCaitlin Riley
College: Sixth
Major: General Biology
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, scientific writing, grammar/mechanics

Liberty SackerLiberty Sacker
College: Warren
Major: Lit/Writing
Minor: Philosophy
Writing specialties: Basic Writing, Literature, Philosophy, argumentative writing, scholarship and application essays, creative writing, grammar/mechanics

Reetu Sandhu Reetu Sandhu 
College: Marshall
Major: Psychology
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, Music, persuasive and analytical writing, speeches

Gabrielle StrasserGabby Strasser
College: Roosevelt
Major: Political Science
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, argumentative writing, policy briefs

Eileen SunEileen Sun
College: Marshall
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Literature
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, Theatre, literary analysis, analytical writing, application essays

Dyllan ThweattDyllan Thweatt
College: Sixth
Major: Anthropology, Religious Studies
Writing specialties: CAT, Basic Writing, Anthropology, History, literary analysis, scriptwriting, fiction, grammar/mechanics

Cameron TowneCameron Towne
College: Warren
Major: History
Minor: Political Science
Writing specialties: Basic Writing, History, cover letters, resumes

Beca TruongBeca Truong
College: Warren
Major: Economics
Minor: Business/Marketing
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, Phil 27-28, Rady classes

Grace Victorine Grace Victorine
College: Revelle
Major: Chemical Engineering
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, scientific writing, creative and analytical writing, application essays

Megan WongMegan Wong (on leave Winter 2015)
College: Revelle
Major: Chemistry
Writing specialties: HUM, Basic Writing, argumentative writing, literary analysis, scientific writing

Kevin YenKevin Yen
College: Warren
Major: General Biology
Minor: Health Care, Psychology
Writing specialties: WCWP, Basic Writing, literary analysis, argumentative essays, pre-writing

Cecilia YoungCecilia Young
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Studies/Political Science
Minor: Human Rights
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, poetry, grammar/mechanics

Adena ZadourianAdena Zadourian (on leave Winter 2015)
College: Marshall
Major: Physiology & Neuroscience
Writing specialties: DOC, Basic Writing, scientific writing, personal statements, transfer essays, scholarship applications

Marianne ZapeMarianne Zape
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Studies / Political Science
Minor: Education Studies
Writing specialties: MMW, Basic Writing, Political Science, Music, social sciences

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The Writing Center

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., # 0301
La Jolla, CA 92093-0301

Writing Center Office:
127 Mandeville

Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-4911
writingcenter@ucsd.edu

Writing Center Director:
Madeleine Picciotto

Office: 124 Mandeville
Campus mail code: 0301
Telephone: 858-534-1384
mpicciotto@ucsd.edu

Hours

Monday-Thursday:
Appointments 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Drop-in Zone 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Friday:
Appointments 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Sunday:
Appointments 5:00 pm-8:00 pm