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Our Staff

Director: Madeleine Picciotto

MadeleineDr. 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.

Assistant to the Director / Research Intern: Nichole Nomura

Technology and Media Coordinator: Adám Netanel


Office Assistants:

Kelly Johnson         Reetu Sandhu              Marianne Zape               Elena Silva
Eileen Sun              Sarah Kowalski           Dustin Haygood            Jenny Haden

Writing Mentors

raveena bakhru Raveena Bakhru
College: Marshall
Major: Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
Writing specialties: DOC, basic writing, Theater, Communication, argumentative essays

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

Kathryn ChangKathryn Chang
College: Muir
Major: Political Science
Minor: Business
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, Political Science, History, application essays

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

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

Jessica GrossJessica Gross
College: Roosevelt
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Law & Society
Writing specialties: MMW, basic writing, philosophy, legal analysis, application essays and personal statements

jenny haden Jenny Haden
College: Warren
Major: Literatures/English
Writing specialties: WCWP, basic writing, Literature, timed essays

Dustin HaygoodDustin Haygood
College: Muir
Major: Political Science
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, History, Political Science, opinion articles, cover letters

Aleksi HendricksAleksi Hendricks
College: Revelle
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Humanities
Writing specialties: HUM, basic writing, Biology, research papers, application essays

claire johnsonClaire Johnson
College: Muir
Major: Chemical Engineering
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, Theater, argumentative writing

Kelly JohnsonKelly Johnson
College: Roosevelt
Major: Psychology
Writing specialties: MMW, basic writing, History, scientific writing, personal statements

jessica knapp Jessica Knapp
College: Roosevelt
Major: Anthropology
Minors: Study of Religion, Public Service
Writing specialties: MMW, basic writing, History, Anthropology, grammar/mechanics

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

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

Aries LuAries Lu
College: Marshall
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Business
Writing specialties: DOC, basic writing, Psychology, 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

Adam_Netanel Adám Netanel
College: Muir
Major: Psychology
Minor: Latin American Studies
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, Philosophy, Ethnic Studies, social sciences

thuan nguyen Thuan Nguyen
College: Marshall
Major: Human Biology
Writing specialties: DOC, basic writing, literary analysis

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

Jesse QinJesse Qin
College: Warren
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Chemistry, Political Science, Theatre
Writing specialties: WCWP, basic writing, Political Science, speeches

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

Elena SilvaElena Silva
College: Roosevelt
Major: Lit/Writing
Writing specialties: MMW, basic writing, Literature, poetry, fiction, playwriting

Philip Singh Philip Singh 
College: Muir
Major: Communication
Minor: Critical Gender Studies
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, Communication, Critical Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, application essays, cover letters

Eileen Sun Eileen Sun
College: Marshall
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Literature
Writing specialties: DOC, basic writing, Theater, Literature, analytical writing, application essays

Karen Underwood Karen Underwood
College: Revelle
Majors: Political Science, Economics
Writing specialties: HUM, basic writing, Political Science, USP, literary analysis

Robert Van Unen Robert Van Unen
College: Marshall
Major: Political Science/Political Theory
Writing specialties: DOC, basic writing, Political Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, social sciences

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

Lauren Weintraub
College: Muir
Major: Lit/Writing
Minor: Education Studies
Writing specialties: MCWP, basic writing, Literature, Political Science, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Kevin YenKevin Yen
College: Warren
Major: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Minor: Health Care, Psychology
Writing specialties: WCWP, basic writing, literary analysis, argumentative essays, pre-writing

Cecilia YuCecilia Yu
College: Roosevelt
Major: ESYS: Environmental Chem
Minors: German Studies, Human Rights
Writing specialties: MMW, basic writing, ESYS, lab reports, scientific writing, lit reviews, policy briefs

Adena ZadourianAdena Zadourian
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 is closed for the summer. We will reopen in Week 2 of Fall Quarter.

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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-3:30 pm
Drop-ins 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Friday
Appointments 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Drop-ins 1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Sunday
Drop-ins 5:00 pm-8:00 pm