In any discipline. For any essay prompt. We're here for you.

Mission Statement

Promoting equitable and inclusive access, “Grad School Application Essays: How to Write, and Help to Do It!” is designed for all students applying to graduate school and exploring the possibilities graduate school offers. In this support series, experienced University Writing Program faculty will guide students searching for future career opportunities that require advanced degrees by teaching the “hidden” curriculum of professional communication in graduate school applications. We provide writing support for students applying to graduate school through a series of workshops, writing labs, and 1:1 faculty mentoring focused on all forms of the application essay. We welcome students at any stage of the writing process!

Spring 2024 Schedule

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Grad School Application Essays: How to Write and Help to do It!

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Where-to-Start Workshops

Location: HMNSS 1001H

Week 2
Apr. 10th
12:00 - 12:50pm

Week 3
Apr. 18th
1:00 - 1:50pm

New: Week 6
May 7th
2:00 - 2:50pm



New: Week 9
May 28th
3:00 - 4:00pm



More opportunities for support may be added on the RSVP Sign-Up Form. Access the Form for more details.


We're an experienced team of University Writing Program instructors who will provide writing support as you complete your graduate school application essays. We can guide you through any stage of the writing process. Our series of workshops, labs, and 1:1 mentoring is designed with you and your schedule in mind. Come join us!

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Ask-Me-Anything Writing Labs

Location: HMNSS 1001H

Week 4:
Apr. 24th
3:00 - 5:00pm

Week 5:
May 2nd
3:00 - 5:00pm

Week 7:
May 14th
1:00 - 3:00pm

Week 8:
May 23rd
3:00 - 5:00pm

Week 10:
Jun. 5th
2:00 - 4:00pm



More opportunities for support may be added on the RSVP Sign-Up Form. Access the Form for more details.




One-on-One Mentoring

Weeks 3 - 10, location varies

Once you connect with a UWP mentor, both of you can arrange your meetings based on your availability. Your mentor can work with your schedule.


Grad App Mentors

Mentor Name Email Contact Compositional Specialties/ Areas of Interest
Dr. John Acker Professional nerd. Specialties in business writing, copyediting/proofreading, religion and literature, and 19th-century American literature.
Dr. Jennie Friedrich MA in English/Writing with a creative emphasis, and experience with psychology and genres of writing relating to fundraising (not strictly grants); medieval history and literature; disability studies; dogs and dog training; music and creative writing; records and turntables
Dr. Stephanie Fousek Personal narrative, creative nonfiction, Latin American literature, psychology, meditation/ mindfulness, printmaking
Dr. Kathy Hardun Medieval literature and history, Early Modern literature, queer theory and LGBTQ+ history, French, science writing, application materials (job, graduate school, etc.).
Dr. Anne Sullivan Nineteenth-century British literature; media history and theory; visual culture; print and material culture; children’s literature; environmental humanities; science and technology studies. Personal interests include photography, pottery, and geeking out about TV shows and movies.
Dr. Todd Luce Environmental history and history of the American west, borderlands, and Southern California. Personal narrative, noir fiction, and post-colonial literature are areas of great interest.
Dr. Grant Palmer Technocultural theory, American and British literature, American film, video game studies, media studies, queer theory, gender and sexuality, biopolitics, critical theory, and digital media.
Dr. Raymund Papica Medieval and Early Modern Literature, science writing, science fiction, and digital media.
Dr. Jerome Winter English as a second language, science fiction, science and technology, literature and media, global studies

Contact Us

Raymund Papica, Ph.D.
UWP Associate Director
Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator

 University Writing Program