Meet the Fellows

2013 Writing Fellows

Diana Barsky
Class: 2015
Majors: Psychology
Minor: Human Development/Family Studies, Disabilities Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, writing, listening to music, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Autism Speaks UD, undergraduate research
Favorite books and authors: The Outsiders, Water for Elephants, Fahrenheit 451, S.E. Hinton, Jodi Picoult
Advice to college writers: Be flexible and willing to take chances! You may not be able to write in the same exact way as you did in high school and that's okay. Stay open to constructive criticism to further develop your skills and become an even better writer.
Tara Beck
Class: 2015
Majors: Neuroscience, Medical Scholars
Minor: Biology, Medical Humanities
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Marathon Running, Triathlons, Open-Water Swimming, Club Swimming, Phi Delta Epsilon, playing with my puppy
Favorite books and authors: A Tale of Two Cities, The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud, Dan Brown, A.A. Milne
Advice to college writers: Start assignments early and make them interesting! Go to the library and check out books, research database journals, and find good sources to create a paper that you want to write about! It will make the process much more enjoyable.
Nora Crawford
Class: 2014
Majors: Political Science, Economics
Minor: History
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, yoga, baking, GSS Community Service Sorority, Mock Trial
Favorite books and authors: To Kill A Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Kite Runner
Advice to college writers: Whenever possible, try to find a surprising, fresh way to approach your topic. Spending the time to think of an engaging thesis can really pay off later on.
Christine Dang
Class: 2014
Majors: Biological Sciences, Liberal Studies: Medical Scholar
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, cross country, composing/writing/playing music, MEDLIFE, Making Doctors, Pre-Pharmacy Society
Favorite books and authors: Chuck Palahniuk, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Khaled Hosseini, Atul Gawande, John Green, Victor Hugo, and so, so much more!
Advice to college writers: Choose a writing topic (or writing class) because of personal interest, not relative easiness! You'll be surprised at how just a little passion yields progress and success in not only the assignment, but also maturation of writing style overall.
Sean Freeman
Class: 2015
Majors: English (Professional Writing Concentration), HRIM
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, Traveling, Writing, Sustainability, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Club Manager's Association of American, HRIM PR Team
Favorite books and authors: Fight Club by Chuck Pahlaniuk, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Advice to college writers: Don't get caught up in formulas, grammar, outlines and rules. Write from the heart and the rest will follow.
Brie Gerry
Class: 2014
Majors: Neuroscience, Spanish Studies
Minor: Biological sciences, Applied music - piano
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassadors, Phi Delta Epsilon, running, playing piano, going to the beach
Favorite books and authors: JK Rowling, Gabriel García Márquez, The Awakening, Matilda, Where the Wild Things Are, The Time Traveler's Wife
Advice to college writers: Give yourself time to write ahead of the due date - it feels better, your writing will be better, and you'll get more sleep :)
Brian Gonzalez
Class: 2014
Majors: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Anything on Netflix, anything Joss Whedon, Phi Sigma Pi
Favorite books and authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Kazuo Ishiguro
Advice to college writers: If you have a choice, don't choose a topic just because it sounds easy: choose a topic that interests you!
Kenny Greene
Class: 2014
Majors: Operations Management, International Business Studies
Minor: Jazz Studies, Spanish Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Drumming, music, Scrabble
Favorite books and authors: Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse V; Favorite Author: Palahniuk
Advice to college writers: Write for yourself! If you aren't happy with your writing, your audience won't be either.
Kelly Grzinic
Class: 2014
Majors: English, Women's Studies
Minor: Religious Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Improvising with The Rubber Chickens, Yoga Club, napping in the sun, journaling, traveling
Favorite books and authors: Planet Walker by John Francis, The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass
Advice to college writers: Find a topic or an angle on a topic that excites you.
Matt Hamdan
Class: 2015
Majors: Biology
Minor: Exercise Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Basketball, baseball, concerts, traveling, trying new restaurants
Favorite books and authors: The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Driven from Within, The Art of a Beautiful Game, To Kill A Mockingbird
Advice to college writers: Be open to trying new techniques. Our writing will always be far from perfect, so chances are your professor is going to talk about writing in terms different from your previous experiences. Embrace the challanges that are presented by college writing cou
Ruby Harrington
Class: 2014
Majors: Political Science (American Politics concentration)
Minor: History, Sociology, and Political Communication
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Russell Fellows, 186 South College (UD Honors Program) blogger, undergraduate political communication research, Netflix
Favorite books and authors: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Other Wes Moore, The Kennedy Detail
Advice to college writers: Begin your paper a few days before you think you "need" to. Even if you just brainstorm a thesis, the action will get you thinking about how you can best tackle the assignment.
Sean Herron
Class: 2014
Majors: Chemistry, Economics
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, reading, playing chess, and listening to '70s music
Favorite books and authors: Catch-22, The Fountainhead, The Day of the Triffids, Time and Again, John Grisham, and Fyodor Dostoevsky
Advice to college writers: Have a clear idea of where you're going with your paper before you start it. If you begin writing without a plan, you'll probably end up discarding most of your paper anyway. Many writers use outlines to organize their thoughts, but choose whatever works
Danielle Imhoff
Class: 2015
Majors: International Relations
Minor: Spanish, International Business Studies, Organizational and Community Leadership
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Student Government Association, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Blue Hen Leadership Program, traveling, running, hiking
Favorite books and authors: Jodi Picoult, Invisible Man, Wuthering Heights, The Kite Runner, J.K. Rowling
Advice to college writers: A thesis is arguably the most important part of your paper, so be sure to create one that you feel is strong. Spend some time thinking about it, even if you have to revise it as you begin to write!
Nicole Immediato
Class: 2014
Majors: Cognitive Science (Speech-Language Pathology)
Minor: Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies, Disabilities Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Lori's Hands Volunteer RSO, Phillies & Flyers, Sports, the Beach, Reading, Baking, Shopping
Favorite books and authors: Nicholas Sparks, S.E. Hinton, Shutter Island, The Secret Life of Bees, The Help
Advice to college writers: No matter what assignment your professor gives you, always try to find a topic that interests you. You will do your best writing when you are interested in the topic that you choose.
Ksenia Ioffe
Class: 2015
Majors: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Vice President of Membership Education, Accounting and MIS Student Advisory Board, Blue Hen Ambassador, Delaware International Ambassador, Relay for Life, being outside, and organizing things.
Favorite books and authors: Welcome to the Monkey House, Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and anything by Malcolm Gladwell!
Advice to college writers: Find a location where you work best and are inspired! Don't be afraid of the corners of the library - or the middle of the green. :)
Kelsey Johnson
Class: 2014
Majors: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences
Minor: Business Administration, Biological Sciences
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, Traveling, Ag Ambassador, Vice President of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), Animal Science Club
Favorite books and authors: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Advice to college writers: Do not be afraid to contact your Writing Fellow or professor if you need help. They can offer valuable advice at any stage of the writing process.
Ryan Leonard
Class: 2014
Majors: Political Science, History
Minor: Islamic Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Mock Trial, Model UN, College Democrats, running, and basketball
Favorite books and authors: Brave New World, 1984, Lord of the Flies, Inherit the Wind, Slaughterhouse-Five
Advice to college writers: Don't seek a replicable approach that guarantees a good grade. Every assignment is unique and requires an analysis free from the constraints of a template.
Katy Lewis
Class: 2015
Majors: Wildlife Conservation
Minor: Animal Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, Reading, Animal Science Club, doing anything outdoors
Favorite books and authors: Let the Great World Spin, Anna Karenina, Cutting for Stone; Colum McCann, Erik Larson, Hilary Mantel
Advice to college writers: Don't let an assignment build up to be something overwhelming. Just start writing, and keep your main message at the front of your mind.
Laura Miller
Class: 2014
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Public Health and Medical Humanities
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Hiking, cooking, Phi Sigma Pi, volunteering, beaches
Favorite books and authors: Water for Elephants; The Giver; Angels and Demons
Advice to college writers: Use the writing process! Making an outline and working on drafts can dramatically improve your paper in the end.
Alex Minore
Class: 2014
Majors: History, Political Science
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: E-52 Student Theater Organization. I love Heavy Metal music.
Favorite books and authors: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, Lords of the Sea by John Hale, and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Advice to college writers: My advice to college writers is to keep your writing simple. Say what you want to say as concisely as you can say it.
Michelle Morreale
Class: 2014
Majors: International Relations, History
Minor: Religious Studies, Political Communication
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassador, Political Communication research, basketball
Favorite books and authors: Nicholas Spark, Edmund Burke, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, George R.R. Martin
Advice to college writers: While writing, try not to obsess over what grade you think you're going to get. If you stay true to yourself as a writer and take risks that reflect your own unique style, the good grades will follow.
Jackie Nebbia
Class: 2015
Majors: History, Marketing
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Music, travel, Students for Haiti, reading, baking
Favorite books and authors: Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Advice to college writers: Always be sure to write about what matters to you! When you're passionate about your subject it's clear to all those who read your work!
Laura Nebbia
Class: 2015
Majors: Economics, Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, reading, baking, music, Students for Haiti
Favorite books and authors: Steig Larsson, Douglas Adams, Billie Letts' Where the Heart Is, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Tim O"Brien's The Things They Carried
Advice to college writers: Don't procrastinate! In college writing, organization and planning is key. Don't forget to enjoy the writing process and pick a topic that really interests you!
Shaivi Patel
Class: 2015
Majors: Biological Sciences
Minor: Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: American Red Cross club, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, watching movies, biking
Favorite books and authors: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Out Stealing Horses, A Farewell to Arms, Into Thin Air
Advice to college writers: Try to personalize your assignments. If you write about a topic that interests you, you will enjoy the writing process so much more. You'll be eager to learn about the topic and it will show in your writing.
Molly Peters
Class: 2015
Majors: Biological Sciences
Minor: Public Health
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Schola Cantorum, Undergraduate Research, singing, swimming, yoga, spending time outside and with friends, dogs, and Netflix.
Favorite books and authors: A Fraction of a Whole by Steve Tolz, J.D Salinger, Persuasion and anything else by Jane Austen, J.K Rowling, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, Ray Bradbury, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway to nam
Advice to college writers: Don't be intimidated by the writing assignments that you will be assigned. You can always produce something worthwhile if you give yourself enough time to brainstorm, plan, research, and write to the best of your ability. "If you think you can do a thing
Avis Rodriguez
Class: 2015
Majors: History, Political Science
Minor: Spanish Studies, Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Watching football and hockey, playing intramural sports, drinking coffee, politics and current events, traveling, country music, Blue Hen Ambassador tour guide, Student Admissions Officer, Zumba Club, Yoga Club, and Delta Gamma Fraternity
Favorite books and authors: J.K. Rowling, John Green, A Good Dog by Avi, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Advice to college writers: When given an assignment choose a thesis or subject that interests you. When you're interested in the topic and want to learn more it makes doing the research fun instead of a chore and makes writing the paper a lot easier (no matter the length).
Becca Russell
Class: 2015
Majors: Biology
Minor: Spanish, Medical Humanities, Medical Diagnostics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Yoga, fishing, Lori's Hands member, Making Doctors member
Favorite books and authors: Under the Dome, Stephen King, Dan Brown
Advice to college writers: In college writing, don't be afraid to take a thesis you care about and run with it! Any response to a prompt will be amazing with a idea that makes you excited!
Brenda Savelski
Class: 2015
Majors: Three Languages (French, Russian, & Japanese)
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Travelling, reading, vegetarianism, violin, tea, yoga
Favorite books and authors: The Awakening, Lolita, Peter Pan, and anything/everything by Amélie Nothomb
Advice to college writers: Don't be afraid to change your topic even if you've already started writing! Write about something that interests you and has readily available information.
Alexey Shiklomanov
Class: 2014
Majors: Chemistry, Environmental Science
Minor: Geography
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Groups, JEPA, Soccer, Tennis
Favorite books and authors: Douglas Adams, Bill Bryson, George R. R. Martin, Jared Diamond, John Steinbeck
Advice to college writers: Invest yourself in your own writing. Only by appreciating your own strengths as a writer (and you've made it this far, so you definitely have them!) can you find the motivation to work on your shortcomings. Write what you love and love what you write!
Anne Simpson
Class: 2014
Majors: Economics, History
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Host on WVUD's Online Station, Yoga, Reading
Favorite books and authors: Gone with the Wind, Ender's Game
Advice to college writers: Try to get multiple people you trust to look your paper over. Just because you think something is clearly explained doesn't mean that everyone else will follow your argument. Writing a clear and well-organized essay is important!
Kevin Sun
Class: 2014
Majors: International Relations, Economics
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Volunteerism, figure skating, UD Alternative Breaks, LGBT and women's advocacy, and grassroots political activism.
Favorite books and authors: Most recently, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
Advice to college writers: Be passionate about what you write. Because if you're not, why should anyone else be?
Lizzy Wilford
Class: 2014
Majors: Anthropology
Minor: Geology, Fashion History and Culture
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, listening to music, video games, arts and crafts, autocross; Otaku^2 Club
Favorite books and authors: Spoon River Anthology, Fruits Basket, Clover, Geodyssey, Chalice; Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Ron Koertge, Kate Beaton, Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, CLAMP
Advice to college writers: Whatever the assignment, try to find a topic or angle that really interests you. You'll have an easier time researching and writing if you're engaged (or even - gasp - having fun), and your audience will enjoy reading a paper that you enjoyed writing. It
Matt Wiltshire
Class: 2014
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Liberal Studies: Medical Scholar
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Third year Drum Major of the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, Pep Band, Delaware Steel (Steel Drum Ensemble), President -- Phi Mu Alpha (Music Fraternity), Odyssey of the Mind, photography, and traveling.
Favorite books and authors: Aldous Huxley, Ken Follett, Dan Brown, George R.R Martin, James Rollins, and Terry Goodkind.
Advice to college writers: Coming from the voice of experience...don't be the kid that says every paper is terrible and that you're going to fail. Be confident and engaged in the paper and the topic. Even though the subject matter may be as dull as a bag of charcoal, everyone can find some interesting angle to approach an essay to make it not only bearable, but actually enjoyable! 
Hannah Winand
Class: 2015
Majors: English Education
Minor:
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Music (playing clarinet, listening to music, going to concerts, dancing like an idiot), photography, traveling, reading, writing, trying new things, education reform, Sign Language Club, Student Literacy Council, RA
Favorite books and authors: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, 1984 by George Orwell, anything by Walt Whitman
Advice to college writers: Never underestimate the power of brainstorming! Choose a unique angle to the assignment that allows you to write about an idea you find interesting. If you're excited about the topic, the writing will occur more naturally.
Kim Zwissler
Class: 2014
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Disability Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Yes U Can, Running, Baking, Yoga Club
Favorite books and authors: Barbara Kingsolver, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien
Advice to college writers: Be passionate about your writing and read as much as you can!

2013 Scholarships & Awards Highlights

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Warner & Taylor Award Winners

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Goldwater Award Winners

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