Graduate Writing Fellow Bios

Caitlin Banks, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Fellow

Caitlin Banks is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group with a Designated Emphasis in Translational Research. She received a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. She transferred to UC Davis in 2018 from a Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. program at the University of Florida, where she worked alongside students across the health professions. Caitlin’s research focuses on improving walking in people with stroke, with an emphasis on understanding the underlying physiologic differences between individuals and how that relates to walking function. Caitlin is returning as the writing consultant for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She loves learning about the diverse backgrounds and focus areas of the nursing professionals that she meets in consultations, and she is excited to continue this for a second year.



Jennifer Burke Reifman, PhD Student, School of Education

Jennifer Burke Reifman is a third year PhD student in the School of Education, emphasizing in Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies (WRaCS). She received her BA in Journalism and Anthropology from SUNY Purchase and her MA in English Composition from San Francisco State University. Her research interests include basic writing, composition pedagogy, online writing instruction, writing program administration, and more. Jennifer has been teaching college level writing since 2011 and loves working writers of all kinds.


Jennie Davis, PhD candidate, Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Master of Science in Business Analytics Fellow

Jennie is also completing a designated emphasis in International Nutrition as part of the UC Davis Institute for Global Nutrition. She received her BS in Nutrition from Bastyr University, and her MS in Nutrition and Registered Dietitian certification from the University of Idaho. Jennie has conducted research in Mexico, Taiwan, Ghana, and Haiti. Her current research studies relationships between micronutrient status, inflammation, and risk of non-communicable diseases (like hypertension or diabetes) in global populations, with particular interest in how these data may improve international health policy. Jennie's interest in global public health grew from working for many years as a medical Spanish interpreter. She is fluent in Spanish, decent at French, and very mediocre at Haitian Creole. Jennie is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and writing, as well as developing materials and technical documents for research trainings and other professional activities. She looks forward to working with and learning from students from a variety of backgrounds and interests.


Mason Del Rosario, PhD Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Mason del Rosario is a third year PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Mason earned his B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin College in Needham, MA in 2016. Before entering graduate school, he worked as a Powertrain Test Engineer at Tesla Motors where he performed environmental durability testing of the high voltage battery and drive inverters for the Model 3. Currently, his research focuses on deep learning techniques for channel state information estimation in massive MIMO wireless communications networks. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.


Ally Fulton, PhD Student, English

Ally Fulton is a Ph.D. student in English with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. She received a B.A. in English and Biology from Oberlin College. After graduating, she worked as the Writing Associate Fellow at Oberlin for two years, where she helped to expand the program by developing a speaking program alongside the writing program. Now at Davis, her research interests are in 19th-century American scientific literature, print culture, queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She finds immense value in conversing with other writers about their process and ideas, so she looks forward to working with fellow graduate students to inspire excitement about writing.



Shannon Hearney, PhD Student,Public Health Sciences

Graduate School of Management Fellow

Shannon has experience working with graduate students on their writing from her work as a Peer Coach at Boston University during her time as a graduate student there. Her current work focuses on violence prevention and medical education. She is looking forward to helping students with their writing and getting to know others in disciplines different from hers.


Amy Lombardi, PhD Candidate, Linguistics, Designated Emphasis in Writing and Composition Studies (WRaCS)

Master of Science in Business Analytics Fellow

Amy brings 16 years of experience teaching writing in the Community College, California State University, and University of California systems.  She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in English from San Francisco State University, Emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  Her primary interests include Writing in English as an Additional/International Language, Rhetorical Analysis, and Genre-based Writing Pedagogy. Additional interests include Critical Reading, Propaganda, Media and Information Literacy, and Public/Civic Discourse.


Emily Meyer, PhD Candidate, Applied Mathematics

Emily Meyer is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics. Prior to UC Davis, she received her BA in Mathematics and Neuroscience at Pomona College, and her MA in Mathematics at Wake Forest University. She has been teaching and tutoring throughout her studies, and especially values getting to know students as individuals to best help them achieve their goals. Emily uses writing in her own work as a tool to organize, reflect and deepen her understanding of her research, where she uses mathematical modeling to understand how electrical signals travel through the heart and how this is regulated by the nervous system. She loves to work with students throughout the stages of the writing process, and is excited to learn about the work that graduate students are doing across campus!


Mitchell Snyder, PhD Student, Geography Graduate Group

Mitchell comes to the Graduate Writing Fellowship Program with ten years of experience as a writer and editor in professional and academic settings. Much of his academic background stems from a writing-intensive bachelor’s degree at Davis, where he majored in English and double minored in Comparative Literature and Professional Writing. These skills are complemented by two years of work as a tutor for the Entry Level Writing Program (ELWP), an undergraduate honors thesis, 2 years as a Teaching Assistant, and several projects on technical documents for both UC Davis and other employers.  

Mitchell researches the nexus of Hazards, Risks, and Disaster Geography and Political Ecology, with a goal of improving community response to disruptions and better understanding the networks that promote community resilience.  

As a Graduate Writing Fellow, Mitchell looks forward to applying his knowledge of line- and copy-editing to cross-disciplinary papers. He is confident that his experience working with a diverse body of students on a variety of papers will help graduate students to both enhance their writing and to accomplish academic and professional goals. 


Stacy Wittstock, PhD Candidate, School of Education

Stacy Wittstock is a fifth year PhD candidate in the School of Education, emphasizing in Learning and Mind Sciences and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She received her BA in Music and English from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA in English from Washington State University. Her research interests include writing program administration, basic writing and writers, composition pedagogy, writing assessment, and other subjects. Stacy has been teaching writing at the college level since 2011 and has worked as a Graduate Writing Fellow for the past two years. This is Stacy's second year in the role of Lead GWF. Please feel free to contact Stacy with any questions about the services provided by the GWF program (