Graduate Writing Fellow Bios

Jennifer Burke Reifman, PhD Student, School of Education

Graduate School of Management Fellow

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 with writers of all kinds.


Jennie Davis, PhD candidate, Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Master of Science in Business Analytics Fellow

Jennie 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.


Kathryn Prendergast, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience Graduate Group, NIH NRSA Fellow

Kathryn is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Group, emphasizing in neuroimmunology and developmental neurobiology. She received her BA in Psychology and Premedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before completing her post-baccalaureate education in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her current research investigates the impact of infection during pregnancy on offspring’s brain development and behavior, with particular interest in the connection between maternal infection and neuropsychiatric disorders. Kathryn also has a background in journalism, grant writing and academic writing. As a Graduate Writing Fellow, Kathryn looks forward to helping students at every stage of the writing process, from first drafts to final edits.

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 Candidate, English

Lead Graduate Writing Fellow

Ally Fulton is a Ph.D. Candidate 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, she is writing a dissertation that explores how white women's craft traditions shaped scientific inquiry in the nineteenth-century United States. 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.

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Charlotte Hansen Terry, PhD Candidate, History

Charlotte is a Ph.D. Candidate in History with a designated emphasis in Native American Studies. Before starting her Ph.D. she was a research assistant at an academic library where she also helped copyedit books for publication. During her Ph.D. she has worked on various research and writing projects, including working with a team in writing short biographies for the National Park Service, and helped write a successful NEH Landmarks of American History and Cultures Workshop grant for the History Project at UC Davis. Her current research explores the impacts of missionization and colonization efforts in the Pacific and the movements of Pacific Islanders in the North American West in the nineteenth century. Charlotte has worked as a Teaching Assistant for the past three years. She has enjoyed meeting with colleagues in classes and writing workshops to provide feedback during her time here at Davis. As a Graduate Writing Fellow, she looks forward to working with fellow students from various disciplines on their writing.


Shannon Hearney, PhD Student, Public Health Sciences

Master of Science in Business Analytics 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.


Breanne Weber, PhD Candidate, English

Breanne Weber is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English with a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. She received her BA in English and History and MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she also worked as a writing coach and special projects coordinator for their Writing Resources Center. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Writing Theory and Practice from UC Davis, and she has taught writing at the university level since 2015. Her current research explores the material and metaphorical entanglements of books, bodies, and the environment in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries. Breanne believes that writing is fundamentally collaborative in all of its stages, so she is looking forward to working with graduate researchers across disciplines to accomplish their writing goals.  

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.