Giles Writer-in-Residence Del Bright

Recognizing the need for effective writing in the sciences and engineering, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences provides tutoring and instruction to undergraduate students. Last year, over 500 students from 35 different classes made use of the Writing Center services, with some students visiting just a few times, and others coming in almost every week. You are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for help with anything from your paper assignments to your résumé if you are an undergraduate resident student in the College. 

The Writing Tutor’s Role and Your Responsibilities

Understanding your role and responsibilities as a writer will help you get the most from a tutoring session. The emphasis in the EMS writing center is to  help you become a better oral and written communicator, not simply to fix the errors or proofread for you.  It is your responsibility in a tutorial session to come prepared and ask questions. Take an active role in discovering how to improve your writing. The process of learning to write more effectively is as important as the product.

 Making an Appointment or Dropping-In

Because many students visit the Writing Center, making an appointment via e-mail ( or the phone (814-863-6077) is the best way to guarantee a spot.

There are also drop-in hours staffed by knowledgeable EMS graduate students. They are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every week classes are in session in 14F RFSC. No appointment is necessary for drop-in hours. Heavy demand periods, such as around Career Fair, mid-terms, and finals, may have some wait times for drop-in hours. You may want to plan accordingly.

Additional Ways to Improve Your Success

Here are some important points to keep in mind.

  • Plan ahead. Writing well takes time.
  • Bring the assignment sheet to the tutoring session. It helps discern the criteria.
  • Come prepared. 

And finally, please e-mail or call promptly to cancel. It helps me help someone else, and someday that someone else could be you!