Giles Writer-in-Residence Kimberly Del Bright

Check out this new resource for Science Communication in Earth and Mineral Sciences.

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. 

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.


Drop-In Hours and Appointments Available 

Drop-in hours staffed by knowledgeable EMS graduate writing tutors trained by your writer-in-residence are available. The hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in 14F of the RFSC every week classes are in session. During these hours, just stop by–no appointment is needed! 

You may also make an appointment via e-mail ( or the phone (814-863-6077). Plan ahead as writing well takes time, and there are occasions when all appointments may be booked for that day. Also, please email or call me if you need to cancel. It helps me help someone who may be on my wait list, and you never know when that person could be you.