Full-Time Students-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Katherine Ey

Katherine Ey

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: katherie@andrew.cmu.edu

Katherine Ey graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Music in 2012. For the past three years, she has served the students of nearby Chatham University as a Campus Minister in partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and Shadyside Presbyterian Church. She is eager to hone her passion for the written word in order to help others communicate effectively. When her nose isn't stuck in a book, Katherine enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, singing her heart out, and savoring a good cup of coffee.

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: catherig@andrew.cmu.edu

Catherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A in English Literature. She always enjoyed creative writing, but became particularly interested in professional writing after completing an internship as a copy editor for the OSU English Department webpage. She worked for the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office for several years after graduation, where she helped crime victims navigate the criminal justice system. Catherine is currently interested in pursuing a career as a technical writer or copy editor. However, she is also eager to learn about different opportunities within the professional writing field while at CMU.  When she is not studying, she will enjoy exploring Pittsburgh, cooking, reading mystery novels, drawing, theater and hockey!


Amanda Hicks

Amanda Hicks

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: ahicks1@andrew.cmu.edu

Amanda graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Political Science. While completing her undergraduate degree, she served as Vice President of R-MC's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, worked as a copy-editor of the student newspaper, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. During her time at CMU, she hopes to continue to foster her appreciation for writing while exploring all possible facets of the Professional Writing program. Her main
interests of study are in editing and publishing.


Alyssa Higgins

Alyssa Higgins

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: alyssah@andrew.cmu.edu

Alyssa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English Writing, focusing on Fiction, a B.S. in Psychology, and a certificate in Public and Professional Writing.  While she does not know what she wants to do with her life just yet, she knows she wants to write (and sleep). Her prior experience in the writing field includes working as an assistant editor for a biomedical magazine, tutoring in the Writing Center at the University of Pittsburgh, reading for Hot Metal Bridge, and interning with Simmons-Boardman Publishing. She plans to continue tutoring throughout her time at CMU in the Global Communication Center.


Changyuan (Caroline) Liu

Changyuan (Caroline) Liu

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: changyul@andrew.cmu.edu

I really enjoy studying English, which I majored in as an undergraduate, with a focus on English literature during the third and fourth years. In 2013, I represented the Foreign Language Department of Beihang University to study at CMU for an exchange semester. During that semester I took five courses and strengthened my writing skills with strategies gleaned through study of rhetoric, style and structure. These academic experiences and related internships together contribute to my interest in earning a Master Degree in Professional Writing, with a focus on technical writing. In my spare time, I am also into volunteering, hosting and dancing.


Nimisha Madhusoodanan

Nimisha Madhusoodanan

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: nmadhuso@andrew.cmu.edu

Nimisha graduated from Amrita School of Engineering in Bangalore, India with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She then filled her professional life with a myriad of experiences by working as a software developer, writer, and copy-editor for four and a half years. After getting a taste of working life in engineering and writing, she decided to aim for a career that captured the best of both worlds. CMU's program in Professional Writing will give her an opportunity to do just that. She hopes to explore her options, with a particular interest towards technical and science writing. In her spare time, you will find her enjoying a good book, writing, trying her hand at painting and slowly turning her headphones into an appendage.

Alli Russell

Alli Russell

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: arussel1@andrew.cmu.edu

Alli Russell is an MAPW student who received her undergrad degree in professional writing from Taylor University. She is most interested in book publishing, but wants to explore all opportunities in the field. She completed an internship with DZANC Books, a small non-profit publishing company, where she evaluated fiction submissions. She also enjoys creative writing and, of course, reading.

Andy Sharfman

Andy Sharfman

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: asharfma@andrew.cmu.edu

I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Allegheny College. My primary literary focus was the study of Shakespeare’s plays as both texts and performance pieces. I completed a senior thesis on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, using the play as a mode of discussing appearance and the expectations of ideal beauty. In addition to my academic growth at Allegheny, I also gained valuable experience as a four-year cross country and track and field athlete. Looking toward the future, I am excited to continue my education as a Carnegie Mellon Tartan! My interest in pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Writing is to develop my written, verbal, and visual communication skills within the context of the highly changeable and diverse field of Professional Writing.


Catherine Spence

Catherine Spence

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: cspence@andrew.cmu.edu

Catherine graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2015 with undergraduate degrees in Professional Writing and Decision Science and a minor in Business Administration. Her interest in the MAPW program centers on communicating dense quantitative information to lay audiences. Her undergraduate coursework gave her a strong foundation in research methods, data analysis, and understanding the needs of the audience in communications. She hopes to sharpen her document design and rhetorical analysis skills during her year in the MAPW program then pursue a career in corporate consulting or branding with an emphasis on the use of big data in marketing decisions.

Emily Tait

Emily Tait

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: etait@andrew.cmu.edu

Emily graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC) and a minor in Environmental Studies. During her undergraduate career, Emily worked for the Department of Communications and Marketing at JMU as the editorial assistant of its alumni magazine, Madison, was the Copy Edit Chief for the school's chapter of Her Campus, and served on the Senior Editorial Board for WRTC's undergraduate journal, Lexia. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with Cum Laude honors in May 2015.

While attending CMU, Emily wants to explore new avenues in the field of professional writing while also fostering her current interests in editing and visual rhetoric. She hopes to develop both academically and professionally during her time here and is thrilled to see what opportunities await her in this new phase of life.


Jacqueline Treboschi

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: jtrebosc@andrew.cmu.edu


Tiana Weisman

Tiana Weisman

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: tweisman@andrew.cmu.edu

Tiana Weisman graduated Cum Laude and with departmental honors from the University of South Florida. There she attained a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology.

Currently, Tiana is most interested in visual rhetoric, human-computer interaction, and UX testing. With the MAPW degree, she hopes to refine and develop her design and writing abilities. In addition, she also believes the degree will help to determine whether she will continue her studies to attain a Ph.D. following graduation, or begin working in a field relevant to writing and technology.

                                                 


Lindsay Westervelt

Lindsay Westervelt

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: lwesterv@andrew.cmu.edu

Lindsay Westervelt graduated from Towson University with her B.S. in English. While studying for her undergrad, she was part of the editorial team for the school’s literary magazine, Grub Street. She has also interned with Limerence Magazine, an online indie magazine, and BrickHouse Books, a small publishing company in Baltimore.

Currently, she works as an assistant editor at Fey Publishing, a growing company based in California. She is interested in the publishing and editing fields, and hopes that the Master’s program will help advance her skills as an editor and writer.


Haley Woodley

Haley Woodley

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: hwoodley@andrew.cmu.edu

Haley Woodley graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English, B.S.Ed in Art Education, and minor in studio art. For the past five years, she has worked as a summer office assistant at Sheetz, Inc. in brand development and internal communications. Haley applied to the professional writing program after completing student teaching, when she realized she was more passionate about her work at Sheetz than she was about teaching.

Haley is still exploring her options in the professional writing field, but is interested in a career that will incorporate her experience in visual art and design. When she isn’t trying to reclaim her belongings from her dog, Haley has a fascination with typewriters (she already owns five) and enjoys watching movies.