Welcome to Write Like a Scientist!
I am Alexandra and Write Like a Scientist is the place where I get to talk all about academic writing and productivity.
A little about my interest in writing & productivity
During my time at Colorado State University, Dr. Kristina Quynn started a new program on campus focused on academic writing support and fostering a writing community. When the program first launched, I didn’t know much about how to get writing done and the thought of writing a dissertation was daunting. I attended the first workshop to see what the program was about. Fast forward to one year later, and I applied to be the program’s intern. Throughout the course of my internship, I became enamored with academic writing support. I realized that graduate students, post-docs, and faculty alike all struggle with getting their writing done and could all use some support.
The defense of my dissertation was bittersweet. I now had my Ph.D., but that also meant I would be leaving CSU and could no longer continue my internship with CSU Writes. However, I still wanted to be engaged with writing productivity and support. This is where the idea for Write Like a Scientist was born.
A little about my research
I completed dissertation work and earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology working in Tom Santangelo’s lab at Colorado State University. My dissertation was focused on nucleic acid biology in the archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis. For more information on the actual research projects and publications, please see my research webpage.
A little about me
I believe having a healthy relationship with my work means having a life outside of the lab and academia. In my free time, I enjoy reading all kinds of books, young adult dystopian fiction books and pop science non-fiction books are my guilty pleasure. I am also known for my dance parties. Every Sunday in the fall, you can find my watching the Packers game no matter where I am in the world.