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Individual Writing Support for SURFers

Need help communicating your ideas? Get individual support from Lilien Voong, our SURF STEM Writing Specialist. Lilien earned her PhD in Molecular Biology from Northwestern University and currently serves as a STEM Writing Specialist at the Hixon Writing Center. She has expertise in helping scientists communicate their research across multiple genres and audiences. 

Meetings will be held through synchronous Zoom meetings.  To make an appointment:


  1. Log into access.caltech.edu.
  2. Select "Writing Center Scheduling" from the menu. 
  3. Log into the Writing Center Schedule using your Caltech credentials (username@caltech.edu email). You'll get further instructions from there. Be sure to select the right appointment schedule in the drop-down menu. 
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If you cannot meet for a synchronous meeting on Pacific Daylight Time, email lilien@caltech.edu for other options.

What projects can I bring to my session?

We provide individual support for STEM-focused communication projects. Here are just a few examples of what we can work on: 

  • interim SURF reports (progress reports)
  • final SURF reports
  • notebook management / note taking 
  • abstracts 
  • poster presentation 
  • scientific talks 
  • research proposals
  • manuscripts intended for publication
  • CURJ articles 
  • literature review articles 
  • STEM articles for general audience (e.g. blogs, perspectives, opinions) 
  • job application writing

Working on your statement of purpose for graduate school? We recommend you join us for the Statement of Purpose Personal Training Sessions
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