Writing Fellows Program

TUM writing fellows are native (or near-native) English-speaking students, who work as teaching assistants for writing-intensive courses and regularly staff the English Writing Center. The program has the long-term goal of hiring multiple fellows in each of the 13 TUM faculties. In this model, students from all TUM programs will be able to work with peer consultants who are both experts in English writing and knowledgeable in the students’ specific fields.

Training

Writing Fellows are hired based on their proven excellence in English writing and eagerness to develop this expertise as both scholars and tutors. Each fellow must take part in an intensive training program that includes on-the-job practice, self-guided study, peer observation, and performing the role of teaching assistant for at least one semester in an advanced English writing course offered by the TUM Language Center. Completing this training confers on Fellows a certificate of competence in tutoring written English, co-sponsored by TUM ProLehre | Media and Didactic and recognized across Bavarian institutes of higher education.

Become a Writing Fellow

If you would like to apply to be writing fellow, send a CV, cover letter, and 500-word writing sample to Dr. Heidi Minning (minning@zv.tum.de; CC jacobs@zv.tum.de and msibi@zv.tum.de).

The writing fellows are paid according to the standard “Vergütungssätze von wissenschaftlichen und studentischen Hilfskräften.” They also profit greatly from the responsibilities and work experience they gain as part of the consulting team at the English Writing Center.

Current Writing Fellows

Huma Abid - Mathematics

Huma comes from the metropolis of Karachi - the city that still holds her heart. She moved to Munich in Fall 2018 to pursue her Masters in Mathematics at the TUM. Her undergraduate degree is from IBA Karachi where she studied Maths and Economics. During her undergrad Huma has worked as a mentor for various English Language courses. She is experienced with coaching students for both written and spoken pieces. Huma is a huge fan of slam poetry, and her interests can be summed up nicely in the brilliant words of Harry Baker: “ I liked maths because there was always a definite right answer, and I liked poetry because there wasn't a definite wrong one.”

Abdullah Ahmed - Management

Abdullah is from Pakistan, but was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He has completed his pre-engineering in Saudi Arabia and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China. Abdullah has previously worked as Peer Tutor at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Leibniz Language Centre) and has 3 years of in-depth experience, working as an R&D engineer in China and as a Project Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry in Saudi Arabia. He is now pursuing a M.Sc. in Management (MiM) at TUM. Besides English, he can speak Chinese, Urdu, Arabic, and Hindi with various degrees of fluency. Abdullah has been an avid enthusiast of debate and discourse. He partook in various competitions and has won several debating awards at the United Nations, New York (National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA)). In his free time, Abdullah enjoys playing table tennis and reading scientific literature on clinical psychology.

Katrina Bartek - Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology

Katrina was born and raised in Michigan, USA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. In the fall of 2018, she moved to Munich and began her master’s program in Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology (ESPACE) at TUM. She has always had a deep interest in learning languages, and currently has various levels of proficiency in Spanish, French, German and Chinese. Besides learning languages, her other interests include reading, playing tennis and pretty much anything space related.

Alia Benedict - Biology

Alia grew up in a small town in Michigan in the United States. In 2019, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology and German Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, before moving to Munich to conduct a research project on freshwater mussels. She will begin her M.Sc. in biology at the TU beginning in the fall of 2020. Alia has previously worked as a language tutor and enjoys the writing and editing process, so she is excited to work with students as a the EWC. In her free time, Alia likes to snorkel, create art, and make big American breakfasts on Sunday mornings.

Ana Cukarska - Mechanical Engineering

Ana was born into a bilingual family in North Macedonia. After graduating from an English taught high school, she moved to Munich to learn German and study mechanical engineering. Her main interests are (computational) fluid dynamics, numerical analysis and machine learning. She sees English writing as an important communication tool in the scientific world as well as a way to express ourselves. Ana spends her free time reading 20th century American novels, exploring the Munich area by bike or playing table tennis, backgammon and chess.

Aleksandra Daniluk - Chemistry

Aleksandra was born in Poland but moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of eight, where she attended elementary school. After her return to Poland, she extensively studied the English language which led to her working as an English Tutor. She studied German for six years and moved to Munich in 2019. Currently she is a chemistry student pursuing a bachelor’s degree. In her free time, Aleksandra loves hiking in the Alps and spending time with her friends.

Daniel Danzl - Management and Technology

Daniel grew up in southern Bavaria and moved to Munich in 2014. His fascination for the English language has derived from novels and movies as well as travelling to North America and the UK. He has earned a B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Management and Technology at TUM and is currently amending his studies with the TUM Skills Excellence Program. During his undergraduate studies, Daniel spent a semester at the University of Bath in England where he pursued his interest in the English culture, language, and writing.

Sheh Khan - Environmental Engineering

Born and raised as a Pakistani in Saudi Arabia, Shehryaar is a salad bowl of multiculturalism striving to add more to himself. He studied at a Bangladeshi School and has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University Malaysia. He possesses a keen interest in the expressiveness of English Writing and has worked as an English Tutor and Writer in Karachi, Pakistan for around one year. His experience and passion for solving the water crisis drove him to enrol in the master’s program for Environmental Engineering. Shehryaar moved to Munich in April 2019 and aims to learn more languages than just German. In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, and surfing the internet for something new worth exploring.

Pia Marciano - Environmental Engineering

Pia grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, USA. Three years ago, she went back to her roots and moved to Germany for her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Her love for the English language started years ago when she spent hours hiding from the world in books. Since then, she has expanded her horizons to fluency in both German and Spanish and working as a writing fellow for TUM. In her free time, she enjoys a host of hobbies, including creating art and most outdoor activities.

Jenkin Ng - Sports and Exercise Science

Jenkin was born and raised in Chicago, IL and has been in Munich since October 2018 in pursuit of a M.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Science. He has worked extensively as a dance teaching artist, fitness instructor, and in rehab for older adults prior to his arrival. Much of his free time is spent dancing where he enjoys rolling around the floor and atop his head and is an avid participant in calisthenics training. In his quest to satisfy his intellectual curiosity in the realms of philosophy, politics and religion, he often finds himself engaged in civil discourse with strangers on the U-Bahn. Other hobbies include traveling, skating, fishing, cooking, playing chess and piano.

Darragh Power - Politics

I'm Darragh from Dublin, currently taking a masters in Politics and Technology at the School of Governance. I believe in the power of words to shape worlds, and have written for both academic magazines and my local college newspaper. I have experience teaching through English with both adults and children as a volunteer in Central America. I look forward to finishing the novel left fermenting on my desk since before moving to Germany! I also look forward to working with others on their own projects. I find having another pair of eyes to go through something with you can be an illuminating and empowering experience.

Andrew Robertson - Radiation Biology

Native English speaker from New Zealand, studying MSc Radiation Biology. A medical doctor by trade mostly in internal medicine and psychiatry, came to Germany to pursue further study and learn a new culture/language.

Réka Rozsnyói - Sustainable Resource Management

Réka was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Later, she lived in the Netherlands for 3 years while completing her bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Leiden University. Currently, she is a master’s student of Sustainable Resource Management at TUM, living in Freising. She has always been a big fan of travelling, languages, and cultures, so she was very excited to make the move to Germany and to join the Writing Fellow program. In her free time, she loves to listen to music, cook or bake, do all kinds of sports, and spend time outdoors.

Sophia Storkov - Management and Technology

I grew up in a Russian American family in Arkansas, USA. Growing up bilingual sparked my interest in languages and growing up in the Ozark Mountains marked the beginning of my love for reading and nature. During the completion of my B.Sc. in Business Administration, I taught supplementary accounting courses, and tutored various other classes, like business law. I am currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Management and Technology, and a M.A. in Science and Technology Studies (STS). In my free time, I enjoy spending weekends in the Alps hiking, running, biking, or swimming!

Erin Walker - Health Science

Erin was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, USA, where she also attended Ohio State University for her bachelor’s degree. Since then, she hasn’t stopped moving around. Upon graduation, she immediately started working as a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years in Malawi, where she lived and worked in the local language, Chichewa. It was there that she met German volunteers who inspired her to eventually move to Germany for her M.Sc. in Health Sciences in 2020. In her free time, Erin enjoys yoga, learning German, and all things musical theatre.

References: All pictures were provided by the Fellows themselves.