Rachel Diamond


Your name: Rachel Diamond

Your home town: Beloit, WI

Your major(s): I am a Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. Specifically the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Section.

Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?

Unfortunately, no.

What are your career plans? If I don’t pursue a career in academia, I am interested in science policy, advocacy, and administration.

What is your favorite book or author and why?  When I was a kid I loved Tamora Pierce. She has been my favorite author since I was 9. I still think that all young girls should read her books because the stories are empowering while staying fun and fantastical. I love so many other books that I read, that I am going to stick with my childhood favorite.

What is your favorite word? Proprioception. Or nadir. I still remember that one from studying for the GRE.

Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer:  My first year of graduate school I mentored a senior undergraduate student who was doing directed study in our lab. I didn’t think that I knew that much more than she did about writing or even reading about science. Working with her allowed me to reflect on good writing practices, and ever since that point, I have found it much easier to apply good revision practices to my own writing. I pretend I am mentoring myself and ask myself to explain my argument. It is still something I work on, but that was an elucidating experience.