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The Writing & Oral Presentation Center


The Center | Writing Consultations | Oral Presentation Consultations | Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp | Other Graduate Resources | Meet the Staff | Upcoming Events and Announcements


The Center

The Writing and Oral Presentation Center is a very useful resource for NMT students. Our qualified graduate and undergraduate consultants can help improve your writing and oral presentation skills. Check out our links to find out more!


Main location: Fitch Hall Rooms 017 & 018
Hours: Monday – Thursday 1-5 PM during the academic semester (or email for appointment)

Satellite location: Office of Student Learning (OSL) Speare 102
Hours: Evenings 5-8 PM

Writing Center Email:

Writing Center Directors:

Dr. Steve Simpson (

Dr. Jesse Priest (

Walk-ins are welcome! However keep in mind that during the busy semester, we are not guaranteed to be available. We recommend scheduling an appointment.


Writing Consultations


Our Mission Statement

The mission of the NMT Writing Center is to provide a supportive, low-stress environment where students from all disciplines and of all abilities can receive writing guidance from qualified tutors. Working with individuals or groups in any stage of the writing process, we serve as impartial readers and respond to questions and concerns with the goal of helping students become better writers. Instead of simply producing better papers, our final aim is to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate and refine their own writing.

What We Can Help You With

• Class essays
• Research papers
• Master's theses
• Dissertations
• Résumés/CVs
• Employment/internship applications
• Statement of Purpose essays
• Student Research Symposium papers

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

• Bring a printed copy of your paper so we can give you feedback on your writing.
• For class writing assignments, please bring a copy of the assignment or rubric.
• It may also be helpful to bring books or any other resources you have used for your paper.
• Please visit us throughout your writing process as it makes revisions easier.


Oral Presentation Consultations


Our Mission Statement

The Oral Presentation Center (OPC) provides a supportive environment where students from all disciplines can receive public speaking and presentation guidance from a qualified peer tutor. With access to cutting-edge presentation technology, individuals or groups can plan, design, practice, review and refine presentations and posters and receive constructive feedback from an impartial audience. The OPC can assist with oral thesis defenses, seminar presentations, conference talks and posters, class presentations, and more!

What We Can Help You With

• Oral Presentations
• Thesis/Dissertation defense
• Conference talks
• Poster presentations

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

• It may be helpful to print copies of your presentation for our feedback.
• Please make an appointment with the oral presentation center well in advance of your presentation or defense.
• Schedule multiple appointments. Practice makes perfect!


Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp

Boot Camp participants workingThe Writing and Oral Presentation Center hosts the biannual Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp for graduate students. The purpose of Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp is to provide a quiet and distraction-free environment for graduate students to work on their theses or dissertations. This program runs for five days in which students have 5-6 hours a day of writing time. Short yet useful workshops are also scheduled throughout the week to help students with formatting, time-management, and other writing strategies. Many resources, such as computers (Mac, PC, and Linux), laptops, printers, large wall-mounted monitors, comfortable chairs, and work tables, are at your disposal. Writing center consultants are also available during the week to answer any questions and to discuss your writing. Writing groups are set up during the week to help support and motivate you. Snacks and coffee are provided!

This program is now a 1-credit class and is listed as COMM 580 in the course catalogue. Typically Thesis Boot Camp runs at the end of winter break and during the middle of summer break. Specific times will be posted closer to the dates.

2018 Boot Camp Forms here!


Fitch Hall Room 017 and 018.

How to Prepare

• Fill out the registration form and an Instructor Permission Form that must be signed by Dr. Steve Simpson. Once accepted, register for the class on Banweb (COMM 589.
• A Boot Camp Writing Plan also needs to be handed into Dr. Simpson. Please talk with your advisor and plan your writing schedule for the week.

Dr. Steve Simpson Contact Information:
Office: Fitch Hall Rm 016

What to Expect

Mornings typically consist of a short seminar on writing strategies, formatting, and productivity, followed by a check in with your writing group. Students are then able to write until noon, at which time there is a lunch break. The afternoon session starts at 1pm. There may be another short seminar or just writing until 5pm.


Other Graduate Student Resources

The WOPC offers numerous services for graduate students. Below, we’ve listed just a few. Please feel free to contact us about any of these resources or just to chat about other ways that we might help you as you work toward your degree.

Graduate Communication Courses

Dr. Simpson offers a 3-credit graduate communication course every fall semester, which is perfect for students looking for an introduction to graduate-level writing and presenting or for a structured environment for writing portions of a thesis or dissertation (COMM 575: Communication in the Sciences). This course is designed for both native and non-native English speakers!

Furthermore, the CLASS Department offers a number of advanced technical communication and humanities courses that can be taken at the graduate level. Please see our Graduate Programs page for more details.

Graduate Writing Groups and Writing Space

We offer assistance to graduate students in setting up and maintaining graduate writing or review groups. We also have quiet writing space (and coffee) for graduate students looking for a distraction-free place to write. Please contact for more information on these services (

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Tips

We can help with questions on formatting your thesis or dissertation for submission to the graduate school. We have compiled a list of resources for graduate students writing documents in MS Word or LaTeҳ at our GRADLINK page.

For help formatting in Microsoft Word, email us for an appointment ( For help using the NMT LaTeҳ thesis template, please email John Shipman (

ESL Support

We offer a variety of services for non-native English speakers, from one-on-one consultations on writing and oral presentations to support for improving conversational English. Please come visit us for more information on how we can help you (017, 018 Fitch).

The WOPC and International Student Services collaborates on its annual International Student Green Chile Roast
Above: The WOPC and International Student Services collaborates on its annual International Student Green Chile Roast.


Meet the Staff


STEM Communication Fellows

Who we are and what we do

The STEM Fellows are NMT graduate students who help staff the Writing and Oral Presentation Center. They are chosen based on their excellent skills in communication and are trained in working one-on-one with students on scientific and academic writing and presenting. Fellows also work closely with faculty and students from academic departments all over campus. Some of their duties include one-one-one or group writing consultations within the writing center and providing services to home departments, such as setting up writing groups and seminars.

STEM Fellows are available to work with students in Distance Education graduate programs. To set up a distance consultation, email us at

Meet the STEM Fellows

Phillip Clift

Phillip Clift

Hometown: Where the heart is...
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Area of Study: Materials Engineering, Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology
What I do for fun: Reading, writing, modding, designing, and building


Talysa Ogas

Talysa Ogas

Hometown: Los Lunas, NM
Department: Biology
Area of Study: Molecular Biology
What I do for fun:  I enjoy hiking, fishing, walking my dog, and spending time in the lab.
If I could have any super power it would be… Power mimicry or absorption – that way I could have multiple super powers!


Victoria Risley

Victoria Risley

Hometown: Bloomfield, NM
Department: Chemistry
Area of Study: Physical Organic Chemistry
What I do for fun: running, reading, baking, camping, and spending time with my family.
If I could have any super power it would be… the ability to heal others



Meet the Undergraduate Tutors

Antonia Barela

Antonia Barela

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
Department: CLASS
Area of Study: Technical Communication
What I do for fun: Creative writing, video games, baking, and sleeping.
If I could have any super power it would be… the ability to have infinite knowledge and be able to answer any question.


Carley Barron


Carley Barron

Hometown: Rio Rancho, NM
Department: Biology
Area of Study: Medical Ecology
What I do for fun: I play the flute.
If I could have any super power it would be… Invisibility.


Marqui Jungling


Marqui Jungling

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Department: CLASS
Area of Study: Technical Communication
What I do for fun: I love theological study, singing by campfires, and challenging (read: forcing) myself to do hard--but good--things.
If I could have any super power it would be… to always have all of my ducks in a row. 



Thomas Nicholson


Thomas Nicholson

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Department: CLASS
Area of Study: Technical Communication
What I do for fun: Competitive video gaming, swordfighting
If I could have any super power it would be… Airbending. But only if it comes with a flying bison.




Meet the Directors

Dr. Steve Simpson


Dr. Steve Simpson

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Department: CLASS
Area of Study: Technical Communication, ESL Writing, Science Writing
Research: I research forms of communication support for graduate students.
What I do for fun: When I’m not watching the Steelers, I read pulpy science fiction and gritty crime fiction or play around with my mandolin.
If I could have any super power, it would be… The ability to turn everything that I touch into a pot of coffee


Dr. Jesse Priest

Dr. Jesse Priest

Hometown: Farmington, Maine
Department: CLASS 
Area of Study: Composition Pedagogy, Writing Center Studies, Science Writing 
Research: I research how scientists talk to each other and the public, as well as developing Writing Center pedagogies. 
What I do for fun: I spend a lot of time talking to my cat, Hermie Meowville. I also try to travel as much as possible, often by searching for cheap flights and looking up new adventures!
If I could have any super power, it would be… Perfect memory! That would help me remember details and not get caught up in big-picture ideas.


Upcoming Events and Announcements

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Department Chair
Dr. Steve Simpson

Department Secretary
Liza Apache
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Fitch Hall
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Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: 575-835-5445     Fax: 575-835-5544