Hammond - Copy Editor - Downers Grove, IL, USA

Meghan Hammond

Downers Grove, IL, USA


Copy Editor


Part-time specialist in editing and consulting with graduate students at the University of Chicago on grant and fellowship applications for doctoral study, independent research, postdoctoral research, and job searches. I work with international and domestic students in all supported fields at the University, and love seeing students gain confidence in their writing. It is genuinely exciting and an honor to work with such top-notch individuals; I have the best job on the planet.

Work History

Manager, Graduate Student Outreach, Graduate Student Affairs

The University of Chicago

From January 2011

Manager, Graduate Student Outreach

University of Chicago

September 2011 - September 2011

Manage GSA's web presence and outreach to graduate students and administrative partners at UChicago. Oversee 3 suites of websites, as well as social media (esp. Facebook), and publish a weekly e-newsletter for all graduate and professional school students. Provide editing support for students on grant/fellowship applications, journal articles, dissertation chapters, etc.

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs

The University of Chicago

January 2008 - January 2011

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Affairs

University of Chicago

August 2008 - September 2011

I advise students on, and manage the accounts for, several graduate student fellowships and grants, co-lead the new graduate student orientation in the fall, and coordinate a number of grantsmanship and professionalization workshops throughout the year. I also advise students one-on-one regarding funding opportunities and their development as graduate students and professionals. Additionally, I manage communications for the office: editing a weekly email to all graduate & professional school students, a quarterly newsletter, and managing Graduate Student Affairs' web presence (including website content and site structure) and social media interactions (i.e., Facebook).

Outside of my direct responsibilities, I have also participated in divisional work groups (focused on technology needs and space management questions), the Sustainability Council, the Wellness Committee, and co-led an annual university-wide staff awards program. I liaise with Graduate Council to help plan programming and events like the Grad Student Social Series. Additionally, I have served as a Dean-on-Call, connecting students in emergencies with resources on campus.

Project Analyst, Campus & Student Life

University of Chicago

January 2006 - January 2008

Project Analyst

University of Chicago

October 2006 - July 2008

In my position of Project Analyst in the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students in the University, I work with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and the Deputy Dean of Students in the University for Administration and Planning. My projects include staffing student committees to inform University decision-making processes, working closely with students, faculty, and staff on the University's Sustainability Council, and close work with Student Government to ensure student voice is properly represented in campus processes. I also co-lead the Communications Strategy Team for the division, manage an annual awards program and hiring processes for student interns/workers in areas related to student life, and coordinate division-level staff hiring processes, in support of the work of the Deputy Dean for Administration and Planning.


More websites!

We've been working on putting together websites to support graduate students' campus life and mental health while in grad school. The latter is so often a topic swept under the rug, or shifted over to "someone else's office." I'm glad we're taking on the task of connecting students with more resources, since we see ourselves as a "connector" office, but it's a little overwhelming how much information we want to share! I hope those who need these resources will find our page...


January was a whirlwind of language-study fellowships (FLAS & Boren) and postdoc/teaching fellowships (too many to name)! It was great to get to know so many new students, but the lull of February is equally enticing. If you're working on your PhD, now is a great time to start getting ready for spring deadlines. At UChicago, that means internal write-up grants and now the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowships. These Fulbrights used to be due in October, but were moved up to June last year. Not ideal timing when students had only 45 days to get their applications together, but we're anticipating this earlier deadline this time around, so hopefully we'll all be back on track again! Hope to see more essays for review soon!


It's a regular Santa's workshop around here! Cookies! Breads! And maybe one more thing today???

'Tis the season

I hope students are taking advantage of the winter break to recharge their writing. It's a great time to get started in a writing group, or to work on getting drafts of proposals and other writing pieces started. Nothing makes you feel quite so accomplished in a new year like having a working draft ready to go to an advisor when you set foot on campus again. :o) Happy holidays!

Seja bemvindo!

Faz muito tempo que nao falei portugues (e nao tenho acesso aos diacriticos aqui - desculpe!), mas gostaria muuuuiiiiiito praticar a linguagem mais! Fala portugues??

Time for bread

One of my favorite smells in the world is fresh, homemade bread. Whether it's sandwich bread, rosemary rolls, cinnamon rolls, pao de queijo... doesn't matter. It smells like home when my oven's on. :o)

The fun never ends with grant applications!

I thought I'd be a little more... bored... at the end of the calendar year, but with more application deadlines in December and word getting out on campus that I'm doing this kind of editing, I've only gotten more work! It's great - keep it coming!

Qualifications & Certifications

Anthropology, A.M Degree

University of Chicago

Anthropology & Religion

College of William & Mary

Mount Vernon High School


University of Chicago


The College of William and Mary

Mt. Vernon High School

University of Chicago

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