Ph.D. Students

Mecaila Montes Smith
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
    • Writing Program
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • McHenry 3170
  • Office Hours Spring 2015 Office Hours: Mon 4:15-5:15, Tues 3-4:30
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Since fall quarter 2013, I have worked with Professor George Bunch on a research project that looks at language/literacy and language-minority students at the community college level.  


Biography, Education and Training

Hello. I’m a second year PhD student in the education department. My areas of interest include writing in the STEM fields, higher education, and freshman composition. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, I lived in upstate New York where I was a fellowship adviser at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

I have a bachelor’s degree in literature (UC San Diego), a secondary school teaching credential in English education (Cal State Long Beach), a Master’s degree in management (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and a Master’s degree in educational administration (University at Albany, SUNY).


Honors, Awards and Grants

Cota-Robles Fellowship

Blue and Gold Travel Grant

Education Department Seed Grant