The Office of Global Awards offers support and resources for all undergraduate students at NYU. For more information about graduate student support please see the bottom of this page.
Jenni Quilter is the Director of the Office of Global Awards and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Expository Writing Program at NYU.
From 2007 onward, Jenni has taught at the Expository Writing Program at NYU, working first with CAS and then Tisch students. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2012, and in 2014, won a coveted Golden Dozen teaching award for her sustained commitment to teaching and students. She has also taught personal essay writing workshops for scholarship, pre-med and pre-law students, worked as a Critical Thinking & Writing Instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Summer Academy (which is a bridging program for high-achieving Emirati high-school students interested in an international university education), and has developed writing classes and lecture series for a number of study-abroad programs across the Global Network University.
Prior to working at NYU, she taught at Oxford University, where she also obtained her Masters of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy in English Literature as a Rhodes Scholar, from New Zealand. Her academic research is in contemporary collaborations between artists and writers. She is the author of Neon in Daylight: New York School Painters and Poets (2014). Other publications include Jane Freilicher (2013) and Painters & Poets: The Tibor de Nagy Gallery (2012). Her essays have been published in Poetry, Agni, and The Southwest Review. She is currently working on a collection of essays.
Kris Larsen is the Assistant Director of the Office of Global Awards at New York University.
An employee of NYU since 2000, he began his career as an administrator for the Department of Psychology. For eight years he oversaw admissions to to the doctoral program in Social Psychology. In 2008, he began working for the Graduate School of Arts and Science in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Here he managed global and internal fellowships for GSAS students as well as graduate students from across the University.
Kris holds a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside and Stony Brook University respectively. During his time as a graduate student at Stony Brook University, in association with the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Kris gave panel presentations on phenomenology and architecture in Helsinki, Freiburg, and Nicosia.
Kris has intellectual and agricultural interests in wine and the wine industry. He has worked as a cellar rat for a prominent Oregon winemaker. Unable to produce, what he would call “good wine” in a Brooklyn apartment, his practice of zymology is currently limited to brewing beer.
Lorelei Ormrod is a Rhodes Scholar who studied twentieth century English Literature at Oxford and is now a Senior Lecturer in NYU's Expository Writing Program. Passionate about international education and civic engagement, Lorelei leads the Social Justice League for the Residential College of Goddard and Broome. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Morehead Scholars Program, responsible for mentoring outstanding student-leaders from across the US, UK, and Canada, and for coordinating their enrichment education of outdoor leadership expeditions, public service internships, overseas travel/study experiences, and career development placements. She also served as Junior Dean of Oxford University’s Jesus College; as Dean of Students for International Baccalaureate Summer Schools based in Oxford and Cambridge; and as a Warden and Tutor responsible for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of the IB curriculum at St. Clare’s International College in Oxford.
Gita DasBender is a Fulbright Fellowship Advisor and a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program.
Gita holds a Ph.D. in English Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and an MA in English from Rutgers University—Newark. Her research focuses on second language writing, assessment, writing knowledge transfer, writing center theory and practice, and teaching English in global settings. She is the author of Language: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2013) and her writing has appeared in the WPA Journal, Cerebration, and several edited collections including Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, Teaching U.S.-Educated Multilingual Writers: Practice for and from the Classroom,and Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White.
Prior to joining NYU, Gita was a Senior Faculty Associate and Coordinator of Second Language Writing in the English department at Seton Hall University where she also served as the Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships for the Provost’s office. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist award to Vietnam and spent six weeks as an academic consultant and multilingual writing expert at Ha Nam Teacher Training College in Phu Ly city and the Banking Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi. She is also the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Writing Assessment.
Amira Pierce is a Fulbright fellowship advisor and a language lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at Tandon.
Her short stories and essays have won prizes and appeared in various publications. She is an editor for failbetter and develops stories with U.S. military veteran writers for As You Were. Amira received her MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also worked with Fulbright candidates and became a Fulbright finalist to Syria, just as the war there was beginning. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon, has lived and traveled all over the U.S. and the world, and currently hangs out with her cat in Brooklyn.
Emily Stone is a Fulbright fellowship advisor and a lecturer in the Expository Writing Program.
A former resident of Guatemala, Australia, China, and Portugal, Emily is a writer of poems and essays that draw on academic disciplines ranging from media criticism to anthropology. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Fourth Genre, North American Review, and Tin House and been among the notable selections in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Gallatin. A recipient of teaching awards from Pittsburgh and the Expository Writing Program, she has also taught at Sun Yat-sen University in China. Emily is currently working toward a master's in food studies at Steinhardt.
You can make a one-on-one individual appointment to discuss drafts of personal statements, statements of grant purpose or drafted applications in their entirety. These appointments can be held in-person, and by Skype or telephone. Unless otherwise discussed, all in-person appointments will take place at 12 Washington Place. Please check your Google Calendar after making an appointment to confirm the room location.
Appointments are scheduled through Google Calendar. After you sign into your Google account, either your NYU account or your personal account, click on the advisor's name below with whom you wish to schedule an appointment.
Note: Currently, Kris Larsen is the only advisor holding regular advising hours.
On the day of your appointment, please email your advisor any drafts you would like to discuss and if the session will be in-person, by Skype, or by telephone. If we do not hear from you we will assume that your appointment will be in-person.
Wasserman has developed a comprehensive database of career opportunities that also include global awards. It’s a great resource to use if you want to search for all available award opportunities by subject, and eligibility requirements. See the NYU Wasserman website for more information about CareerNet.
The Writing Center offers 45-minute long individual consultations with experienced writing consultants. You can work on drafts of your personal statement or statement of grant purpose with these consultants. Keep in mind that they will not copy-edit your document for you; rather, they will ask questions designed to help you rethink the focus or underlying structure of your argument. If you do have grammatical issues, they will probably address it by pointing out the issue, explaining the rule, and having you correct your own document, with their guidance. Make sure you bring all relevant documentation (including scholarship prompts and outlines) along with hard copies of your drafts; they won’t be familiar with the minutiae of the scholarship to which you’re applying. You can register for an appointment on either the Washington Square or Brooklyn campus.
Graduate Students at NYU should feel free to use all the resources found under the webpages of the Office of Global Awards. When it comes to speaking with an advisor, graduate students should first contact their school specific advisors for information and support. Note: in many cases graduate fellowship applications are different than undergraduate fellowship applications. Pay close attention to any differences that apply to graduate students.