Category Archives: Testimonials

Insights into cover letter contents

I worked with Lewis B. Loveland to craft his resume and cover letter. He sent this video testimonial about his experience.

If you’d rather read it, here’s what Lewis said:

Hello, my name is Lewis, and I would like to thank Science Refinery for the work that they did in editing my cover letter and resume for a job application. I particularly appreciate the insights they gave into how to write a cover letter and what sort of information should be in it. I also greatly appreciated the excellent customer service and the very quick turnaround on the project that Science Refinery produced, and I would recommend Science Refinery to anyone who is seeking advice on editing materials for science-based projects.

“I was immediately brought into three interviews.”

I worked with Matt S. of Denver, CO to craft his resume and online job search profile. He sent this video testimonial about his experience.

Here are the highlights:

  • “It was incredible work. The turnaround time was amazing. You always were willing to work with me on edits, and the result of that work was astounding.”
  • “I was immediately brought into three interviews. […] I credit that to your resume that you built for me.”
  • “All the information was laid out perfectly.”
  • “The best part of the resume experience that I had was our email exchanges because they were very non-critical. You were straight to the point of what needed to be changed.”
  • “It was a great experience all around.”

From the small details to the big picture

I recently worked with Robin to edit the website for her small business. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

Robin and sonI hired Lauren to edit my website ( I’m a potty training and elimination communication teacher and Lauren helped me fine tune my website content to effectively describe my potty training philosophy and services to potential clients. As an editor, Lauren focused in on the small details on each page such as punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors and she also focused on the website as a whole, making sure there was consistency between pages in my style and messaging, and that pages linked to each other in ways that enhanced the user experience. I felt that Lauren was able to look at my website from two points of view – she understood what I was trying to say and was able to offer suggestions for words and phrases that potential clients would want to read. Lauren was easy to work with and completed the task faster than her original estimated time. I highly recommend Lauren to others who are trying to launch their business and using their websites as a marketing and educational tool.

Beyond expectations

“Lauren is a great editor. She is very professional, reliable, and fast. She edited all chapters of my PhD thesis which is in the field of computer science and engineering.

She has a good sense to understand technical details. She fixed some issues without changing the technical meaning of the paragraphs.

The thesis ended up to be very well-formed. She edited some chapters even faster than my expectation. I strongly recommend her to anyone that is need of an editor that will deliver your document beyond your expectation.”

–H., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Helping you craft a final product to be proud of

Here’s what Brittany Buhalog had to say about her experience working with Science Refinery earlier this year:

BB“I’m a medical student at the University of Wisconsin, and getting accepted into a dermatology residency program is a very stressful process. I was asked by one of my top programs to send the residency director a PowerPoint slide about myself that would be projected on screen as the physicians were discussing how to ultimately rank me. I knew I needed a professional-looking yet visually striking final product, which is something I certainly could not create by myself! Lauren was able to strike the perfect balance between professionalism and aesthetics, and I was proud to send the final slide to the residency director. I will surely recommend and utilize Lauren’s services in the future.”

Science Refinery: Now with more Rhodes Scholar endorsements!

I am so proud to announce that Science Refinery is now officially endorsed by a Rhodes Scholar! Each year only 32 students from across the country get selected for this honor, so it’s kind of a Big Deal. I worked with Drew Birrenkott, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but soon to be headed to the University of Oxford, last fall to help him prepare for the rigorous in-person interview process. (Remember, Science Refinery can help you improve more than just your written articles! Check out the range of projects I work on here.)

Drew sent me his application essay and CV as well as documentation about common questions that previous applicants experienced so I could be the best mock interviewer possible. After reading through all the materials and jointly planning how we could use our sessions most effectively, we met via Skype to practice several times. Together we worked on everything from content to style to body language. I could tell Drew’s confidence improved greatly throughout the process, and when it was time for the real thing, I knew he would shine.

And shine he did! A few weeks later I got an excited call from Drew that he had been selected as the Rhodes Scholar from his region. Though of course all of the credit goes to Drew for his impressive work over the years, I am thrilled that I got to play some small part in his victory by working with him on interview practice through Science Refinery.

Without further ado, you can watch Drew discuss his experience with Science Refinery in this video. The transcript follows in case you’re unable to watch the video.

Hi, my name is Drew Birrenkott, I am a 2014 Rhodes Scholar, and I had the opportunity to work with Science Refinery on my Rhodes interview prep. What I appreciated most about Science Refinery was their flexibility. I have a very busy weekday schedule, and Science Refinery was able to work around that and we were able to find time on nights and weekends to meet and prepare.

Additionally, I had a lot of flexibility in the interview sessions themselves. At first, we were taking it question by question and discussing the answers afterwards. But as the interview day got closer, we sort of shifted gears and were doing full interview prep and discussing it all at the end, which was really helpful.

And the last thing I really appreciated about Science Refinery was their preparation. Before we even met, it was clear they had done a lot of work reading through my application materials and preparing hard, thought-provoking questions, which is a big thing for the Rhodes interview, as that’s what they try to do with all of their questions. So I really appreciated that level of preparation and it really made my Rhodes interview itself much better.

I would strongly recommend Science Refinery for all of your interview needs.

“Incredibly personable and upbeat…better all around…fabulous.”

Deb Rook, a doctoral candidate at UW-Madison, says the following about her experience working with Science Refinery:

Lauren edited job application materials for me. She was incredibly personable and upbeat during the experience, and not only helped with the grammar/syntax/spelling side of editing, but also in making my materials better all around- including suggestions about content, organization, etc. Her turn around time was also fabulous, my materials were returned in just a few days.

Shaping up a non-technical article into “something much more readable”

I worked with Thomas E. of Madison, WI to edit an article explaining nuclear power to the public. He sent this video testimonial about his experience. If you can’t watch it, here’s what Thomas said:

I recently had the pleasure of working with Science Refinery on a non-technical article I wrote about nuclear power. Since I typically write technical reports and papers, I had some unique challenges to overcome with writing a non-technical article for the first time in a pretty long while. Science Refinery helped get rid of all that passive voice and shape up my article into something much more readable. I definitely recommend working with Science Refinery for all your editing needs.

PS: Interested readers can find the article, “Nuclear Energy: The Safe, Clean, Cost-Effective Alternative,” here.

“My new resume is flawless”

Malick G., a student at Denison University, sent the following about his experience working with Science Refinery on his resume:

MalickScience Refinery has truly been a great help in improving my resume. Everyone can write a resume, but not everyone can deliver a professionally fine toned one. My new resume is flawless, the language used is attractive, and the format is nothing but eye catching. I would definitely recommend using Science Refinery because it has added value to my resume compared to the old one.