Graduate Studies in Computational Linguistics

Advising Information for Current CL MS Students

Each semester, there are set office hour times when Computational Linguistics MS Students can bring their questions, problems, or feedback to their advisors. This includes questions about curriculum and course selection, degree requirements, issues you're having in a class or in school, career planning, planning for PhD study, Exit Requirements, and anything else you'd like to ask about or discuss. 

In addition, Anna Esposito in the Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office is available on campus and by email and Zoom. Please email Anna at or (the Division of Science Graduate Affairs Office email) with questions, or to schedule a time to meet, in person or by Zoom. The Graduate Affairs Office can provide you with information related to your academic records, campus resources, and administrative questions.

Finally, for career advising, including questions about finding internships and jobs, resume review, offers and negotiation, preparation for industry receptions, this semester you can see the CL MS Career Advisors Nick Botchan, Virginia Partridge, and Zach Yocum. Please see below for their office hours, appointment links, and bios.

Spring 2023 CL MS Advising Office Hour Information

Please see the Director of Graduate Studies, Sophia Malamud (

Sign up for one or more back-to-back 10 minute slots, according to how much time you'll need using the Google Calendar appointment page:

Please DO sign up for multiple slots if you know you have a longer question and ONLY sign up for and attend times that have not already been taken by another student. We encourage attending in person, but you are welcome to come in either in person or on Zoom, according to whatever’s most convenient for you.

To see Sophia, come to Volen 215, or join on Zoom.

Spring 2023 Office Hour Times for Just the First Week of Classes (week of Monday, January 16):

  • Sophia: Wednesday, January 18, 11:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 4:05 - 5:25 p.m.

Regular Spring 2023 Office Hour Times (beginning Monday, January 23):

  • Sophia: Mondays 1:20 - 2:10 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:05 - 5:35 p.m.

If you cannot make any of the regular office hours, please send an email with several possible times that you can make to Sophia, and she will set up an appointment with you.

CL MS Career Advising Office Hour information

Please see any of the three career advisors for career advising.  If you would like to contact a career advisor over email, you can contact all three advisors by writing to

You can see their available meeting times on their appointment pages, below each bio.  Please DO sign up for multiple slots if you know you have a longer question and ONLY sign up for and attend times that have not already been taken by another student. 

NOTE: Web conferencing details for your appointment will be provided once you sign up.

Nick Botchan is currently a Director of AI Product Management at Cigna, serving a team that uses machine learning and natural language processing to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of healthcare in the United States. Prior to working at Cigna, Nick worked as a natural language processing engineer and researcher in several organizations, including QPIDHealth, which was acquired by Cigna. Nick graduated from the Computational Linguistics Master's program at Brandeis in 2012, and holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from UMass Amherst. 

Virginia Partridge is currently a Data Scientist at University of Massachusetts Amherst with special interest in natural language processing and information retrieval. She coordinates with academic, non-profit, and public sector partners, leveraging data to advance their research and organizational goals. Virginia also manages graduate student teams for the Data Science for the Common Good program, providing mentorship and technical guidance. Prior to joining UMass, she worked in industry on applications for medical record processing and multilingual dialogue systems.

Virginia holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Computer Science from Brandeis University (2012) and was a participant in the Russian Flagship program through Bryn Mawr College (2013). She is currently completing her MS in Computer Science at UMass Amherst.

Zach Yocum is a Senior Linguistic Data Engineer at Babel Street.  He has seven years of experience stewarding linguistic resources, educating software engineers about linguistics, and evaluating linguistic accuracy for the Rosette text analytics platform.  He received his MA in Computational Linguistics from Brandeis University (2015) and BA in Linguistics from University of Rochester (2011).