Testimonials, Beth Riley, Ph.D.

Riley & Cohen - Editing Grant Proposals

I have known Beth Riley for over 15 years and she has helped me and my research group tremendously by editing grant proposals, articles, book chapters, and other material. Beth’s editing work is superb and she does not flinch under pressure. She works fast and always meets deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with—always reliable, honest, and a team player. I will continue to work with her for as long as she is available and recommend her most highly.

Pierre F. Baldi, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics
University of California, Irvine

Beth Riley is an exceptional writer and editor. She has helped me with several high-level nominations, and I have always been impressed by how well she can articulate, highlight, and integrate research contributions, even on disciplinary and esoteric topics. She has helped me with the production of the Proceedings of an international conference, and again here her skills were superb. She has experience in proposal and paper editing, and her help with some of our junior faculty has resulted in much more competitive and well-articulated documents.

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou
UCI Distinguished Professor & Henry Samueli Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth System Science
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine

I’m writing in strong endorsement of Dr. Beth Riley’s qualifications as scientific editor. I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Riley on research grant applications during my faculty tenure at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and continued to benefit from her guidance after moving to Boston University. From 2009 and ongoing, I have submitted more than 20 major grants to NIH, HHMI and other funding entities that resulted in research funding exceeding 10 million dollars. Dr. Riley edited every single application for grammar, word usage, style, and structure as well as clarity and logic. In addition to grant applications, I trusted her expertise with polishing some of the more important research papers. In all our interactions, Dr. Riley demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, attention to my deadlines, and extremely thorough approach that always went beyond expectations. I hope to continue working with Dr. Riley in the future and have recommended her services to many colleagues. Please feel free to contact me directly with any inquiries regarding my experience of working with Dr. Riley for the last 13 years

Professor Ruslan Afasizhev, Ph.D.
Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
Boston University Medical Campus

I have known Beth Riley for several years. I used Beth’s services for the first time for the purposes of editing a proposal in preparation to be submitted to NSF. It was my first proposal in the U.S., and she was extremely professional, and gave me great advice to make my proposal innovative and clear in a timely manner. After that, I have been using her services for all sorts of projects, including lab reports and manuscripts to high-impact journals. She does not only correct inconsistencies in the text, but also seeks to enhance the impact of the writing she is working with. Her proofreading corrections, comments and suggestions are wise and have given me high confidence in my writing. Working with Beth has made my work more engaging, and has enabled peer reviewers to focus on the evidence from the research. I am extremely confident in recommending Beth.

Guaciara Macedo dos Santos, Ph.D.
Research Project Scientist
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine

I have worked with Beth for over 10 years submitting hundreds of successful proposals together at UCI. Beth has the unique ability to thoroughly edit a scientific document in a way that makes it read clearly without changing the scientific meaning. She is also extremely fast and thorough; she is amazing at catching every grammatical mistake.

Dr. Lori Greene
Assistant Dean for Engineering Research Management
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine

Beth worked successfully, for more than six years, with my office and a number of units on campus in preparing award nomination letters for faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. Her ability to write compelling nomination letters that are clear and accessible to both expert and lay audiences is remarkable. She is also extremely efficient and a pleasure to work with.

Diane O’Dowd
Vice Provost, Academic Personnel
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, 
Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California, Irvine

Beth Riley has helped me with several grant proposals over the years. She is very professional, with an excellent eye for structure and content. She offers suggestions and explanations to close up gaps in the narrative and improve the messaging that we’re trying to communicate. Each suggestion makes a stronger and more coherent proposal. Beth is detail-oriented, thoughtful, and gets the project done quickly.  I believe that she has been instrumental in improving our grant acceptance rate.

Cherall Weiss, Director (ret.)
Project Adult Literacy
Newport Beach Public Library
Newport Beach, CA

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