All Speaking Resources

The Bok Center

The Bok Center

Description

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching exists to enhance the quality of undergraduate education in Harvard College. Bok Center services are available to anyone teaching Harvard’s 6,400 undergraduates—faculty, lecturers, visiting instructors, teaching fellows and assistants, or course assistants—confidentially and without charge.

Contact: Main Office
Email Address: bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu 
Address: Science Center 318, One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Telephone: 617.495.4869

Who can use this resource?

  • Anyone teaching Harvard undergraduates

Key Resources:

  • The Graduate Writing Fellows: A semester-long program that fosters an interdisciplinary forum for participants to learn and practice effective attention to student writing.
  • Individual consultations
  • Advice on designing and grading writing assignments
  • Printed documents
  • Tip sheets on responding to student writing
  • Writing letters of recommendation
  • Resources for using writing in the classroom
  • Strategies and materials for using student self-assessment

Harvard College Office of Student Activities

Harvard College Office of Student Activities

Description

Harvard students have wide access to a variety of student-led organizations. The Office of Student Activities compiles general information about these organizations to help undergraduates navigate the many activities available to them.

Key Contact: Paul McLoughlin
Email Address: paul_mcloughlin@harvard.edu 
Address: University Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.1558

Who can use this resource?

  • All undergraduates

Key Resources:

  • Information about student organizations dedicated to debate and public speaking.

Crimson Toastmasters Club

Crimson Toastmasters Club

Description

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience. The tradition of Toastmasters' learn-by-doing program helps you become a better speaker and leader. A Toastmaster’s chapter meets at Harvard and faculty and employees may become members. Free documents about speaking are available at the club’s website.

Key Contact: Julie Wilson
Email Address: jwilson@camail.harvard.edu 
Address: 124 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd Floor
Telephone: 617.495.9082

Who can use this resource?

  • All faculty

Key Resources:

  • Weekly meetings
  • Group and individual speech evaluations
  • Documents providing information about general speechmaking skills

Bureau of Study Counsel

Bureau of Study Counsel 

Description

The Bureau of Study Counsel is a resource center for academic and personal development. Students consult the Bureau to improve their study skills and strategies (such as reading, note-making, exam-taking, time management, memory, public speaking, writing, etc.) and to talk about broader academic and personal concerns (such as motivation, adjusting to college, future direction, etc.)

Key Contact: Bureau of Study Counsel
Email Address: bsc@harvard.edu 
Address: 5 Linden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-5004
Telephone: 617.495.2581

Who can use this resource?

  • Registered Harvard College students
  • Registered degree candidates in FAS, HKS, and GSE

Key Resources:

  • Study Counseling
  • Workshops such as: Dissertation Writers Group; Perfectionism; Procrastination; What Are You Doing With Your Life?; Public Speaking
  • ESL Peer Consultation (Note: ESL Peer Consultants provide support for conversation and acculturation, but do not provide formal language instruction or proofreading.)
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Visit the Cranium Corner library of handouts in the Bureau reception area
  • Visit the "Self-Help" section of the Bureau web site, www.bsc.harvard.edu

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Description

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) offers multiple resources to graduate students in their capacity as students. For resources to help graduate students in their capacity as writing teachers, see in particular the Bok Center).

Key Contact: Garth McCavana
Email Address: mccavana@fas.harvard.edu 
Address: Holyoke Center 350, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Telephone: 617.495.1814

Who can use this resource?

  • All degree candidates at GSAS

Key Resources:

The GSAS Writing Tutor aims to provide students with practical, goal-oriented assistance in improving their writing and editing skills, and to encourage an awareness of the relation between writing, reading, thinking and knowing. The tutor can help you to craft persuasive arguments, to develop your prose style, to use sources more effectively and to master the art of revision. GSAS students are welcome to contact the Graduate Writing Tutor to discuss their goals for becoming a more accomplished scholarly writer.

  • Individual Counselor: Cynthia Verba
  • Dissertation Writer’s Support Group
  • For-hire writing editors

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services

Description

The Office of Career Services (OCS) supports all students and alumni of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in exploring and making effective career and educational choices. In this context, OCS offers printed materials, individual advising, and group information meetings on various aspects of career- and profession-focused writing, such as introductory letter writing, fellowship and graduate school essay writing, and converting CVs to résumés.

Key Contact: Deb Carroll, Associate Director, Employer Relations and Operations
Email Address: dcarroll@fas.harvard.edu
Address: 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.8050

Who can use this resource?

  • All faculty and visiting fellows
  • All registered undergraduate students
  • All registered graduate students
  • All College and GSAS alumni
  • All current resident tutors in the Houses
  • All full-time FAS special students

Key Resources:

  • Advising: Daily drop-ins 1:00-4:00pm, and by-appointment (across academic and professional disciplines)
  • Printed Materials:
    • “Resumes and Cover Letters”
    • “CVs and Cover Letters”
  • Workshops:
    • CVs and Cover Letters
    • Resumes and Cover Letters
    • CV, Resume, and Cover Letter Drop-in Reviews
    • “Power Half-Hour” Resume Workshops
    • Fellowship Proposal Writing
    • CV Writing for Scientists
    • Medical School Personal Statements
    • Law School Personal Statements

Speaking Prizes

Speaking Prizes

Description

The Prize Office has information on over 242 prizes available to students of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences -- across all disciplines, concentrations, and departments. Every year the Office of the Secretary at Harvard can award three prizes for excellence in speaking or oration and one for excellence in debate. The Prize Office strongly encourages faculty and students to review its website for details on how to recommend or apply for these awards.

Key Contact: FAS Prize Office
Email Address: fas-prizes@harvard.edu
Address: University Hall, Ground Floor, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.4780

Who can use this resource?

  • All undergraduate students
  • All graduate students

Key Resources:

  • 4 + speaking prizes