Undergraduates

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

Writing Prizes

Writing 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 -- over 90 of which are awarded for excellent student writing. 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: Lisa Fountain
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:

  • 92 + writing prizes

The Harvard College Writing Program

Harvard College Writing Program (add link to new site)

Description

The Harvard College Writing Program requires all entering freshmen to take at least one course (Expos 20) and occasionally an introductory course, (Expos 10). An Expos course is “...one of the most intensive classes you will take at Harvard. In no other class will you get to concentrate directly on the craft of composing and revising ideas, and rarely will you receive as much personal attention from an instructor as you do in Expos.”

Key Contact: Tom Jehn
Email Address: expos@fas.harvard.edu
Address: 8 Prescott Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.2566

Who can use this resource?

  • All freshmen

Key Resources

  • Courses - Expos 10 and 20
  • Printed documents:
  • Writing with Internet Sources

The Writing Center

The Writing Center

Description

The Writing Center offers individual assistance to undergraduates on the structure, focus, and clarity of essays, research papers, and theses. The staff of the Writing Center welcomes visits from students at any stage of the writing process.

Key Contact: Jane Rosenzweig, Director
Email Address: wricntr@fas.harvard.edu 
Key Link:http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/
Address: Barker Center Room 19 (Garden Level), 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-1655

Who can use this resource?

  • All Harvard undergraduates

Key Resources:

  • Scheduled hour-long tutorials with Writing Center staff
  • Drop-in hours (Sunday-Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Senior thesis tutorials
  • Hand-outs (available on the Writing Center web site and at the Barker Center offices)
  • How to Read an Assignment
  • Moving from Assignment to Topic
  • How To Do a Close Reading
  • Overview of An Academic Essay
  • Essay Structure
  • Developing a Thesis
  • Beginning the Academic Essay
  • Outlining
  • Counter-Argument
  • Summary
  • Topic Sentences and Signposting
  • Transitioning: Beware of Velcro
  • How to Write a Comparative Analysis
  • Ending the Essay: Conclusions
  • Revising the Draft
  • Editing the Essay, Part One
  • Editing the Essay, Part Two
  • Tips on Grammar, Punctuation, and Style

Lamont Library

Lamont Library 

Description

Lamont is by mission and tradition the central undergraduate library in Harvard College.

Key Contact: Susan Gilroy, Head of Reference Services
Email Address: lamref@fas.harvard.edu
Key Link: http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/lamont/ 
Address: Research Services at Lamont Library, Level B, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617.495.2106

Who can use this resource?

  • All undergraduates
  • All faculty
  • All graduate students
  • All teaching fellows

Key Resources:

  • Expert assistance on site at the Reference Desk (Level B of Lamont Library)
  • In-depth research consultations by appointment, or by referral to subject specialists across the Harvard library system.
  • Email, IM, and telephone help in finding and using Harvard library resources.
  • Worskhops on citing sources with RefWorks (http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.eresource:refworks)
  • Tip sheets and printed handouts, designed to help with the writing and research processes.
  • Detailed online research guides (http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/).
  • Course-related instruction tailored to fit the writing assignments of Expos, FYSMs, Gen Ed, and all writing intensive courses taught at the College.

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