Booking an Appointment
1 Hour sessions
If you need more personalized help with scientific communication, you are in the right spot! We deliver personalized consultations with department-specific feedback.
Click on your department to fill out a form that will allow you to book an appointment with a Fellow. You will need to sign in with your Microsoft account that is associated with Northeastern. Within each form, you will need to click again on your department.
Not in any of those departments?
We would love to extend our services! Please fill out this short form in order so that we can try to make it happen. In the mean time, you can attend our weekly Office Hours and check out our Workshops and Resources pages.
What kind of communication can the CommLab help with?
We can help with all kinds of documents that are for the purpose of scientific dissemination, either in the classroom or in the research world. We can assist you in any stage of development, from brainstorming initial outlines to almost-there documents. We strongly believe that getting feedback as early as possible in your writing stages is the most beneficial for your development as a scientific communicator.
Any kind of writing assignment for a engineering class, from lab reports to short proposals
Poster Content & Design
For university meetings, conferences, and the like.
Presenting technical information? We can help with slide design, content, or presentation style.
Is your qualification exam a written proposal or a presentation? We can help!
Breaking down the thesis into chapters is a useful way to obtain feedback.
Research and Personal Statements for the NSF GRFP, NDSEG, among others
Another perspective other than your PI’s and your lab-mates might be refreshing and useful to writing to a wider scientific audience.
Proposal and Defense
What Should I Expect?
Before the Session
Once you sign up for an appointment, a Fellow will reach out to you via email within 24 hours. The Fellow will provide either a Zoom link to a virtual meeting or room details for a in-person meeting (Currently, we only do virtual meetings).
We do not read any documents beforehand, but we would like to get a sense of what kind document we would be working on with you.
During the Session
We first go over the type of document and its expectations. If it is a writing document, typically the Fellow or you will read the document aloud. This allows you and the Fellow to catch mistakes that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. Don’t be shy to interrupt! This session is meant to be an interactive discussion, not a passive learning experience.
After the Session
Right after the session, the Fellow will prompt you to fill out a short online survey form about the meeting. This form will not ask for your name; we hope that this anonymity will help you in filling out the form honestly. The Fellow will also fill out a similar form at the same time.
We take this feedback seriously, so that we can continue to provide you with the best help possible and further refine our services.