The HGSE CommLab offers our master and doctoral students a variety of services and supports related to oral communication. Please take some time to review our service offerings below to see which best meet your acadmeic and professional needs. If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to our excellent team of Teaching Fellows. Their contacts can be found under Our Team.

One-On-One Appointments

  • Thirty-minute virtual appointment
  • Practice oral presentations
  • Storyboard and develop a slide presentation
  • Create an “elevator pitch” 
  • Organize and develop a conference poster 
  • Assistance with other mixed-media communication  

Small Group Appointments

  • One-hour virtual appointment for groups of 2-4 students
  • Practice small group oral presentations 
  • Storyboard and develop a slide presentation 

Dissertations & Capstone Defense Prep

  • One-hour virtual appointment  
  • Practice oral defense
  • Receive feedback on slide presentation, including structure, order, and design 
  • Tips for using visuals to communicate information and results 


  • One-hour interactive workshops providing broad exposure to introductory communication skills and frameworks  
  • Participants will practice relevant skills and receive concrete resources 
  • Topics: Developing a Digital Brand, Creating Academic Posters, Delivering an Effective Elevator Pitch and PowerPoint Basics.