Broadies are welcome to make an appointment with the Communication Lab. We’ll support your communication work by having conversations with you about high-level principles like audience, structure, and message, rather than focusing on line-editing or grammar. We are particularly strong at brainstorming and outlining, and encourage you to include the lab in your process as early as you can so that you get the most out of the experience.

Option 1: Use our online scheduling system

The first time you use the system linked above, you will need to register. You will then be able to see all of the Fellows’ available times and pick one that will work best for you.
Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.

Option 2: Contact the Broad Communication Lab Manager

If none of the Fellows’ times work for you, or you want guidance figuring out which Fellow would be a good match, contact us. Let us know what you’re working on and when it’s due. We’ll help you get the coaching you need to meet your deadline.

Communication Lab Policies

Who can use the Broad Research Communication Lab?

  • The Broad Research Communication Lab’s services are free and available to anyone who is affiliated with the Broad Institute. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please contact the Communication Lab Manager to inquire.

How do Communication Lab sessions work?

  • Coaching sessions are kept confidential. Fellows do not share information about client relationships and work.
  • Sessions can be no longer than 60 minutes.
  • All coaching sessions must take place in public locations such as the Broad, a café, or a library.
  • If a client misses three appointments, s/he will not be able to take advantage of the Communication Lab during the following four months.

What can and can’t I expect Communication Fellows to do?

  • Fellows will have conversations with clients about their work. Fellows may use video chat, phone, or other media options to have such conversations.
  • Fellows do not provide written feedback.
  • Fellows are not obligated to read client documents or otherwise prepare before sessions. If you plan to work on a longer document in one session, think in advance about which specific sections or elements would be most helpful for you to focus on during your session.
  • Fellows are not available for private hiring or contract work, and will not accept gifts from clients.
  • Fellows do not replace TAs or course instructors.