Oral Communication Tutors (OCTs)

OCT areas of specialization

Every OCT can provide speech coaching to students in any discipline. However, if you would like to select an OCT with a particular field of study, you may consult the list below.

For interviews, especially case interviews and scholarships, you may email your tutor in advance of your meeting to share materials relevant to your interview.  The OCT can review documents before your appointment if time allows.

Ian Christian Anstee

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Major: Philosophy and Religious Studies

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, nonverbal communication, and performative storytelling

Tutor specialty: Any stage of preparation!

Motunrolaolu Ruth Asebiomo

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Human Biology and TAPS and Education

Favorite topics to tutor: all topics!

Madelyn Sabena Boslough

Class of 2018

Marilu Krystal Bravo

Marilu Bravo

Class of 2019

Major: Biomedical Computation and Spanish

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, visual aid design

Susan Brewer

Areas of specialization: biosciences

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, mock interview

Leslie Herrington Bridges

Leslie Bridges

Major: Political science

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, storytelling, interviews, public speaking, and presentations

Tutor specialty: Any and all stages of preparation!

Suraj Bhagwan Bulchand

Suraj
Class of 2018
 
Major: Management Science and Engineering
 
Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, nonverbal communication, overcoming speech anxiety, public speaking, research presentations, PowerPoint, ESL

Seth Michael Chambers

Class of 2019

Major and Minors: Classics and History and Religious Studies

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interview, "Moves" of argumentation within presentations

Ting Wei Chang

Class of 2019

Major and Minor: Linguistics and Creative Writing

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2

Able to tutor in Chinese Mandarin

Newton Chung-Shing Cheng

Newton Chang

Major: Physics and Japanese

Class: 2018

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, presentations, research skills, public speaking

Tutor specialty: All stages of prep!

Janet Constance Coleman-Belin

Class of 2019

Major and Minors: Architectural Design and Biology and Human Biology

Favorite topics to tutor: Anything! My goal is to help you flourish wherever you are with anything you're working on.

Ethan Cruikshank

Class of 2020

Favorite topics to tutor: mock interview, PWR2, informal presentations

Davinson Faulkner Curtis

Davin Curtis
Major: Symbolic Systems (Cognitive Science concentration)
 
Class: 2017
 
Favorite topics to tutor: Thesis generation, oral delivery

Alex Dainis

Areas of specailization: genetics

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations and informal talks

 

Erika Nicole DePalatis

Class of 2019
 
Major: English
 
Favorite topics to tutor: Having confidence in public speaking!

Ari Cassidy Echt-Wilson

Ari Echt-Wilson

Major: Science, Technology, and Society 

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, effective uses of visual aids

Jaclyn Marie Feenstra

Jaclyn Feenstra

Major: International Relations

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, Powerpoint

Tutor specialty: Any stage of preparation!

Julieta Camila Fischer

Julieta

Major: Economics

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: Powerpoint, interviews, PWR2

Tutor specialty: Any stage of prep!

 

Emily Glassberg

Areas of specialization: biology

 

Lachlan McIntosh Green

Major: Symbolic Systems

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2 presentations, interviews, debate prep

Tutor specialty: All stages of prep!

Serena Elizabeth Harber

Class of 2019

Major: Human Biology

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, HumBio, presentations

Emma Jackson-Smith

Class of 2018
 
Major and Minor: Theater and Performance Studies and Creative Writing and Human Biology
 
Favorite topics to tutor: storytelling, voice, nonverbal communication, dealing with anxiety, performance

Nikita A Khlystov

Areas of specialization: engineering, biological sciences

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, elevator pitches

Robert Forest Kravec

Rob Kravec
Major: Chemical Engineering
 
Class: 2017
 
Favorite topics to tutor: Interviews, technical presentations
 
Tutor speciality: Mock case interviews

Lucas Benjamin Lawrence

Class of 2019
 
Major: Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies
 
Favorite topics to tutorPWR2 projects! Please come to me for anything, though :)

Michelle Lissner

Areas of specialization: microbiology and Immunology
 
Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, slide design

Danielle Elizabeth Lucas

Major: Architectural Design

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: Visuals, public speaking, workshops

Tutor specialty: Any stage of prep!

Lloyd Lyall

Class of 2019
 
Major and Minor: International Relations and Economics
 
Favorite topics to tutor: policy and social issues, political issues

Patrick Taylor O'Hare

Major: History

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, scientific or historical presentations

Tutor specialty: Anything stage of the prep process!

Jessi Piggott

Areas of speacialization: theater and performance studies
 
Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, effective speaking

James Pillot

Class of 2020

Major and Minor: Electrical Engineering and History

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, PowerPoint presentation, elevator pitches, mock interview, anything professional development related

Madison Jane Pobis

Class of 2019
 
Major: Earth Systems (Oceans and Climate)
 
Favorite topics to tutorPWR 2, scientific research, science as storytelling

Gabriel Rodriguez

Major: East Asian Languages and Cultures

6th year grad 

Favorite topics to tutor: Interested in all topics, including dissertation defenses, qualifying exam presentations, interviews, job talks, and conference prep

Emma Sarah Rothenberg

Class of 2019

Majors and Minor: History and Theater and Spanish

Favorite topics to tutor: storytelling, presenting with passion & clarity, speech anxiety

Able to tutor in Spanish

Ali Edip Sarilgan

Class of 2019

Major: Management Science & Engineering

Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, interviews, PWR2, storytelling, political speeches

Elizabeth Maurine Scholz

Major: Economics

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, presenting research, interviews

Tutor specialty: Organizing and structuring presentations

Kaitlin Margaret Schroeder

Class of 2019

Major: Human Biology, Notation in Science Communication

Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, Thinking Matters, mock interviews, slide design

Gawoon Shim

Class of 2018
 
Major and Minor: Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Literature
 
Favorite topics to tutor: technology, art, philosophy, literature, PWR2, research presentation

Ana Meireles de Sousa

Academic Focus: Biology, Developmental Biology

Postdoc

Favorite topics to tutor: Interviewing, research and conference presentations, pitches, job talks

Wendy Sov

Public Policy Co-term

Samantha Yao Starkey

Class of 2019
 
Major: Human Biology
 
Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2 and other public speeches, debate prep, engaging an audience, translating from academic writing to a speech format

Laynie Rebecca Stephens

Major: Public Policy (Education concentration)
 
Class: 2017
 
Favorite topics to tutor: PWR2, class presentations, public speaking
 
Tutor speciality: All stages of preparation!

Nantanick Tantivasadakarn

Class of 2020

Major: Symbolic Systems

Favorite topics to tutor: research presentations, brainstorming, and organization

Able to tutor in Thai

Amy Tarangelo

Areas of specialization: biology, natural sciences, humanities

Favorite topics to tutor: scientific talks, job talks, thesis/qualifying exam talks

Terence Theisen

Areas of specialization: biological sciences

Favorite topics to tutor: presentations and mock interviews

Dorothy Tovar

Areas of specialization: biological sciences, microbiology, immunology, ecology

Favorite topics to tutor: speech anxiety, science communication for broad and field-specific audiences, audience engagement

Able to tutor in Haitian creole

Shizuka Yamada

Grad OCT

Mackenzie Alexis Yaryura

Mackenzie Yaryura

Major: Public Policy

Class: 2017

Favorite topics to tutor: Presentations and interviews (case interviews and fit interviews)