The chair is the chief academic officer of the department or committee and is responsible for providing leadership in the formation and implementation of policy regarding the educational experiences of undergraduate and graduate students.

The director of graduate studies of a department or committee helps to create an environment that encourages the professional development of all its graduate students and organizes programs to support this development. The director of graduate studies may offer skills workshops or colloquia focusing on strategically choosing courses or seminar paper topics for pre-generals students and colloquia providing instruction and support for presenting papers and writing journal articles for post-generals students. The director of graduate studies monitors the academic progress of the graduate students and participates in the establishment of departmental policies.

The director of administrative services, administrative officer, or department administrator is responsible for the implementation of policy and acts as a liaison between University and FAS offices and the department or committee. In some departments this administrator serves the role of the graduate student coordinator.

The graduate student coordinator is a liaison between the Graduate School and the department or committee and implements department and Graduate School policy. This individual provides information on resources available to graduate students within the department or committee and throughout the University. The graduate student coordinator aids the faculty in monitoring the progress of graduate students.

For information about the structure of a specific department or committee, please contact that department or committee.


Michael Burke, registrar
Carolyn Brzezinski, associate registrar for strategic programs and planning
Beverly Tyler, associate registrar for academic planning
Maggie Welsh, associate registrar for enrollment services

See Chapter V, Registrar’s Office.


Center for Academic and Personal Development

The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) offers academic, personal, and consultative services for graduate students to help them thrive in their education, personal development, and work at Harvard. Services include academic and personal counseling; workshops and discussion groups related to student life and learning such as Dissertation Writers’ Support Group, Time Management, Speaking Up in Class, and What Are You Doing With Your Life?; academic peer tutoring in specific courses; peer consultation for English conversational skills for non-native English speakers; the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies; and professional consultation for teaching fellows and residents tutors/proctors on issues related to their work with undergraduates. BSC services are confidential, in keeping with applicable legal and professional services. The BSC is a department of the Harvard University Health Services.


The Bok Center offers faculty, graduate student teaching fellows (TFs) and other instructors of Harvard undergraduates a wide variety of training programs and resources to enhance teaching. The Center was established in 1975 to improve the quality of undergraduate education at Harvard College and to honor President Derek Bok. Harvard’s continuing support of the Center reflects a belief that research, teaching, and learning are compatible at the very highest levels.

In addition to video consultations and work on classroom dynamics, the Bok Center focuses on course design, creative assignments, and the uses of multi-media in the classroom. The Center works with faculty early in the process of conceiving their courses, and trains Teaching Fellows once their courses are launched. The Center offers the following programs, services, and initiatives for graduate students and TFs:

  • Teaching Conferences. At the beginning of each semester, the Center runs one or two-day Teaching Conferences offering strategies for improving classroom practice with introductory tracts for teaching in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Practice Teaching (Microteaching). The Center helps courses and departments set up “microteaching” sessions or practice teaching with peers and expert consultants in small groups.
  • Teaching Certificate Program. The program combines existing Bok Center offerings with new seminars on multi-modal communication from speaking to digital media, teaching portfolios, etc. Graduate students complete a curriculum and receive a teaching certificate.
  • Seminar on Designing the Courses of the Future (supported by the Teagle Foundation and GSAS). Graduate students nominated by departments are selected for a 12-week seminar.
  • Departmental Teaching Fellow Program. The Center trains and mentors experienced Teaching Fellows to enhance teaching in their departments by providing individual consultations, training programs, seminars, workshops, and conducting other teaching related projects.
  • Teaching in the American Classroom. This program provides international TFs with support focused on oral communication skills, culture, and pedagogy through Teaching Certificate courses, workshops, individual consultations, and oral English proficiency assessment.
  • Graduate Writing Fellows Seminar. The seminar focuses on developing writing assignments and giving feedback on undergraduate written work.
  • Program in Public Speaking. The program explores public speaking strategies for the classroom and academic professional life, workshops on speaker anxiety, and the design and evaluation of speaking assignments.
  • Head TF Network. The Network offers support, advice and workshops for HTFs in General Education and other courses.


For the Broader Harvard Teaching Community, the Center offers The Bok Blog.

The Bok Center is regarded as one of the world’s premier teaching centers and hosts numerous international visitors, and leaders from teaching centers around the country who learn from and inform its practices.


Robin Mount, director of career services and director for GSAS and PhD advising
Laura Stark Malisheski, assistant director and coordinator for GSAS and PhD advising
Heather Law, assistant director for GSAS and PhD advising

The Office of Career Services (OCS) offers assistance to GSAS students and alumni preparing for academic and nonacademic careers. Through individual counseling, workshops, guest speakers, work groups, and extensive library and alumni resources, the office provides information about career opportunities and instruction in the process of self-assessment, career exploration, and the job search.

The GSAS counselors work with students individually and in groups to guide them through the career development process. Academic job search panels and workshops are held both at OCS and in some academic departments. Interview training is available for those preparing for professional meeting interviews, campus visits, or nonacademic jobs. The online OCS Dossier Service keeps letters of recommendation from professors on file and sends them out on request, and is available to all GSAS students applying for academic positions, postdoctoral positions, or fellowships.

Students considering nonacademic careers can explore options by talking with a GSAS counselor and by attending workshops and programs such as the annual Leveraging Your PhD in the Work Place, Career Jump Start series, and the Job Acceleration Work Group. Students may also make use of extensive resources, job listings, and recruiting opportunities including Crimson Careers (an online jobs and internship database, including on-campus recruiting opportunities), Crimson Compass (an online database of alumni who have volunteered to talk to students about their career fields), and several career fairs.

The programs and events developed by the office are announced in the GSAS Bulletin and are listed on the OCS calendars. Students may also subscribe to email listservs to receive timely information related to academic and non-academic careers. Drop-in hours are held Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, and students may schedule an individual appointment through the Crimson Careers system. Please direct any questions to the OCS front desk at 617-495-2595.


Dr. Cynthia Verba

In addition to administering the major GSAS fellowships competitions and the Fulbright programs, Cynthia Verba offers individual counseling and other services to assist students with a variety of issues related to fellowships and professional development: how to write a polished fellowship proposal, how to prepare a curriculum vitae, how to approach professors for letters of recommendation, how to make effective use of both the formal and informal graduate advising process, how to engage in professional activities such as colloquia, delivering papers at professional meetings or publishing articles, and how to finish the PhD degree in a timely fashion. For appointments, call 617-495-1814. Counseling on these issues is complemented by workshops and publications. The following publications are available to all GSAS students at the GSAS website:

  1. Scholarly Pursuits: A Practical Guide to Academe, with samples of winning applications, is also available in print format free of charge to GSAS students at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.
  2. The Graduate Guide to Grants
  3. The Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships


Detailed information on Fulbrights and major Harvard fellowships is also available on the GSAS fellowships website.


The GSAS Writing Tutor, Dr. Suzanne Smith, offers free individual consultations to graduate students working on their writing, including dissertations. Students at any stage of their writing may sign up for one-hour conferences with a specially trained tutor. Contact the writing tutor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Harvard Writing Project

Phone: 617-495-2566

The Harvard Writing Project can help teaching fellows learn how to encourage their students to write better, more persuasive papers. HWP consultants are available to help organize special TF training sessions, develop course-specific teaching guides, and lead workshops on responding to and evaluating student writing, designing writing assignments, and teaching the writing process.

For more information about working with an HWP consultant, contact Dr. James Herron, director of the Harvard Writing Project, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Harvard Library, founded in 1638 with a gift from John Harvard, is the oldest library in the United States and the largest university library in the world. It consists of more than 17 million volumes housed in more than 70 libraries, most of which are located in Cambridge and Boston. More than half of these volumes are located in the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).

The Harvard College Library comprises the largest group of FAS libraries. In addition to Widener Library and Houghton Library (described below), the College Library includes Cabot Science, Lamont, Fine Arts, Loeb Music, Harvard-Yenching, Tozzer, and Fung. There are, as well, a number of special and departmental libraries within FAS.

Along with Cabot Library, the sciences are represented by Tozzer (anthropology), Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, Blue Hill Meteorological Library, Botany Libraries, Center for Astrophysics Library, Chemistry Library, Birkhoff Mathematical Library, Gordon McKay Library of the Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard Forest Library, Mayr Museum of Comparative Zoology Library, and Physics Research Library.

Libraries for the social sciences include Lamont, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard-MIT Data Center, Henry A. Murray Research Archive, Center for European Studies Library, Center for International Affairs Library, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Library, and Fung Library.

The humanities are represented by Widener Library (see below), the Fine Arts Library, Loeb Music Library, Harvard-Yenching Library, History Departmental Library, Houghton Library (see below) and Robbins Library of Philosophy.

Other Faculties of the University maintain libraries, including the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Baker Library (Harvard Business School), Countway Library of Medicine, Gutman Library (Graduate School of Education), Law School Library, Library of the Harvard Kennedy School, Loeb Library (Graduate School of Design) and Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America (Radcliffe Institute).

More specific information on the holdings and the facilities of the libraries can be found on the Harvard Library website, which provides access to HOLLIS (Harvard Online Library Information System) catalog, other major university catalogs, and a variety of online resources. Individual library websites are also good sources of information.

Most libraries offer reference assistance in using the collections. The Research Services staff of the HCL libraries offers in-depth assistance including course-related instruction sessions and individual research consultation online.

Many libraries maintain materials on reserve for GSAS courses.


Graduate students with valid IDs have access to most of Harvard’s libraries. However, each library establishes its own access policies, and these may vary significantly from one to the next.

All GSAS students, regardless of year, are automatically given extended loan for regular loan items at Widener Library. The information regarding extended loan is on the HCL website and below is a summary:

GSAS G1 – G3 students may request extended loan privileges at the Fine Arts and Loeb Music Library in person or by filling out the online form at the link above.

For libraries not mentioned here, GSAS students may inquire at the individual library to see if extended loan is available.

Graduate students should consult individual libraries and the Harvard Library website for specific information about library hours and circulation and reserves policies. Library privileges for spouses of students may be arranged at the Library Privileges office at Widener Library, Room 130.

Graduate students may apply for an assigned carrel in Widener or Pusey Library online or in the Widener Billing Office, Room 135. A limited number of carrels are available to graduate students in Tozzer (anthropology), Loeb Music (music), and Harvard-Yenching (East Asian studies) libraries. Inquire at each for details.

Students requiring accessible library services are directed to the circulation desks of individual libraries for assistance in getting books. If special arrangements are required, students should contact the staff of the individual libraries.


Every user of the library has a responsibility to safeguard the integrity of library resources; to respect the restrictions placed on access to and the use of those resources; to report to library officers the theft, destruction or misuse of those resources by others; and to respect the rights of others to the quiet use of the library. All libraries and their staff are authorized to take appropriate action to ensure the safety and security of library spaces, resources, and patrons.

The University’s libraries are maintained for its students, faculty, staff, and other authorized members of the University and scholarly community. Except when specific authorization is granted to a commercial user, the systematic exploitation for profit of library resources, including its databases, is prohibited. It is inappropriate for students and others to sell data or to act as agents for those who do or to use their library privileges for reasons other than their personal academic pursuits.

Students who fail to comply with library rules and regulations will be subject to revocation of library privileges, disciplinary action, and legal prosecution. In particular, the unauthorized removal of any book, manuscript, microform, or other materials or property and the destruction, defacement, or abuse of any library materials or other resources are matters of grave concern. All library users will be subject to the fines and penalties of the administering faculty and of the University as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts governing crimes against property.


Widener Library, located in Harvard Yard, is the largest library of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and contains the largest research collection in humanities and social sciences, including primary collections in Slavic, Middle Eastern, and Hebrew and Yiddish languages. East Asian vernacular materials are held in the Harvard-Yenching Library. Widener also houses several departmental and special libraries, including Child Memorial Library (English and American literature and language), Gibb Islamic Seminar Library, History of Science Library, Linguistics Library, Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Library, Paleography Library, Robinson Celtic Seminar Library, Sanskrit Library, and Smyth Classical Library. Library tours are held every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. during the term. Individual consultations are available year-round by appointment.

Parts of the building are wheelchair accessible from the Massachusetts Ave. entrance.


The Houghton Library, the principal repository for the rare books and manuscripts belonging to Harvard College, is located east of Widener Library in Harvard Yard. The Reading Room is open to all adult scholars. Departments of Houghton, each with a curatorial staff, include Early Books and Manuscripts, Modern Books and Manuscripts, Early Modern Books and Manuscripts, the Hyde Collection of Samuel Johnson and his Circle, Printing and Graphic Arts, and the Harvard Theatre Collection. The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room (located in Lamont Library) contains a collection of contemporary books and recordings, and is also a part of Houghton. Houghton’s Edison and Newman exhibition room is normally open during library hours. Tours of the library, including the Emily Dickinson, Keats, Hyde, Lowell, and Richardson rooms are given Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Call 617-495-2440 or 617-495-2441 to make arrangements for wheelchair access.


The Research Libraries Group (RLG) is a not-for-profit organization of more than 150 research libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. It was founded in 1974 by The New York Public Library and Columbia, Harvard, and Yale universities. To determine which schools and institutions are members, check http://www.oclc.org. Select About RLG and then Members. Visiting PhD students in degree programs at member schools have reading room privileges at Widener. GSAS students visiting a member school should contact the library privilege office at that school to determine the privileges it provides.


The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Institute furthers this mission through three programs: the Fellowship Program annually supports the work of fifty leading artists and scholars; Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public; and the Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

The Institute contributes to the richness of a graduate student’s intellectual experience at Harvard by offering grants, supporting internships, and hosting lectures with intriguing scholars doing pioneering work:

Radcliffe Institute Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Each year, the Institute offers a few Radcliffe Institute Dissertation Completion Fellowships to doctoral students in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Radcliffe Institute graduate fellowships provide a stipend of $25,000, tuition and health fees, and a workspace with a computer at the Radcliffe Institute’s Byerly Hall. Radcliffe Institute graduate fellows reside in Cambridge during the fellowship year and participate in the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program by attending weekly talks and lunches with Radcliffe Institute fellows at the forefront of the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grants

The Schlesinger Library, the world’s premier repository of materials documenting the lives and work of American women, awards dissertation grants up to $3,000 to scholars for a variety of research projects that require the use of its special collections and resources. Dissertation grants are open to men and women who are enrolled in a doctoral program in a relevant field, have completed their course work toward the doctoral degree, and have an approved dissertation topic by the time the application is submitted. For example, in 2011–2012, Josie Rodberg at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences earned a grant for “Human Rights, Women’s Rights, States’ Rights: The Struggle over Federal Family Planning Programs in the United States” and in 2012–2013, Lina Verchery of GSAS was awarded an Oral History Grant for “Le Grand Derangement: Contemporary Stories of Acadian Women in Exile.”


Doctoral students interested in policy-related issues are encouraged to learn more about Radcliffe/Rappaport Summer Doctoral Public Policy Fellows that are a part of the research initiatives led by Academic Ventures. Students selected as doctoral fellows will receive a stipend and work full-time in positions with the City of Boston or in other state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area.


Graduate students are welcome to attend the Institute’s events—annual lecture series, conferences, science symposia, and exhibits—to share discoveries and engage scholars and faculty from around the world and across all disciplines. In recent years, graduate students have attended large two-day conferences and small lunches featuring the former vice president (now president) of Malawi, the first woman Supreme Court justice, legendary filmmakers, renowned American economists, best-selling novelists, and leading climate change scientists and policymakers.


The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study allows Harvard graduate students to promote new ways of thinking and seize opportunities to advance their work. Learn more about the people, events, and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


Harvard’s museums offer some of the finest collections of their kind in the world. A valid ID card provides free access to all of the University museums. A brief description of the permanent collections of some of the museums is provided below. The Harvard Gazette lists special exhibitions and events on an ongoing basis. The museums’ websites provide extensive background about the collections and exhibitions. Pamphlets for the Harvard museums are available at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Information Center.


The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. Founded in 1872 and designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Arboretum’s first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, the 281-acre Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes. Established as a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University, the Arboretum is a unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution. The Arboretum provides and supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of woody plants. The Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best documented woody plant collections in the world, with more than 15,000 living plants. The Arboretum supports studies in a diverse range of disciplines, from organismic and evolutionary biology, molecular and developmental biology, and plant physiology, to studies in ecology, environment, and biodiversity. Facilitating investigations in its world-renowned living collection by staff and visiting scientists from around the world, the Arboretum also sends its scientists abroad to collect and study plants in their natural environments.

Facilities include the Weld Hill Research Building with twelve greenhouses, state-of-the-art laboratories, and growth chambers. The herbaria—systematic collections of dried and mounted plants from all over the world—encompass more than five million dried plant specimens. It is divided between two locations, the Hunnewell Building (125 Arborway) and the Harvard University Herbaria (22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge). The libraries, also in the two locations, contain more than 250,000 items, including reference books, serials, pamphlets, catalogs, manuscripts, and photographs. The libraries are open to faculty, staff, and students; the Hunnewell Building library is also open to the general public.

The Arboretum is located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston and is accessible by public transportation. The landscape is open dawn until dusk every day of the year, and there is no admission charge. Free tours are available April–November. Adult education classes are offered year-round. April through October, the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Wednesdays); November through March, the Visitor Center is open noon to 4:00 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). Weekday access for restrooms and business guests begins at 9:00 a.m.


The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum is dedicated to Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum focuses on works from central and northern Europe with a special emphasis on the art of German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to Asian, ancient, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century, they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country. To learn more about the collection and browse artworks online, visit the Art page.

In June 2008, the Harvard Art Museums building at 32 Quincy Street, formerly the home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, closed for a major renovation and expansion. The building that housed the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway remained open through spring 2013, providing access to the collections of all three museums. In order for the Harvard Art Museums to conduct the final phases of the project, including the installation of the galleries in the new facility, the Sackler Museum’s galleries were closed on June 1, 2013. Offices, classrooms, and the lecture hall at 485 Broadway remain open for staff, faculty, and students, and for events. When complete in the fall of 2014, the renovated historic building on Quincy Street will unite the three museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano.

To keep up with news and events at the Harvard Art Museums, sign up for the monthly email newsletter or join the Harvard Art Museums on Facebook and Twitter.

Students are invited to join as Student Members of the Harvard Art Museums. Student Members enjoy full membership benefits, including invitations to members-only events; subscriptions to Index magazine and monthly email newsletters; discounted tickets to lectures, seminars, and concerts; and discounts on Harvard Art Museums publications. Annual Student Membership is $45. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to use the digital resources of the Harvard Art Museums for their teaching and research. For more information, contact Jessica Levin Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Students are also invited to apply for the Graduate Student Gallery Teachers program, which provides training on leading museum experiences for K-12 school groups. In the coming year, graduate students will play a central role in the design of this program. If interested in object-based teaching for young audiences, please contact Corinne Zimmermann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Adolphus Busch Hall at 29 Kirkland Street, the former home of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, presently houses plaster casts of medieval art, an exhibition on the history of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and a famous Flentrop pipe organ, used regularly for Harvard’s organ concert series. See the Harvard Organ Society’s website for schedule.


Located in the new wing of the Science Center, the department of the History of Science’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments contains one of the finest university collections of its kind in the world. With close to 20,000 artifacts dating from the 15th century to the present, the collection covers a broad range of disciplines, including astronomy, navigation, horology, surveying, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics, biology, medicine, chemistry, experimental psychology, and communications. Noteworthy among these are scientific instruments that Harvard purchased in London with the help of Benjamin Franklin in 1764 after a disastrous fire destroyed the College’s philosophical apparatus in the old Harvard Hall.

The historical value of the instruments is greatly enhanced by original documents preserved in the Harvard University Archives and by more than 6,500 books and pamphlets in the collection’s research library that describe the purchase and use of many of the instruments.

Harvard University has been acquiring scientific instruments for teaching and research for over 300 years, but it was not until 1948 that a serious attempt was made to preserve its historical apparatus as a resource for students and faculty. Since the first exhibition of instruments was held in 1949, the collection has grown rapidly both from within the University and from private donations. Like many other Harvard collections, the Collection’s primary purpose is teaching and research, providing students and scholars with the opportunity to examine and work with artifacts that have made science possible.

The department has two museum galleries (located in Science Center 136 and 251), a research library and instrument study room (Science Center 250), a conservation laboratory, and classroom. Please call ahead for library and gallery hours, 617-495-2779. The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Wheelchair accessible.


The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) presents to the public the collections and research of Harvard University’s three natural history institutions—the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum—and research from across the University. Its temporary and permanent exhibits, lectures and special events, and weekend programming attract more than 190,000 visitors annually from Harvard and around the world.

More than 12,000 specimens are on display. Highlights include the world famous Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants (the “Glass Flowers”), a unique collection of more than 4,000 glass models by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, father and son; the world’s only mounted skeleton of the 42-foot-long Kronosaurus, a 135-million-year-old marine reptile; one of the first Triceratops ever described; and a 1,642 lb amethyst geode. New exhibitions include New England Forests, which explores the dynamic nature of forest ecosystems and the impact of human activity in shaping the landscape; and the renovated Fishes gallery, which displays some visitor favorites including the hammerhead and mako sharks, as well as many new specimens. The exhibit combines abundant real specimens with 3-D models, colorful graphic displays, and an interactive multimedia station profiling the research of faculty, staff, and students in Harvard’s Lauder Laboratory.

The museum is open daily, 9 am – 5 pm, 361 days/year. Current University photo ID holders are admitted free with one guest. Harvard ID holders are eligible for a discounted household/family membership for $50, instead of the regular $85. The Museum is just 100 yards down Oxford Street from Memorial Hall and the Science Center.

Wheelchair access is through the basement entrance to the far left of the Museum complex building facing Northwest Labs, or via the adjacent Peabody Museum on Divinity Ave. See the museum’s website for parking in the 52 Oxford Street garage. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.


Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), with more than 5 million specimens, are among the ten largest Herbaria in the world in number of specimens, and along with the library, form the world’s largest university-owned herbarium. The HUH collections include the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History described above. An extensive research collection of Precambrian fossils dating back 3.5 billion years and a historically important collection of economic botany materials are also housed in the Museum building on Oxford Street. For information about access to the botanical collections, the Botany Libraries and archives, visit the Harvard University Herbaria’s website at www.huh.harvard.edu or call 617-495-2365. The HUH is located at 22 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, just past the Peabody Museum, and is not open to the public.


The Mineralogical and Geological Museum maintains internationally important collections of minerals, rocks and ores, meteorites, and gems for education, research, and public display. The collections are the result of more than 200 years of collecting and scientific study in Earth Sciences, and are generally defined by their systematic coverage, wealth in rare and scientifically significant specimens, and the quality of display specimens. A selection of 4,000 specimens of the museum’s comprehensive mineral and gem collections is featured in both systematic and topical displays in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The gallery also features an exhibit on meteorites, and newly installed exhibits covering topics such as plate tectonics, Arctic geology, and Earth’s history. Visitors are invited to explore interactive videos highlighting current research by Harvard Earth and Planetary Sciences faculty members and walk through a timeline of Earth’s history with touchable specimens including a sample of Acasta Gneiss, the oldest known rock in the world. Supporting research and education at the university and worldwide is a fundamental function of the MGMH. The museum is affiliated with the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Department at Harvard. Faculty members and students of EPS and other Harvard departments are invited to use the expansive mineralogical and geological collections and archives for their research and classes. The museum also welcomes requests from outside the university. For more information about accessing the mineralogical and geological collections and submitting requests, visit the Mineralogical and Geological Museum website or call 617-495-4758.


Founded in 1859, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), is a center for research and education focused on the comparative relationships of animal life. Research at the MCZ focuses on illuminating the structures of living things and their natural classification and relationship with their surroundings. The MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard, and outside students and researchers. For information about the MCZ’s archives, call the Mayr Library at 617-495-4576. For information about zoological collections, research, and archives, visit the MCZ website or call 617-495-2460.


Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum houses more than five million individual objects representing tens of thousands of years of human experience. The collections span the globe and cover millions of years of human cultural, social, and biological history. Few collections in the world can match its breadth and depth. Strongest in the cultures of North and South America and the Pacific Islands, the Peabody is also caretaker to important collections from Africa, Europe, and Asia. The Museum also houses document archives preserving records of important archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as an archive of more than half a million photographs. The Museum encourages faculty and students to incorporate materials from the Museum’s collections and archives in their courses and research projects. The Academic Programs Department at the Peabody has a dedicated staff to help faculty and staff research and access collections. Work-study and internship opportunities are also available. For information about the Peabody’s collections, research, and programs, visit the website or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Museum is open to the public 361 days a year with exhibitions on Native Americans, Latin America, and Oceania, including Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas; Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West featuring art by Lakota warriors; and Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard.

Wheelchair access is via the adjacent Tozzer Library (21 Divinity Avenue) or through the basement entrance of the Museum of Natural History (Oxford Street parking lot). On weekdays and holidays, call 617-496-1602 for access. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

THE SEMITIC MUSEUM at Harvard University

The Semitic Museum at Harvard University houses over 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, most of which derive from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia. The Museum is dedicated to the use of these collections for the investigation and teaching of Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture. The Museum invites Harvard University faculty, teaching fellows, and students to explore and utilize its exhibits and collections. The Museum also mounts educational exhibits while supporting outreach to the general public. For information please visit the website, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is one of the world’s great art museums, where approximately one million visitors from around the globe are welcomed each year. The MFA’s mission is to serve a wide variety of people—from school children to adults—through direct encounters with works of art from its encyclopedic collection of some 450,000 objects. The Museum is recognized for the quality and scope of its holdings, ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies, murals by John Singer Sargent, and Impressionist paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Degas, to African masks and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photographs by Edward Weston. The Museum’s collection is made up of eight departments: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments.

In November 2010, the Museum opened its expansive Art of the Americas Wing to showcase works from all of the Americas—North, Central, and South—in fifty-three galleries. The wing and the glass-enclosed Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Courtyard are key elements of the Museum’s transformational building and renovation project. Designed by architects Foster + Partners, London, it has enriched the ways visitors encounter the Museum’s great works of art. The Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art opened in 2011, reinforcing the MFA’s commitment to the art of our times. It has become a lively art, education, and social space in the Museum. Most recently, the MFA has opened a variety of new galleries highlighting works from across its collection.

The MFA offers exhibitions, tours, and opportunities for learning and community engagement, such as gallery talks, lectures, films, and concerts (please see website for list of exhibitions and programs). It also presents numerous programs and activities for families. Additionally, the Museum makes the majority of its works accessible online through its extensive online collections database, on view at www.mfa.org/collections.

The MFA is open seven days a week. Students from area colleges participating in the University Members Program are admitted free with ID. Admission (which includes two visits in a ten-day period) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for children 6 and younger. Youths 7-17 years of age are admitted free during non-school hours. The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit the MFA website or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is wheelchair accessible.


Harvard offers a variety of computing resources for students, including wired and wireless network access in every dorm, additional wireless connectivity in many locations across campus, central and residential computer labs, public laser printers, and computer kiosks. For computer assistance or questions, contact the Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) Support Center:

Phone: (617) 495-9000
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Walk-in: Science Center B-14, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Web: huit.harvard.edu


You will need your Harvard ID number (HUID) and personal identification number (PIN) to register for an email account and to access course materials and other online resources. See pin.harvard.edu for more information.

GSAS Email Account

Every GSAS student receives an FAS Exchange email account with the designation @fas.harvard.edu. This is your official email address through which the Harvard administration and faculty will contact you while you are registered in GSAS. To create your account, visit accounts.fas.harvard.edu/new, and to access your email, go to fasmail.harvard.edu/.

Register with MessageMe

MessageMe, Harvard’s emergency notification service, allows the University to contact you quickly in an emergency, wherever you are. Register your cell phone or mobile device to receive voice, text, or email alerts at messageme.harvard.edu.

Computer Purchases

Harvard’s Campus Computer Store, located in Science Center B-11, provides educational pricing on Apple and Dell computers, a selection of software for Mac and Windows PCs, including Microsoft and Adobe, and peripherals and accessories. For more information, visit HUIT Technology Products and Services or call (617) 495-5450 or (800) 440-7494.

Other Computing Resources

Harvard also has computer resources and systems designed primarily for research purposes. The Research Computing Group manages a high-performance Odyssey computer cluster and has staff with discipline-specific technical expertise in the Sciences. See the Research Computing Group web page, or contact RCG This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (617) 299-9724. Similarly, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) makes accessible statistical and analytical tools for the Social and Health Sciences. Visit IQSS on the web, or call (617) 496-2450. There are also extensive digital research projects led by individual faculty, and the Director of Research Computing in the Arts and Humanities can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A number of Harvard departments, such as Mathematics, manage dedicated computing facilities.


Harvard neither sanctions nor censors individual expression of opinion on its systems. The same standards of behavior, however, are expected in the use of email as in the use of telephones and written and oral communication. Therefore email, like telephone messages, must be neither obscene nor harassing (see Obscene or Harassing Telephone Calls, Chapter VII). Similarly, messages must not misrepresent the identity of the sender and should not be sent as chain letters or broadcast indiscriminately to large numbers of individuals. This prohibition includes unauthorized mass electronic mailings. For example, email on a given topic that is sent to large numbers of recipients should in general be directed only to those who have indicated a willingness to receive such email.


Every GSAS student must designate an official email account. Since the Graduate School and other offices at Harvard will send official information and notifications to this designated account, it should be on a highly-available service such as that provided by Harvard University Information Technology.


Media and Technology Services (MTS) provides multimedia support to classes and events occurring in FAS buildings. Supported technology includes: computer and video projection; classroom computers; sound reinforcement systems; audio & video recording/editing; and video conferencing. Services include assisting FAS, Extension, and Summer School classes with classroom media equipment; lecture recording; special event support; film, DVD and videotape rentals for FAS courses; assistive listening systems; and a reservable screening room.

The MTS Main Office supports classes and events that take place in FAS buildings except for the CGIS buildings, the Northwest building, the Science Center, and Sever Hall. The Main Office is located in the Science Center Room B-02 (617-495-9460, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The MTS CGIS Office supports classes and events that take place in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) buildings. The CGIS Office is located in CGIS South Building Room S053 (617-495-9807, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The MTS Northwest Building Office supports classes and events that take place in the Northwest Building. The Northwest Office is located in Northwest Building Room B-111 (617-495-5775, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The MTS Sever Hall Office supports classes and events that take place in Sever Hall. The Sever Office is located in Sever Hall Room 301 (617-495-9470, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The MTS Prep Room Office supports classes and events that take place in the Science Center. The Prep Room is located in Science Center Room B-01 (617-495-5357, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Wheelchair accessible.

The Media Production Center (MPC) is located at the rear of Rosovsky Hall at 59 Plympton Street (617-495-9440; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The MPC provides custom audio and video production and duplication services. This Center collaborates with faculty, departments and other media and IT departments to help them create audio and video materials for teaching, outreach, and research. These services include: audio and video studio recording: voiceovers, interviews, podcasts, talking heads, musical performances, etc. (our studio is equipped with a Steinway piano); video post-production: editing, titling, slide syncing, color correction, etc.; location audio/musical event recording and reinforcement; audio post-production, mixing and mastering; format transfers, audio and video digitizing, trans-coding, and web file creation; disc authoring and duplication, package design; and help and guidance to solve audio and video media problems.

MPC services are available without charge for work performed to exclusively support Faculty of Arts & Sciences courses and course-related activities that are restricted to members of one course. For non-course activities, charges are based on the amount of labor and equipment used to perform the task.

Wheelchair accessible.

The Department of the Language Resource Center (LRC) is located in Lamont Library on the fourth level (617-495-9448; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The LRC offers multimedia resources to FAS foreign language courses and to other FAS courses using foreign language media. Its high-bandwidth media server provides full-screen materials in 57 languages. Its satellite feed provides international news and a variety of television programs. The LRC also offers CD-quality digital audio of textbook practice materials (enrolled students only). The LRC offers RosettaStone® licenses for current Harvard students, faculty, and staff.

Wheelchair accessible.


Dr. Arthur Lage, director, Biological Laboratories, Room 2102

The Office of Animal Resources is responsible for the health and well-being of all vertebrate animals used in research and teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. All individuals using animals in research/teaching must complete the course “The Humane Care of Animals in Research/Teaching.” This course is offered several times a year at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It acquaints participants with Harvard policies, as well as with federal, state, and city of Cambridge regulations, regarding the use of animals. Please contact the director of IACUC Administration at 617-495-1510 for course dates and times.

All members of the Harvard community have a responsibility to report instances of mistreatment of animals or noncompliance with animal-use guidelines. This can be done directly to Arthur Lage, DVM at 617-432-1285, or, if anonymity is desired, to the senior advisor to the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at 617-495-1525. Any questions regarding the animal program should be directed to Dr. Lage.


The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHS), one of Harvard’s federally mandated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), is responsible for reviewing proposed studies from GSAS that involve humans as research subjects. No research involving human subjects may begin until it has been reviewed by CUHS and CUHS has issued either an approval or an exemption determination. Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Submission, Tracking, and Reporting system (ESTR). Please consult the CUHS website or contact CUHS at 617-496-2847 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about:

  • The process for submitting applications.
  • The standards that the research must meet.
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