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The Lab Living-Learning Community

Interested in joining the Lab LLC in the 2018 year?  There is still space!  Click here to learn more!


Sponsored by the College of Science & Mathematics (COSM), first-year COSM students are accepted into the Lab LLC.  This community helps students who want to participate in social and academic activities designed to help them be confident in their choice of major, while interacting with faculty and students who are passionate about math and science. The Lab allows students to discover and embrace their inner Scientist and/or Mathematician. 



As a result of living in this community, students will…

  • Establish relationships with faculty, peers, staff, and advisors to create a stronger sense of community and belonging at Georgia Southern University.
  • Explore majors within COSM to determine what major/career path best suits each student’s interests and strengths.
  • Be exposed to campus, community, and professional organizations that will enable them to succeed and network in their chosen field.
  • Identify resources that will aid in a successful transition from high school to college level academics in their chosen field.



  • Students must hold and maintain a declared major in the College of Science & Mathematics.  If a students changes their major prior to spring break, they will be directed to the Housing Office to complete a room change process and move out of the community.
  • Students are pre-registered for common courses by the LLC Academic Advisor prior to their first semester in the LLC.  These are core courses that all first-year COSM students take and a LLC-designated FYE 1220 section in the fall.
  • Students are required to move in early to take part in the Welcome Social and teambuilding activities.
  • Students sign a participation contract that outlines a minimum amount of programs they should be attending throughout the year to stay a participant of the community.
  • Students are required to participate in yearly LLC programs, such as the Fall Orientation and Spring Retreat.
  • All students in the LLC pay a $20 student activity fee each semester that helps pay for the cost of specialty programming.



There are many programs that are planned specifically for the students of the Lab LLC.  Below is a list of events from previous years:COSM - Photo 2 students 1 faculty

  • Fall Orientation
  • Student Organization Fair
  • Teambuilding on the High Ropes Course
  • Coffee & Conversations with Faculty
  • COSM Movie Nights
  • Attending Research Fairs
  • Game Nights
  • Participating in the Student Advisory Board (SAB)
  • Research 101 & 102 Student Panels
  • Lab Excursions to Wildlife Center, local companies, and more
  • De-stressing at Exam Break programs in the lounge
  • Getting treats during finals from the Treat Trolly
  • Team competition for Lab Cup



Location: Statesboro Campus, Eagle Village

Room Type: Students who choose to live in this community will be placed in a 2 or 4-bedroom suite on the same floor, which includes a kitchenette with full size fridge and sink, a living room within suite, and access to laundry, study rooms, and a full kitchen in the Lab Lounge.

Preferred Roommates: Students may list a preferred roommate on their housing application, but the roommate must also meet the requirements of the Lab LLC, apply, list their preferred roommate(s), and opt into the experience before students will be roomed together.  We suggest that preferred roommates complete their application materials around the same time, as assignment to the community is on a first come, first assigned basis.



Students who are interested in joining the LLC must 1) fill out their housing application and mark their interest in the community on the last page of the application, 2) fill out the Lab LLC Supplemental Questions within the application, and 3) accept their admittance to the LLC via email communication.  This communication typically starts in March and continues throughout the summer as spaces in the community are available.  Students who do not have a declared major in the College of Science & Mathematics will not be admitted to the LLC.

Priority is given to students who apply by March 1st.



  • Dr. Brian Koehler, Associate Dean of Curriculum and & Advisement in COSM
  • Laura Hawkins, COSM Academic & Pre-Health Professional Advisement Center Representative
  • Dr. Ria Ramoutar, Lecturer of Chemistry and Lab Faculty Member
  • Dr. Jim LoBue, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Lab Faculty Member
  • Dr. Shainaz Landge, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Lab Faculty Member
  • Dr. Denise Carroll, Lecturer of Biology and Lab Faculty Member
  • Erin McFerrin, Assistant Director of Residential Learning in University Housing
  • Telecia Taylor, Resident Director of Eagle Village in University Housing
  • Raven Richardson, Resident Advisor for Eagle Village in University Housing
  • Brandon Lewis, Peer Mentor for the Lab LLC
  • Caitlin Nesmith, Peer Mentor for the Lab LLC



In 2018, University Housing started the tradition of recognizing one RLC Advisory Board Member each year that contributed to the success of their LLC and it’s students.  The 2018 award was presented to Lab Advisory Board Member, Ria Ramoutar at the 2018 Lab End of Year Celebration and Awards Banquet.  Dr. Ramoutar is a lecturer in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. One of our most actively engaged faculty members in the halls, she earned this award due to her dedication to the professional development and academic success of students in the Lab Living-Learning Community. Whether arranging field trips to the Georgia Cancer Center, helping students with local service projects, or teaching the Lab LLC First Year Experience class – Dr. Ramoutar is one of University Housings best campus partners.

Last updated: 4/23/2018