The Lab Living-Learning Community
DESCRIPTION OF THE LLC
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.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.
- Fall Orientation
- Student Organization Fair
- Teambuilding on the High Ropes Course
- Coffee & Conversations with Faculty
- COSM Movie Nights
- Attending Research Fairs
- Research 101 & 102 Student Panels
- Lab Excursions to Wildlife Center, local companies, and more
- De-stressing at Exam Break programs in the lounge
- Team competition for Lab Cup
LOCATION & ROOMMATES
Location: Statesboro Campus, Eagle Village
Armstrong Campus, Windward Commons
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE LLC IS EFFECTIVE?
LOTS OF ASSESSMENT! Now in our third year of the LLC, we have reviewed GPA and retention trends of each cohort of students in the LLC. Looking at our first cohort of LLC students (now in their Junior year), we are able to see that in their first year at college, our Lab LLC members have an average GPA that is 0.14 points higher than non-LLC first year COSM majors. Additionally, they were 14% more likely to be retained to their COSM major. Going into their Junior year, former LLC students had an average GPA that was 0.22 points higher and a 5% higher retention rate as their non-LLC peers.
LLC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
- 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
- Kenzel Hill, Resident Director of Eagle Village in University Housing
- Lavauria Brown, Resident Advisor for Eagle Village in University Housing
In the Spring of 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.
In the Fall of 2018, Lab LLC Resident Advisor Raven Richardson was awarded with the prestigious Winifred Burks-Houck Undergraduate Leadership Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCChE). This award recognizes undergraduate women who have a strong potential for success in their chosen field, as well as who demonstrate their commitment to their community through leadership experiences. Lab Living-Learning Community Advisory Board Member and GSU Chemistry Lecturer Ria Ramoutar and Resident Director Telecia Taylor nominated Raven for this award due to her involvement in the College of Science & Mathematics, her involvement in the Lab LLC, and her continued dedication to the advancement of the sciences in her campus and local community.
Last updated: 12/2/2019