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STEM Living Learning Community

STEM BUILD color logoThe STEM Living Learning Community joined the campus as UMBC’s tenth Living and Learning Community (LLC) in Fall 2015 and expanded to 75 students in Fall 2016 to become its largest LLC.

It is typically for first year students (Freshmen and Transfer) and BTP Trainees, with some students applying to continue in the STEM LLC for a second year.

The goals of the STEM LLC are to:

  • develop intentional connections and relationships among students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • expose students to other STEM majors,
  • expand perspectives,
  • encourage peer mentoring,
  • foster study group participation,
  • promote career exploration, and
  • provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.All students with STEM majors are eligible to apply, but preference is given to participants in the STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.

Residents will benefit from:

1) A series of student-planned activities, which will be organized around a science-related theme and supported by the STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.  This includes the 2016-2017 Leadership Seminar Series that will feature six talks by key leaders in STEM and/or at UMBC.
September 27, 2016 – CAPT Troy Mong, Commanding Officer of UMBC’s new Naval ROTC Program
October 26, 2016 – Mr. Gib Mason, lecturer and COO, VP, & Director, UMBC Training Centers
November 22, 2016 – Dr. David Asai, Senior Director of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
February 28, 2017 – Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC President – Room UC 312 (Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
March 28, 2017 – General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of US Central Command – Albin O Kuhn. Library, 7th Floor (Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
April 25, 2017 – Dr. Pamela Thornton, NIH-NIDDK Program Director – Room MEYR 120  (Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)

2) The opportunity to earn the 2016-2017 STEM LLC Certificate by attending a minimum of three monthly STEM LLC Leadership Seminars, supporting a campus research event, and participating in at least one mentoring session with a member of the STEM LLC staff.

3) BTP Peer Mentors, serving as residence-hall tutors and study group facilitators, who guide groups within the STEM LLC to enhance student learning, generate good questions, help in exam preparation, and clarify common misunderstandings about course materials.

To apply for the STEM Living Learning Community (or other LLCs), students must complete a housing application in spring for the following fall semester.  To access the housing application, and learn more about all of the Living Learning Opportunities at UMBC, please visit the Residential Life website.

For more information on the STEM LLC, contact Mrs. Kathy Lee Sutphin at 410-455-5827 or