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The Discovery Living & Learning Community (LLC) gives students, from all majors, the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects that solve problems, generate new knowledge and create new ways of looking at the world. Students will have the ability to work with a faculty member and research project that explores their subject of interest in greater depth. Students will learn the skills of research in a supportive community of peers.

Undergraduate research opens doors to graduate school, exciting careers, and success in life. Find your passion. Join Discovery!

Why discovery? Students will gain:

  • Exposure to all aspects of the research process (finding, synthesizing, and creating knowledge) through a FYS 101 research focused course.
  • Interaction with faculty who conduct research in a variety of disciplines
  • Social, community-service, educational and multi-cultural programs
  • Academic support through in-house study groups for all major introductory science and math classes
  • Research assistance from librarians in the residence halls and Libraries
  • Participation in the Freshman Conference, a specialized poster presentation of the research conducted by freshmen held in the LLC

Community Requirements:

  • Engage in a faculty-sponsored research project for at least 6 hours per week during the spring semester for first-year students and fall & spring for upper division students. Research may be taken for academic credit. Students who have a work-study award as part of their financial aid package, may choose to be paid for their research using that work-study award.
  • Enroll in a designated fall FYS101 course and a designated spring FYS129  course. Upperclassmen have no course requirements.
  • Access to Discovery Peer Advisor to discuss research experience and Discovery Study Groups
  • Keep Thursday evenings free to participate in community events. This is a high involvement LLC with weekly meetings both fall and spring semesters, and bi-monthly for sophomores and above.
  • Attend monthly LLC luncheons on Fridays (usually the 2nd Friday of each month).


Marisa Moazen
Department: Office of Undergraduate Research
phone: (865)974-8560

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