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The Discovery Living & Learning Community (LLC) gives students, from all majors, the opportunity to engage with the Office of Undergraduate Research through a weekly research seminar series.  These seminars will include a variety of topics of interest to students seeking research placements at the University of Tennessee during their undergraduate experience.  This is a great opportunity to 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!

The Discovery LLC for first-year students will be located in Clement Hall for 2021-2022.  All LLC locations are subject to change.

Sample seminar topics include:

  • How to Write an Abstract
  • How to Conduct a Literature Review
  • How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research
  • How to create an Effective Research Poster
  • Leveraging Your Undergraduate Research for Nationally Competitive Awards
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • and many more!

All students will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with faculty and staff through the Research Seminar Series
  • Receive guidance in finding a faculty-mentored research position
  • Tour a variety of labs on campus

Why Discovery? Students will gain:

  • Exposure to many aspects of the research process, through the Office of Undergraduate Research Seminar Series
  • 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
  • Access to Office of Undergraduate Research Peer Advisors to discuss research experiences and opportunities
  • Opportunity to continue in the Discovery LLC as upperclassmen

Freshmen residents in the Discovery LLC will be required to:

  • Attend the Research Seminar Series, Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Design their class schedule so they are able to attend the weekly seminar series.
  • Attend 3 LLC social events per semester

Sophomore residents (and above) in the Discovery LLC will be required to:

  • Find a faculty-sponsored research project in your discipline and participate for at least 5 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters (optional academic credit)
  • Attend 2 LLC luncheons per semester
  • Attend 3 LLC social events per year


Susan Troop
Department: Office of Undergraduate Research