Students in the InVent's living-learning community collaborate in Studio One

All Curie Learning Community participants live together in Lee Hall, creating an environment for group studying, peer mentoring, and social interaction. Membership to Curie includes access to the maker space, called Studio One, located in Lee Hall. 

Purpose and Benefits of Curie:

As a community for science students run by science students, we strive to:

  • Promote academic success and engagement with transdisciplinary skills development and building of community
  • Provide active learning experiences in and out of the classroom
  • Promote retention and diversity in STEM majors

The Curie Learning Community, located in Lee Hall , is an interactive-learning environment designed to promote academic success and engagement with the scientific process and community. Students majoring in the physical and quantitative sciences in the College of Science are eligible to be residents. Those majors include: 

Biochemistry   Chemistry  
Computational Modeling and Data Analytics Geosciences
Mathematics Meteorology
Nanoscience Physics
Statistics  

This community is part of a living learning program called inVenTs, which  includes two engineering communities and two science communities. 

What do students say about Curie?

“I enjoy that Curie wants us to be curious about our surroundings and wants us to crave to learn and embrace new learning styles. I enjoy that Curie is not just about the finished product, but also analyzing the hard work and process that was put into completing something.”

 “I think one thing I've gained from Curie is a sense of community. We're all here doing similar things and dealing with the same struggles and I think it really brings us together.”

“I am grateful for the opportunities that the community provides. Through a community event, I was able to meet and interact with a professor who became my research mentor for an independent study.”

Learning to communicate and work with others is an invaluable skill that Curie really reinforces through the studio project. Those skills are easily applied to many situations in the real world, both in academia and in professional situations.”

Who was Marie Curie?

Marie Sklodowska Curie was a Polish-French physicist-chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes - in physics (in 1903) and chemistry (in 1911), and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Curie’s achievements include a theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium (named for her native country) and radium. 


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie

The Curie Living Learning Community was created in 2011 and was named after Marie Curie’s pioneering spirit, dedication to her field, and service for the betterment of others in need. 

Questions

For questions about the Curie Living Learning Community program, contact Program Director Lori Blanc (lblanc@vt.edu). For more detailed information on the Da Vinci LLC, please visit the inVenTs website.

For questions related to housing assignments, please contact Living Learning at livinglearning@vt.edu