GENERAL CNS LEARNING COMMUNITY

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Students with a first declared major in the College of Natural Sciences (Applied Computing Technology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Zoology) may apply to join the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community (CNSLC), located in Laurel Village. CNSLC students can participate in activities and trips specifically designed for science majors, from exploring ecology in Rocky Mountain National Park to doing chemistry with liquid nitrogen experiments. Students also enjoy the Laurel Village Outdoor Amphitheater, Academic Commons (with floor-to-ceiling whiteboard walls and study spaces), and benefit from living with other students in similar first-year classes.

Apply: CNSLC Application

Number of students: ~230

Course Requirements: None

Residential Requirement: Laurel Village (Piñon Hall or Alpine Hall, assignments made by University Housing). Click here for room styles in Piñon and Alpine Halls.

Looking for additional opportunities in the CNS Learning Community?

In addition to the benefits of living in the CNS Learning Community in Laurel Village, students have the opportunity to apply to be a part of additional experiences in the form of our cluster floors. These floors have specific goals and themes, commitments, and room styles/locations in Piñon Hall. Let us know at cns_lc@colostate.edu if you have questions about these floors.

SCIENCE OUTREACH SCHOLARS

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Students who are interested in how they can use science to change the world will all live together on one floor. They take a one-credit seminar class exploring issues of social justice and diversity in science and science education. Through the class, students work with local, culturally-diverse K-12 classes. The cluster provides opportunities to connect with other students from diverse backgrounds and connect with faculty and staff at CSU including: CSU diversity programs and offices, the Education and Outreach Center, the Little Shop of Physics, the School of Education, and other campus partners. Students in this program also participate in academic study groups with their peers.

Many of our students that are part of the Science Outreach Scholar floor go on to join the Catalyst Learning Community.

Apply: CNSLC Application

Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: NSCI 170 (1-credit Fall seminar)

Residential Requirement: Piñon Hall 4th floor (Community-Style rooms)

UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN IN NATURAL SCIENCES 

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This floor is partnered with a group of female faculty at CSU (Women in Natural Sciences) for programs and networking opportunities. There is a weekly knitting group with female faculty, field trips to labs, and other opportunities as defined by the students involved each year. The floor will be a diverse group, which includes a diversity of identities, backgrounds, and majors all within the Natural Sciences. Students majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, and Computer Science are highly encouraged to apply. 

Apply: CNSLC Application

Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: None

Residential Requirement: Piñon Hall 5th floor (Community-Style rooms)

KEY NATURAL SCIENCES IMPACT: Diversity Through Technology 

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Students who are interested in the crucial role diversity plays in computing and technology will live in Piñon Hall with the other Key Natural Sciences students. Students will learn how computing can play a role in making an impact in the world and how it can enhance any CNS major. For example, biology students can learn about bioinformatics and psychology majors can learn about human-centered design. They will all take a seminar course exploring the role that identities and perspectives play in computing and will also take a Computer Science course. Outside of the classroom, they will have opportunities to teach K-12 students, participate in outreach activities through connected student organizations and mentoring groups, and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

Apply: KEY Communities Application

Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: Yes. Please click here to learn more about Key Natural Sciences Communities.

Residential Requirement: Piñon Hall 2nd or 3rd floor East (Community-Style rooms)

KEY NATURAL SCIENCES IMPACT: Diversity Through Sustainability

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Students will live in Piñon Hall with the other Key Natural Science Students to explore their common interests in science, diversity, and the environment. Students collaborate with University Housing, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Chemistry department to push the boundaries of how we think about the role that energy plays in our culture, science, and the environment; we will explore the ideas of global sustainability through the lens of a scientist. Students will co-enroll in a 1-credit seminar, “Sustainable Energy in the Natural Sciences,” where we will discuss and act on pressing local challenges, both on-campus and in the community. Students lead a weekly Sustainability Committee that spearheads multiple initiatives. Some of the student-driven projects include designing and managing the CNSLC community garden beds, in-hall composting, and building new energy harvesting strategies with renewable resources (sunlight and wind).

Apply: KEY Communities Application

Number of students: 40

Course Requirements: Yes. Please click here to learn more about Key Natural Sciences Communities.

Residential Requirement: Piñon Hall 2nd or 3rd floor East (Community-Style rooms)

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