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STEM Living-Learning Community


The STEM Living-Learning Community provides students who are interested in careers in the biological sciences an opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure to fields of study and research areas. As a student in this community, you will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff members who will help you succeed at ETSU and become connected to supports within your major and across campus.  The focus of our community is on both academic and social support for students living together.

The STEM Living-Learning Community is a partnership of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Housing and Residence Life. This community is housed in Governors Hall, and is open only to incoming freshmen students. 

Community Requirements:

  • Students must be declared majors or minors, or have a focus area in the biological sciences.
  • Students must complete the Living-Learning Community application (either completed as part of the application for Housing, or by logging in here) and be selected to the community.
  • Individuals must commit to the Community Standards for the Living-Learning Community, which includes a commitment to participate in regular programming and events.  It also means committing to residing in an assigned space in the STEM Living-Learning Community in Governors Hall. 
  • Enroll in designated sections of ETSU 1020: Foundations of Student Success, and Biology 1110: Biology for Science Majors I (lecture and lab) for fall semester. 


To stay in the STEM Living-Learning Community, students must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the Living-Learning Community by participating fully in programs and activities throughout the semester.
  • Be in good academic standing with the University.
  • Be in good standing with regards to student conduct. 

Contact Adrianna Guram, Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, at  with questions.

Community Coordinator Bio:

Blake Hopson

blake hopson 

Blake Hopson is a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid within the Division of Student Affairs and is also serving as an Intern with University Operations. Mr. Hopson completed his B.S. in Education at East Tennessee State University and will complete his M.Ed. during the fall of 2017. He is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and enjoys researching current educational issues. He is blessed to be married to his wonderful wife, Carrie, and is a proud dad to his little girl, Hadley.


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