If you are passionate about environmental science/ studies, then the Living Learning Community (LLC) at the School of the Environment is equipped with the knowledge and analytical tools to ensure you have an exceptional learning experience! Live with peers who share your scholarly and academic interests while learning about the interconnectivity between natural resources and human impacts, and work together to create innovative technologies for the stewardship of the planet.


SOE LLC is for first year (freshman) students who have an interest in pursuing careers in Environmental Sciences or Environmental Studies:

  • Students work closely with world-renowned faculty experts in SOE on impactful research based pedagogical training and mentorship.

  • Learn how to address emergent environmental issues and sustainability efforts, as well as the nexus between environmental degradation and health disparities.

  • Be equipped with obtaining innovative solutions to mitigate environmental issues.

  • Become well-trained Environmental Scientists with strong science-based policy decision making.

  • Stipends and internships available to eligible students.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led funded grant projects and develop both soft and hard skills such as communication, critical thinking, scientific writing, problem-solving, teamwork and professional development to interact with peers, scientists, community and industry representatives

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Engage in developing soft as well as hard skills such as:

  • Leadership skills

  • Time management

  • Written and oral communication

  • Teamwork, problem solving, observation skills

  • Critical thinking

  • Scientific planning and scientific method

  • Analytical and computational skills

  • Statistical skills

  • Environmental advocacy and sustainability

  • Presentations in conferences, journal article publications

  • Participation in SOE seminar series

The Scientific Method which forms the foundation of SOE’s LLC program

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Ready to Apply?

This LLC is restricted to first-year (freshmen) students who have an interest in pursuing careers in environmental sciences or environmental studies. Students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and 500 on the SAT Math or 21 on the ACT Math are encouraged to apply.


To apply, students must write a one-page (200 words minimum) personal essay stating "Why would you like to enroll in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies?” When you are ready to submit your one-page essay click on the "School of the Environment" link in the FAMU Housing Application Portal and upload your document.


Contact the Liaison

The liaison for this LLC can answer your questions or provide more information.

Name Phone Email

Dr. Ashvini Chauhan
SOE LLC Liaison

(850) 412-5119 ashvini.chauhan@famu.edu

Dr. Brenda C. Spencer
LLC Program Director

(850) 412-5790 Brenda.Spencer@famu.edu



"Being in the LLC has been the cornerstone to the start of my success here at Florida A&M. The school of the environment LLC provides many opportunities for research and funding. I have received much experience in my time here. The LLC helped me with research experience, professional development, and connections. I made many friends also majoring in environmental sciences/studies. The liaisons and staff over the LLC were supportive and made the living learning community feel like a family. If I could go back again, I would have made the same decision to join the LLC. I would encourage any future SOE Scholar to join."

Destiny Anderson
4th Year Environmental Science Major
FAMU Housing Student Success Mentor 
School of the Environment LLC Mentor

"The School of Environment’s LLC program has been a great learning and growing experience. While participating in LLC my freshman year I was able to gain skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, equipment management and many more skills that will be prominent in my future as an environmental scientist. Over the course of the school year I was able to work alongside faculty members of SOE on research based activities. Where I was able to learn about ecosystem health, current environmental issues and their sustainability efforts. Last year, we studied the microbiomes of oyster populations to understand their relationship with ocean filtration and the nitrogen cycle. The SOE LLC has had a wonderful impact on me, and has begun to shape me into the environmental scientist and activist that I hope to be."

Lalah Choice
2021-2022 SOE LLC Student


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Kennedy Reese speaks on the School of Environment LLC