ACADEMIC EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Many of the things you learn and the people you meet in Aggieland involve activities in your residential community.

Here are some of the academic initiative events and programs that occur regularly in our on-campus residences.

Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) live in the residence halls and apartments, and help other students succeed academically. APMs offer guidance through academic programs and events including:

  • Academic Check-Ups are regular meetings between a resident and an APM where a student receives academic coaching. Let an APM help you stay on track academically to meet your goals in a course or for your major.
  • ASK Sessions are similar to office hours, APMs are available online through eCampus and/or in-person to discuss general academic issues with residents. No appointment or scheduling necessary. Questions residents have posed in the past include: what is the best way to work with my academic advisor? I am struggling in _______, what should I do? Do I Q-drop or not? Who is my academic advisor? How do I change my major? Where can I go for help with my class?
  • ASSIST Sessions are topic-based presentations that are meant to develop or expose residents to new study skills and techniques. Sessions include: time management, writing an “A” paper, learning styles, and more! Interested in requesting a presentation for your hall/building/group? Request a custom presentation.
  • eCampus Portal: Academics in Residence – all on-campus students have access to the “Academics in Residence” eCampus organization on ecampus.tamu.edu. This portal contains a programming schedule, glossary of academics terms, online chat sessions with APMs, online study assessments, and more! Check out the resource portal today.
  • Peer Panel are events where upper classmen and/or faculty and staff discuss an academic topic. Its an opportunity to share their academic story and the wisdom they have acquired through experience.
  • Resource Tabling –  is a form of advertising held by the Academic Peer Mentors to promote events and services and encourage students to sign up for Peer Panels, Academic Check-Ups, etc.
Dinner with a Prof is a monthly event in which on-campus residents have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with faculty, outside of the classroom. Set in front of the fireplace in Hullabaloo Hall on the first Tuesday of the month during the academic year, faculty are invited to share their field of study, their personal journey, or life advice through engaging conversation with students. Students who attend enjoy a delicious meal, meet other students, and learn that faculty members are real people, too, who can and want to be approached! Watch your TAMU email for monthly invitations, or visit our Event Registration System to see the upcoming month’s event.
Texas A&M University provides residential experiences commonly referred to as the Living Learning Program (LLP). The Living Learning Program is an umbrella term for all the communities within it, including Living Learning Communities, Residential Colleges and Themed or Interest Group Communities. Review the various Living Learning Programs available in Aggieland.
Employment opportunities for students are plentiful in the Department of Residence Life. In addition to offering numerous full-time and professional positions, the department is one of the largest employers of students. On-campus employment offers the convenience of working for employers who are flexible with students’ class schedules, walking between work and class, and, (in many areas) the same vacations as the University (winter break, spring break, summer, etc.).
Study Spectacular occurs at the end of each semester from 8am on Reading Day through 5:00pm on the last day of finals. Large meeting rooms are open 24/7 during this time frame in order to provide our on-campus residents with a quiet environment that is conducive to their studying. Some rooms that are opened include the Multipurpose Rooms in Hullabaloo Hall, the Commons, and White Creek, and the Community Center at the Gardens Apartments. Free coffee and snacks are provided throughout the event to keep you fueled for finals.

Study Spectacular for Spring 2017 will take place from 8:00am Wednesday, May 3 through 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 9.

Within the Academic Support Initiatives area within Residence Life, on and off-campus students are able to apply to participate in and undergraduate and graduate research team.

Residence Life – Academic Support Initiatives is pleased to house the research team because of the many benefits the experience will offer students. Students who participate in an undergraduate research experience show greater gains in disciplinary knowledge, information literacy, communication skills, and a clarification of career paths (Lopato 2010). Studies by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan and Nagda et al. (1998) found increased student success, retention, and graduation rates related to student researchers.

Learn more about the current assessment and research being conducted by the department or learn how to apply.