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 an initiative in which we engage on-campus student residents in dialogue with faculty outside of the classroom. Set in front of the fireplace in the Live Oak Lounge of Hullabaloo Hall, these regularly scheduled events on the first Tuesday of the month during the academic year are an opportunity for faculty to share their field of study, and perhaps their personal journey through engaging conversation with students.
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.).
Hullabaloo 117A is open for studying 24/7 beginning at 8am on the first Reading Day prior to finals through 5pm on the last day of finals, every semester! Academic Initiatives staff provides coffee, snacks, and a great study space for students to utilize throughout the course of finals.
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.