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Now Open: The Curry College Learning Commons, featuring The Science and Research Center

The new Curry College Learning Commons
January 28, 2019


Academics | Student Success

On January 28, the new Curry College Learning Commons, featuring the state-of-the-art Science and Research Center, opened in its first phase. The Learning Commons provides exciting new collaborative space that supports all Curry students, with Advising and Academic Success offices operating in one centralized space in the heart of the Academic Quad, making them fully integrated into the learning experience. Our innovative Active Learning Classrooms host a wide range of classes from First-Year Inquiry to Advanced Physiology, new study space is available, and students are now meeting and working together and with faculty in the Student Collaboration Space.

The Learning Commons is an example of Curry’s commitment to offering the most advanced resources available to support student success, and this commitment is exemplified by the dedicated science and laboratory space that anchors the Learning Commons.

The Science and Research Center at the Learning Commons

The new, innovative Science and Research Center at the Learning Commons is a facility that includes Chemistry, Physics, and Biology labs, which will take student experimentation and research to a completely new level. Along with an enhanced classroom experience, science students now have the advantage of more meaningful one-on-one and small group interactions with faculty members for research projects, preparing them for real world settings. These new spaces also come with the tools to support this learning, including the latest in laboratory and data analysis equipment. Curry’s forward focus on the sciences was the key driving force in the development of this new facility.

This PHASE ONE of the The Learning Commons includes:

  • Active Learning Classrooms
  • Advising and Academic Success offices
  • Student Collaboration and 24/7 Study Space
  • New science labs for:
    • Physics
    • Introductory and Organic Chemistry
    • Biology and Chemistry research

PHASE TWO of The Learning Commons, opening in August 2019 will include:

  • The Learning Commons Café (serving Starbucks coffee products!)
  • The Quantitative Commons to support curricular and co-curricular programming in math, statistics, and quantitative reasoning
  • Seminar rooms
  • The Writing Center, Speaking Center, Academic Enrichment Center, and Study Away Programs
  • Math, Science, and Peer Tutoring
  • Assistive Technology Lab
  • Disability Services
  • New science labs for:
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Microbiology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Faculty offices
  • Additional Student Collaboration and 24/7 Study Space

The Learning Commons was designed to support the success of every student at Curry by providing a space and tools that facilitate our approach to teaching and learning through mentoring and empowering students to help them achieve their ambitions. This endeavor was made possible by the Curry community coming together and providing input, insight, and experience to make this powerful new part of our campus an embodiment of our mission and strategic vision for the future of the College.