Passionate about science? Want to get a head start on your studies and career development? This is the community for you!

The Natural Sciences LLC (also known as the CASAR Project: Community for Achievement in Science, Academics, and Research) was initially established by a grant from the National Science Foundation so that science majors at St. Edward’s University can begin establishing their credentials as experienced scientists. Participating students arrive on campus before school begins and join the Freshmen Accelerated Research Methods (FARM) Workshop where they learn research tools and methodologies in several scientific disciplines so they are prepared to join research projects and develop their credentials as a scientist.

As a member of the Natural Sciences LLC, you’ll enroll in courses specially selected for you and your LLC peers, so you will already know many students in your classes before the semester begins! There are also many fun activities throughout the year to balance the demands of study with the need for relaxation.

Just the Facts
Location: 3rd Floor, Le Mans Hall
Capacity: 24 students
Faculty Member: Dr. Richard Kopec, Professor of Computer Science & Chemistry
Linked Courses: 1-credit science seminars in the fall & spring; reserved sections of freshman biology, chemistry, calculus and computer science
Signature Events: FARM Week, Recreational Activities, Community Dinners, Research Opportunities
Founded: 2010

What is expected of you as a member of the Natural Sciences community?

Live with community members in Le Mans Hall.
Take a special seminar course designed specifically for science and math majors.
Participate in regular community activities.

How do I apply?

When you fill out your housing application online, follow the instructions to land in the Natural Science LLC--we're excited to see you apply!