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About Us

The Science Learning Center (SLC) is an interdisciplinary resource center sponsored by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) to support teaching and learning in the natural sciences at the University of Michigan. The natural science disciplines at the U of M include astronomy, biology, biophysics, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences and physics.

The SLC Main Branch is located adjacent to the atrium of the Chemistry Building on Central Campus. The SLC Main Branch is home to several areas of activity including computer labs, meeting alcoves, individual and group study space, a tutoring Help Room, and a loan desk for reserve and research materials.

The SLC Satellite Location in 2165 Undergraduate Science Building houses a study lounge, team rooms, and computers.


Joe Salvatore, Director

Welcome to the Science Learning Center (SLC)! We are excited to share the news that we will be reopening our doors in Fall 2021.  Once fall term classes begin, we invite you to visit us in-person at our main location in 1720 Chemistry and at our satellite location in 2165 Undergraduate Science Building. Please check out the SLC home page for our updated hours of operation.

During the pandemic, we have continued to support students enrolled in introductory natural science courses with online tutoring and study groups. We will continue to provide online options during the Fall 2021 semester as we transition away from fully remote programming towards a more robust offering of in-person academic support.

Whether you join us in-person or virtually, we are committed to making sure that you feel welcome and a sense of belonging in our spaces and programs. Our programs and spaces also emphasize collaboration, active learning, and research-based learning strategies that lead to deeper, more sustained learning. As an organization, we also embrace a growth mindset and the opportunity to learn and grow. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas and suggestions for how the SLC can better support you.

When you're ready, please join us in-person this fall to check out our study spaces, computing resources, materials on reserve, GSI office hours for biology and chemistry, as well as study groups and tutoring. These resources along with our online study groups, tutoring, and workshops will ensure that you have access to a full array of academic support opportunities to help you succeed.

Mission Statement

The Science Learning Center (SLC) creates inclusive opportunities and spaces for undergraduate students to collaborate, learn, and develop leadership skills in the natural sciences.

Core Values

  • Inclusiveness: The SLC focuses on providing welcoming and inclusive learning spaces and programming that can be adapted to meeting the changing needs of our students, faculty, collaborators, and the College.
  • Connection & Collaboration: Through our academic services and physical spaces, we enable students to connect with each other, their subject matter, their instructors, and SLC staff in meaningful ways.
  • Expertise: Students seek out and participate in our programs and services because of the content expertise of our facilitators, tutors, and GSIs, as well as the broader learning strategies and support we provide.
  • Robust Resources: Our resources, including our instruction and meeting spaces, collections and computing infrastructure, are accessible, usable, and desirable for our academic community, and we engage in ongoing  resource assessment based on 21st century research and learning models.