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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 our newly renovated space with students, faculty, and staff. Visitors can now enjoy better lighting thanks to our upgraded LED light fixtures, along with new study and lounge furniture (some with built-in power outlets), and a painted ceiling and support columns that brighten the space. We’ve upgraded the electrical system to provide additional power outlets in the floors and walls so you can charge your device from anywhere.

Of course if you forget your laptop, the SLC has upgraded Mac and PC desktops and new computer tables, as well as printers and scanners to support all of your computing needs. Our eight alcoves were also renovated and now feature larger white boards, powered tables, and two with wireless presentation options.

We are also excited to celebrate the culmination of Interconnected: An SLC Pixel Project featuring the collaborative artwork of Doug Jones. Doug, a UM alumnus and former SLC student staff member, worked with students and SLC staff to develop four art concepts that embody inclusiveness and help to make the SLC more welcoming for all students. Next time you are in the SLC, please check out these four amazing works of art.

The SLC also has a new Flex Space, which is used throughout the day for student and staff meetings, presentations, training sessions, study groups, and more. The room features state-of-the-art videoconferencing and wireless presentation capabilities.  

On any given day, a visit to the SLC will provide you with a variety of study space options, graduate student instructor (GSI) office hours, drop-in and appointment based tutoring, and study groups. Today the SLC team includes over 400 student and professional staff members, all with a shared mission to provide all students with space and support that feels welcoming, inclusive, and inspiring. Come visit us today!

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.