GEMS Residential Learning Community

The Generating Excellence in Math and Science Residential Learning Community (GEMS RLC) provides a living environment that fosters academic and social success for a diverse group of students interested in biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Members of this community will live together in Sauls Hall while attending programs, and classes with the support of faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences Biological Sciences Department.

Living in this community is a great way for students to connect, build a community and enhance the learning experience with other students, faculty and staff. Through this community, students form a camaraderie to help them navigate the challenges that arise in their academic and personal lives.

Join our community

Students with an aptitude and passion for biology, chemistry and mathematics will feel at home in the GEMS Community. Designed to cultivate the innovative leaders of the future, this community gives students the tools for a successful college experience.  

While living together on the same floor, students also learn together in a specialized first-year seminar course led by a dedicated faculty member.


  • Live with classmates passionate about the science and math field in Sauls Hall.
  • Take a specialized freshman seminar course through the lens of science. For more information about this course, view the syllabus.
  • Develop relationships with fellow students, a Community Mentor and a Faculty Fellow.
  • Explore career opportunities in the biological sciences and related professional fields.


  • Themed dinners
  • Guest speakers and  panel discussions on special topics
  • Excursions and service projects
  • Career exploration in biological sciences and related professional fields
  • Opportunities to engage with upper-class science majors
  • Joint study sessions for common courses


The GEMS Community is only open to first-year students.

  • Enroll in the GEMs 100 Freshman Seminar Course
  • Agree to live in Sauls Hall  
  • Attend at least 85% of the classes and programs

How to apply

  • When applying for housing through the housing portal, please select GEMS RLC. By selecting this option, you are not enrolling in the GEMS RLC, simply showing interest in the community. A member of the Residence Life and Housing team will contact you regarding this community.
  • Once selected for the community, you will be placed into the GEMS 100 course in place of your CUFS 100 course.
  • If you have additional questions,  email or call the Residence Life and Housing Office at (800) 334-4111 Ext. 1546.

Meet your Faculty Fellow

Stephanie MatthewsDr. Stephanie Lambeth Mathews, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is excited to partner with Campbell University students in the GEMS Residential Learning Community to engage them in science-related activities outside of class. Her goal is to increase student involvement with science projects on campus and encourage students to continue to make these new opportunities. Dr. Mathews attributes her love of microbiology to these types of activities during her undergraduate degree and is thrilled to inspire the next generation of scientists. More about Dr. Mathews »