World of Science: Fact and Fiction

The World of Science: Fact and Fiction is designed for incoming freshmen who are interested in understanding the universe, or who want to get involved in research that will change industries like robotics, clean energy, and medical imaging. Members of this World will learn more about the field and related career paths, and be introduced to scholars with active and expanding research programs at the University at Albany in areas such as string theory, quantum theory, biophysics, and more.

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As a member of an L-LC, you will have a built-in community of friends and colleagues right from the start by living in the same hall and taking classes together!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you are an active and engaged member of your L-LC throughout your freshman year, you could become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Mentor: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly meals in your own dining hall!
World of Science: Fact and Fiction Lead Faculty: Professors Matthew Szydagis and Jon Petrucelli
Weekly L-LC Dinner: Wednesdays 4:05 PM - 5:00 PM

Academic Advisor: John Martinez

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as your World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Science: Fact and Fiction is open to Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Science majors and students interested in science fiction.

What does the World of Science: Fact and Fiction do?

The World of Science: Fact and Fiction will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend career themed events together.

Fall 2020 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Science: Fact and Fiction
Chemistry 124: General Chemistry Lab I
Chemistry 120: General Chemistry I
Physics 140: Physics I: Mechanics
Physics 145: Physics Lab I

Spring 2021 L-LC Courses
Wiring and Critical Inquiry 101
Chemistry 121: General Chemistry II
Physics 150: Physics II: Electromagnetism
Physics 155: Physics Lab II

Students in the World of Science: Fact and Fiction will participate in community service, as well as a number of workshops and seminars covering topics such as:

  • Review sessions and study groups
  • ‘Society of Physics Students’ club events
  • Organized tours of research laboratories
  • Social gatherings with your friends, such as physics competitions and game show events
  • Research seminars and guest speakers
  • Trip to Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island