Academics in Residence

Academic Communities

Academic communities allow students the opportunity to meet and build connections with other high-achieving students in their faculty or Scholar program. There are three academic communities offered:

  1. Business (first year students – located in Rundle Hall)
  2. S.T.E.M (first year students – located in Kananaskis Hall)
  3. Scholars Advantage (first year students – located in Cascade Hall)

For communities associated with an academic field (Business and Entrepreneurship, S.T.E.M.), the focus will be on developing a community of first-year peers who similar interests. Students will have opportunities to attend activities and events designed to complement coursework, offered right where they live. There will also be opportunities to network with other students, faculty, and staff in the faculty in order to share an ongoing support network. Both of these communities are open to students enrolled in any faculty.

For the Scholar community (Scholars' Advantage) the focus will be on connecting academically high achieving students with a community of peers, key resources on campus, and opportunities for personal development. Students will have opportunities to attend activities and events designed to complement their current extra-curricular events and courses. If prestige award winners do not occupy all rooms, students who request Scholars' Advantage may be given the opportunity to live with this community.

What to Expect:

  • opportunities to create study and activity groups with other students in the faculty or Scholar program
  • opportunities to meet with faculty members in your area
  • sessions provided by faculty and staff
  • discussions on academic topics and issues to enrich classroom learning
  • peer presentations on a variety of relevant topics, ranging from resume tips, networking, to choosing a major
  • leadership development activities.

How to Apply

Check off your Community of choice on your online residence application form and answer the application question.


For more information, email Kristin Lorenzen at or Shae Rothery at .

Math and Writing Support

Academics in Residence (AIR) offers a variety of free math and writing support services. Math and Writing Support is offered through the Student Success Centre and is offered on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Academic Support is located in the Aurora Hall multi-purpose room (you don’t need a key – you can enter via the quad on the Dining Centre side of the building).

This service is open to all residents. The Writing Support Specialist can help with any university level writing issue. The Math Support Specialist can help with any foundational mathematics issue, as well as statistics, introductory calculus, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. For winter 2019, Math Support will be mainly focused on calculus. For additional support with other mathematical fields, please check with the Student Success Centre.

This is not a class or presentation. The Specialists will work with you on your particular questions or issues. No appointment is necessary and you can stay for as long as you want.

How to Access the Aurora Multipurpose Room

AIR hosts a number of programs in the Aurora Multipurpose room (AU 128). If you are not a resident of Aurora Hall, you can access the building through the external door to the room, facing the Dining Centre. See the map below for more details.