LEAP (Life-science Early Awareness Program) is a living learning community program for first-year students majoring in Biology or Natural Science in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Students in the LEAP program are enrolled in four linked courses team-taught by faculty members from the Seaver and Bellarmine Colleges and a staff member from Student Affairs. The linked courses, along with the residential living component and other co-curricular experiences, are designed to create a fully integrated learning experience and further the student’s interest and success in pursuing careers in the natural sciences. Examples of co-curricular programs that will be offered to LEAP participants are a pre-college “explore LA program” and a science themed alternative break trip in the Spring.
All students enrolled in the LEAP program are required to live in the residential community located on the fourth floor of Del Rey North.
For more information about LEAP and to learn how to enroll in the program, please contact the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at (310) 338-2834.
Experience from former LEAP Students
"Signing up to be in LEAP has proven to be one of the best choices I’ve made. As a first generation college student I came into LMU with no idea on what I was in for. LEAP eased my transition into college by helping me emerge into the LMU community through introducing me to the various resources on campus. The LEAP program has been the foundation to my academic success." Johnny Q 2007-08 LEAP Participant
Meet the Staff
LEAP Student Affairs Coordinator, Richard Rocheleau
As the Associate Vice President for Student Life, Rich is responsible for several deparments charged with careating an evlivened, engaging campus for LMU Students. Those departments include Student Housing, Student Leadership and Development, the Center for Service and Action, First year Experience and Campus Recreation. Rich is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin and studied Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before going on to get his Master's Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Rich enjoys travel, running, cooking and caring for his four-legged friends, and his three tropical fish tanks.
Resident Advisor Daniel Ruiz
Daniel Ruiz is a junior Chemistry major with a Biochemistry minor from San Jose, California. He is interested in pursuing a career in Material Science. Daniel conducts environmental research with his Analytical Chemistry Professor and is currently involved in MAGIS, an on-campus service organization. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing and hanging out at the beach. He was a LEAPer his freshman year and is looking forward to building relationships with the incoming LEAP class.
Resident Advisor Beatriz Guerra
Beatriz Guerra is from Pomona, California and is a Sophomore Biology major with a Spanish minor. She is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. She is currently involved in Marians, one of LMU’s service organizations and served on the Resident Housing Association as the Hall Brawls Representative of Del Rey North. Beatriz recently finished her first year as a LEAPer and is excited to begin her first year as the LEAP Resident Advisor.