L.E.A.R.N. is a living-learning community established at UCF in 2011 that focuses on STEM students' academic success. By working with on-campus partners, L.E.A.R.N. is able to provide multiple layers of mentoring, a strong community focus, and academic opportunities that are generally reserved for upper-level students. The goals of the program are to:
- Increase retention in the STEM disciplines.
- Provide an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience through an early research opportunity. Students will take an Introduction to Research course and serve as research apprentices with research groups in STEM areas.
- Offer a small learning community consisting of 28 students at a large research university. Students will get to know their cohort of peers through the living environment (i.e., residence hall) and will also have university mentors including faculty, graduate students, and upperclassmen. L.E.A.R.N. will accept 28 students into the program for the fall 2014.
- The L.E.A.R.N. program will serve as a feeder for upper-level undergraduate research programs already developed (e.g., McNair Scholars) and graduate programs. Students who are successful in the program will be recruited into several junior- and senior-level research programs at UCF.
This program is run by the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with UCF Housing and Residence Life.