L.E.A.R.N. is a living-learning community (LLC) established at UCF in 2011 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students' academic success. By working with on-campus partners, L.E.A.R.N. provides a select group of 28 first-year students an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience through an early research opportunity that is generally reserved for upper-level students.
Students in this program will:
- Experience a close-knit learning community at a large research university with 27 other STEM students, mentors, faculty, and staff. We understand that coming to the second largest university in the nation can be a bit daunting to a first-year student. We therefore strive on providing opportunities for our L.E.A.R.N. students to build one-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus. To learn more about the mentoring experience in the program, visit our mentoring page.
- Receive personalized academic advising through a dedicated L.E.A.R.N. academic advisor, priority registration, and a scholarship.
- Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation. Each course is 2 credit hours; Part I taken in the fall semester and Part II taken in the spring semester. To learn more about the class and to see a sample syllabus, visit our academic page.
- Engage in a 12-week research apprenticeship witha graduate student-faculty mentor team. To learn more about the apprenticeship experience, visit our academic page.
- Participate in academic, social, and community service activities through UCF-sponsored events to build and strengthen their network of peers. To learn more about our events, visit our community page and our timeline.
- Aquire skills that will make them qualified and competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs (e.g. McNair Scholars, Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), FG-LSAMP, NACME) and graduate programs. Students who are successful in the program will be recruited into several junior- and senior-level research programs at UCF. We also strongly support and highly encourage our students to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs nationwide.
This program is run by the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with UCF Housing and Residence Life.