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About the NSF LEARN Program

L.E.A.R.N.™ stands for the Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (LEARN ), which is a program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students' academic success. The program is a collaborative National Science Foundation funded initiative that is being launched in partnership with Florida Atlantic University, University of Central Florida, and Western Carolina University. By working with on-campus partners, LEARN  provides a select group of  freshman and transfer STEM students with an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience through undergraduate research. 

Students in this program will:

  1. Experience a close-knit community at a large research university with other STEM students, mentors, faculty, and staff.  Transitioning to a new university can be a bit daunting. We therefore strive to provide opportunities for our LEARN™ students to build one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus and to become part of the OWL academic culture. To learn more about the mentoring experience in the program, visit our mentoring page.
  2. Receive priority registration, scholarships, and a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities.
  3. Enroll in two research focused courses. To learn more about these classes, visit our academic page.
  4. Engage in undergraduate research. To learn more, visit our academic page.
  5. Participate in academic, social, and community engagements through FAU-sponsored events to build and strengthen your network of peers. To learn more about our events, visit our community page. 
  6. Acquire skills to become more qualified and more competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs and graduate programs. Students who are successful in the program will be recruited into several junior- and senior-level research programs at FAU. We also strongly support and highly encourage our students to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs nationwide. Please visit the Student Opportunity Center (S.O.C.) to learn more about available local, regional, and national undergraduate research opportunities. 


Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply to the NSF LEARN™ Program, students must meet the following requirements.

Transfer Students 

  • Incoming transfer from a community or state college 
  • Earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S) degree prior to the program start date 
  • Have a declared major in the College of Science  or College of Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree 
  • Transfer GPA 3.0 or higher 

 Freshman Students 

  • Incoming from high school 
  • Have a declared major in the College of Science  or College of Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
  • High school GPA of 3.6 or higher (unweighted) 

Underrepresented and first generation students are  strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits 

All students in the NSF LEARN™ Program benefit from the following: 

  • A research scholarship
  • 2 Introduction to Research courses
  • Participation in undergraduate research 
  • Priority Registration 
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • A network of friends
  • Support that promotes success academically and professionally 

The LEARN™ Team