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:
- 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.
- Receive priority registration, scholarships, and a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities.
- Enroll in two research focused courses. To learn more about these classes, visit our academic page.
- Engage in undergraduate research. To learn more, visit our academic page.
- 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.
- 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.