Academics are a strong component of the NSF LEARN ™ program. All accepted students will take two classes together, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The first course is Fundamentals of Research and Inquiry and the second course is Introduction to Undergraduate Research Design . In Fundamentals of Research and Inquiry, students will be introduced to scientific research and be immersed in a curriculum that promotes scientific literacy. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty members and peers who may potentially serve as research mentors. In Introduction to Undergraduate Research and Design, students will expand their research skills by learning how to define research topics, formulate research questions, prepare research proposals, and develop research communication skills.
While enrolled in Fundamentals of Research and Inquiry students will work to secure a research mentor. In Introduction to Undergraduate Research and Design, transfer students will engage in research with a faculty mentor and freshman students will take part in a research apprenticeship with a graduate student-faculty mentor team.
Throughout the semester, students will also attend academic events. Many of these events are organized on-campus to build the NSF LEARN ™ team into the greater FAU community. Some examples of academic events include the courses Fundamentals of Research and Inquiry and Introduction to Undergraduate Research and Design, Research Presentations, Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry sponsored field trips and workshops.