F-L.E.A.R.N. is a UCF learning community aimed at increasing retention and graduation, especially among first-generation and underrepresented students. Organized through the Office of Undergraduate Research, students take a class together, while completing a research apprenticeship with a Graduate Research Mentor (GRM).
- The research apprenticeship will be three hours per week for 12 weeks in your research environment (spring semester).
- GRMs receive a small scholarship of $250 for 1 mentee or $350 for 2 mentees, to be distributed in March.
- GRMs serve as guides for the F-L.E.A.R.N. students throughout the apprenticeship.
- GRMs will also provide the program with information regarding each participant throughout and at the end of the semester (i.e., weekly activity logs, attendance and participation).
- Graduate students selected as Scholars for the L.E.A.R.N. program will gain mentoring guidance through training in late October. Then they will be paired with one or two F-L.E.A.R.N. students during the spring semester.
Requirements for Graduate Research Mentors:
- Be a full-time, thesis-track graduate student in a discipline that matches our current cohort of F-L.E.A.R.N. students (College of Sciences, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Medicine, or Optics and Photonics)
- Have a research placement under a UCF faculty member
- Attend L.E.A.R.N. Mentor Training in fall semester
- Mentor one or two F-L.E.A.R.N. student(s) 3 hours per week during the spring semester
- Complete evaluation forms and reflections