Graduate Research Mentors


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

Faculty are encouraged to nominate students for the program. Click the “Nominate Now!” button below.

Graduate Students may apply by clicking the “Apply Now!” button.

Applications are due by October 16th. 


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