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 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 the fall. Then they will be paired with 1-2 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.

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

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