Six UCF students from the National Science Foundation-sponsored LEARN program have been accepted to prestigious summer programs around the country.
The program, a first-year living and learning community for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students, provides the opportunity for students to live, take courses, and do research together their first year at UCF.
The program aims to increase STEM retention by providing mentoring and academic support, while exposing students to discipline-specific research. Summer research programs are meant to expose students to an intense research experience and expand their preparation for graduate education.
The students who have been accepted this year are:
Additionally, two students from the 2011 cohort were accepted to prestigious programs:
Both students form the 2011 cohort also completed summer research experiences last summer at the National Institutes of Health (Borland) and Iowa State University (Mendez). Being accepted for these summer experiences so early in their careers makes them very competitive for graduate education and additional opportunities.