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About L.E.A.R.N at WCU

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L.E.A.R.N.™ is a learning community (LC) established at WCU in 2016 with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students' academic success.

By working with on-campus partners, L.E.A.R.N.™ provides a select group of 20 transfer students at WCU an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience. L.E.A.R.N.™ students are continuously supported and build critical thinking and career readiness skills. Through early mentor-supported research opportunities, students enjoy unique learning experiences that are generally reserved for upper-level students. Students who join L.E.A.R.N.™ are empowered to build knowledge, skills, and networks that can pave a way to upper-level and post-graduate career opportunities.

Students in this Program Will:

1. Experience a close-knit learning community at a regional university with other STEM students, mentors, faculty, and staff.

We understand that coming to a new university can be a bit daunting to a transfer student. We strive to provide opportunities for our L.E.A.R.N.™ students to build one-to-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus. L.E.A.R.N. students learn and study together throughout their time in the program. L.E.A.R.N. students are provided a 2-course platform where they can work, study, and share experiences as transfer students joining the WCU research community.

2. Receive personalized academic advising through a dedicated L.E.A.R.N. academic advisor and a scholarship.

Students in the L.E.A.R.N. program will receive personalized academic advising with a WCU advisor dedicated to the L.E.A.R.N. program. Students have the opportunity to meet with the L.E.A.R.N. academic advisor several times throughout the year through planned advising check-ins, or if at any point a student feels the need to meet. In addition to personalized academic advising, students in L.E.A.R.N. will receive a scholarship.

3. Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation.

Earn credit hours toward your degree by participating in the 2-course platform. T-L.E.A.R.N. students are enrolled in Introduction to Research (Part I) and Undergraduate Research in the Discipline (Part II). Students in the L.E.A.R.N. program can earn up to four elective credit hours, 3 of which can count towards a student's 25 % rule.

4. Engage in a 12-week research apprenticeship with an upper-level undergraduate student-faculty mentor team.

Students in L.E.A.R.N. will work alongside a student and faculty mentor team. Their help and guidance will provide the L.E.A.R.N. student a path to transition into the research area and the experimental designs.

5. Participate in academic, social, and community service activities through WCU-sponsored events to build and strengthen their network of peers.

Through our partnership with the Center for Career and Professional Development, L.E.A.R.N. students get opportunity to advance their extracurricular transcripts through the Degree Plus Program. Students who participate in Degree Plus can engage more fully on campus and build broader community networks, while advancing their interests and their resumes.

6. Acquire skills that will make them qualified and competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs.

Students who are successful in the program will be attractive candidates for junior- and senior-level research programs at WCU. We also strongly support and highly encourage our students to apply for competitive summer undergraduate research programs, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs.

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