Science is the new black in the workforce, with many industries seeking the best candidates for roles in all types of specialisations. In response to this demand for STEM graduates, how are universities meeting the needs of their undergraduate students? Sabrina Solanki and her team based at the University of California, the United States of America, investigated whether the Enhanced Academic Success Experience (EASE) program benefitted first year undergraduate students studying biological sciences at the university. Studies in the past have shown learning communities not only positively impact on students understanding of science topics and communication of information, they are tremendous facilitators for providing students with a sense of belonging and the academic motivation to succeed. For further insight about the research teams experimental approach and findings, follow the link to their report Success with EASE: Who benefits from a STEM learning community? published in Plos One.