B-CU Memberships and Partnerships

Member of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Visual Analytics

Visual Analytics Center of Excellence at Purdue University. Bethune-Cookman University is a member of the Thus the project will have access to researchers and visual analytics tools developed by network of academic institutions, industry and government agencies. http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/vaccine/

National Science Foundation Funded Projects on STEM Education

The following active projects are providing a strong foundation for innovative strategies to teaching and learning at Bethune-Cookman University. Targeted Infusion Project: Developing Quantitative Expertise in the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum (QEUBiC): The project at Bethune-Cookman University seeks to enhance undergraduate education in the biology department by developing a curriculum that focuses on quantitative expertise. Students will be taught how to work with large data sets to understand biological systems and to solve problems in biology. Assessment metrics that integrate quantitative literacy, scientific literacy and strategic learning will be developed as part of the overall evaluation of the project. Three research and innovation facilitating courses have been developed through this project: Advanced Computing Resources in Biology; Computational Genomics; and BioMolecular Technologies. Investigating the Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation Development on Student Academic Success: Bethune-Cookman University is examining the effects of socioscientific argumentation learning and development on student success in STEM. The overarching purpose of the research is to investigate how to produce STEM graduates with argumentation expertise to address ill-structured problems that require scientific, evidence-based reasoning to inform decisions.

Collaboration with Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC)

Researchers at B-CU are incorporating Computer-Based Cognitive Tutors (www.oli.cmu.edu) into the learning of STEM courses.

GMAP member

Moffitt Cancer Center received a grant from the National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to bring together researchers, trainees, new and early-stage investigators, and community health members to identify and prioritize region-specific cancer research, education, outreach and training needs. The grant is part of the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP), a network of regional hubs that provide a systematic approach to facilitating collaboration, cooperation, information- and resource-sharing, and capacity-building among cancer health disparities researchers, trainees, outreach workers and organizations, with the key goal of advancing cancer health disparities research and training. https://moffitt.org/research-science/partnerships/community/gmap/

ReTool partner

The ReTOOL program was established in February 2012 with funding support from the Department of Defense (DOD) Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), Award No. W81XWH-12-1-0083. The ReTOOL program is a partnership program between University of Florida (UF), Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Bethune Cookman University (BCU) to address the lack of well-trained minority prostate cancer scientists in Florida. Within the next two years, we will train at least 10 FAMU, UF and BCU minority students to create opportunities and promote prostate cancer research careers for these students in the areas of basic, behavioral, biomedical and clinical sciences.  http://retool.cop.ufl.edu/about/

F-Star partnership

In 2011, The Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR) was established by the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicines’ Office for Diversity and Inclusion to increase the number of highly qualified medical school applicants from minority groups that were underrepresented in medicine—primarily African Americans and Hispanics. Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR) is a multi-year academic and social enrichment program for motivated students who are preparing for a career in medicine.  This program will provide year-round support and services to students throughout their undergraduate experience.  Each year 15 rising sophomores will be selected from our partnering institutions to participate in the F-STAR Fellowship program. http://medicine.fiu.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/diversity/f-star/index.html

FGLSAMP member

Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participation  in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), proposes to significantly increase the numbers of STEM baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D. recipients through the implementation of best practices. The FGLSAMP model employs a holistic approach to meet our goal focused upon:

      • STEM Recruitment
      • STEM Retention
      • STEM Graduation

With a significant focus upon student exposure to STEM socialization gained through professional development and academic enhancement activities, FGLSAMP will cultivate greater program execution and output. http://www.fglsamp.com/about-us