Cohort student collaboration and problem-solving support will be facilitated by the mentors and advisors. A "learning community" will be formed through a variety of events, workshops, field excursions, and activities as part of the Title III award, improving the institution through STEM excellence. There will be regular meetings, lectures by professors, talks by  STEM majors and mentor students, and sporadic field trips.

  • Career Development & Civic Engagement
  • Industry Days
  • Internship Opportunities / REU Opportunities
  • CV Writing Workshops
  • Mock Interviews
  • Field Trip to Industry & Community Project Sites

Tutoring Lab are available for students who need help and those who would like to sharpen their skills and be prepared for coursework.

Cohort 1 - Student Scholar Profiles

Shakira BrownI am a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. I am currently a Health and Exercise Science major with a minor in Psychology striving for a Bachelor's degree. After completing my bachelor’s, I aspire to go to Physician Assistant school to obtain my master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). I want to be a PA because I want to make an impact on as many lives as possible, and I enjoy the mystery of finding out the causes of different diseases and public health issues. Aside from school I enjoy reading, writing, researching, doing experiments and creating all different types of art. With my hobbies of researching and conducting experiments, I have been offered an amazing outlet here at Bethune-Cookman to be able to research about numerous aquatic animals while also being educated further on how each affects our ecological system. I love it at Bethune-Cookman because I am not too far from my family, and I have a major support system that is like a home away from home.

Tianna BrownI am a junior majoring in Computer Science hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. I have had an interest in technology since I was young, and I love to learn new things. Since technology is always changing, there’s something new to learn every day. I enjoy different activities such as learning new languages, building puzzles, drawing, spinning flag, and traveling. Being a part of this internship, I have been challenged by not only the work I am doing, but by myself and my instructor to hone my skills to then apply it to this profession. I am extremely excited to see where this takes me in my career.

Keddler DavidI am a sophomore at Bethune Cookman University located in Daytona Beach FL. I am majoring in biology and have lived in West Palm Beach Florida since I was born. I love living in Florida because I get to spend time with family and friends and enjoy what Florida has to offer. My hobbies are listening and playing music, going to church, and spending time with family/friends. The main reason I’m majoring is biology in because of my interests in pediatrics. Ever since I was 6, I’ve wanted to be a pediatrician and I’m extremely passionate about it. After I graduate, I plan to head straight to medical school to pursue my dreams in pediatrics. My long-term goal is to one day open and establish my own clinic helping every child possible within my community. Over the past years I’ve shadowed my doctor and have done plenty of research regarding the pediatric population. I am eternally grateful to be receiving an education at BCU and to be part of the S-STEM program.

Ashly DessourcesI am currently a junior majoring in the B.S. Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry at Bethune-Cookman University. I love learning about chemical processes related to living organisms. I love how Biochemistry combines two disciplines, Biology and Chemistry, that focuses on the structure, functions, compositions, and chemical reactions of living organisms. I love spending time with my friends and family, as well as learning new languages. I like it at B-CU because of the great STEM mentorship the university provides. I am grateful to learn and gain great knowledge from my mentors, as well as build great connections.

Keanna ForbesI am currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I chose this path driven by a genuine love for technology and a desire to play a role in advancing our digital society. Outside the realm of code and algorithms, you'll find me unwinding through my two favorite hobbies – singing and cooking. It's my creative playground where I get to explore and express myself. My journey at Bethune-Cookman has been eye-opening, offering me lessons beyond textbooks. The STUT-STEMEX program, in particular, is not just a line on my resume; it is where I have forged connections and tackled real-world challenges. The program has further fueled my passion for exploring the frontiers of computer science. As I dive into the complexities of my coursework, my goal is to truly grasp the ins and outs of Computer Science. I am passionate about understanding how technology works in the real world. I am excited about the prospect of turning my classroom knowledge into something tangible, something that could make a difference in today’s society. It's not just a career path for me; it's a journey toward contributing to advancements that matter in our everyday lives.

Justin GrantI am a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman University majoring in computer engineering. I like to play video games, especially the ones that require you to use creative thinking in order to advance through the level. I have that same level of cerebral stimulation when I solve mathematical equations or code. I also like to play music and sports. In addition to being a member of the Bethune-Cookman University band, I work on a media team that records and edits music by local musicians. Participating in the STUT STEMX program has allowed me to further explore my career and degree while also relieving a significant financial burden. Through this, I have gained more knowledge and first-hand experience.

Nichole Cerena JamesI am a Junior pursuing my degree in biology. I was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. I enjoy gardening, roller skating, and playing the piano and acoustic guitar. I am passionate about helping others. I have been a nurse since 2019 and plan to further my career in medicine with my degree in biology at Bethune -Cookman University.

Shaquan TysonI am from the US Virgin Islands, St.Thomas. I am also a senior attending Bethune Cookman University majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. I am very interested in the overall function, performances, and compatibility of hardware and software devices. At Bethune Cookman I am also a Teacher Assistant and I tutor students in different programming classes throughout the day.Other days I work alongside Dr.Calderon with the ECOCar project that is partnered with Embry Riddle. Along with being a TA I am also section leader of the trombone section for the Bethune Cookman Marching Wildcats. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing video games, and skateboarding.

Marquala WhitmonI am a licensed orthodontic technician from Nashville, Tennessee. I work for Braces by Dr. Ruth during the summer, helping the doctor diagnose, treat, prevent, and straighten up mismatched bite patterns and misaligned jaws and teeth. I'm enrolled in Bethune-Cookman University, an esteemed institution. I am a junior majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry as of the first semester. My major in biology is mostly motivated by my passion for dentistry and the curriculum's strong alignment with the courses I'll need to apply to dental schools. I am thrilled to have been selected for the STUT-STEM EX scholarship because I am a stem major. I have benefited financially from this scholarship throughout the semesters, and it has helped me come one step closer to my career goal of being an orthodontist. To be able to identify as a STUT-STEM EX scholar is an incredible distinction. I'm confident that after completing this program, I'll be prepared to tackle dental school.

Demar WilliamsI am a sophomore majoring in Chemistry at Bethune-Cookman University, looking to pursue pharmacy school. I was born in Jamaica but was raised in Hollywood, Florida. I enjoy being active by playing sports or working out in my free time. Currently, I am a part of a school-funded, student-led internship, which has allowed me to start a mental health initiative related to depression to help provide awareness and resources to the community. I am also a STUT-STEMEx Scholar, where I am provided with an immersive research experience, building knowledge, professional development, and transferable competencies and skills that can be applied in future courses, activities, and life beyond school.