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CURE Summer Research Scholars Apply Learning to Real Life

The spirit of increasing research resources is the hallmark of research institutions and B-CU is not far behind in claiming a spot among the elites through its Center for Undergraduate Research (CURE). CURE promotes effective student-faculty interaction and collaborations, pairing undergraduate students with faculty to provide hands-on research and intellectual studies. 

During summer 2018, 32 undergraduate students participated in a 10-week residential program, which included attending scheduled lectures and workshops, in addition to participation in research projects with their faculty mentors. The following winning teams were selected to present their findings during the Florida Classic academic showcase. 

Swarm Robotics

Students: Ryan Williams, Brent McGlashon, John Charite and 

Faculty mentors: Dr. Juan Calderon and Dr. Xiaohe Wu

Implications of Social Media on Small Businesses in Daytona Beach

Student: Abhinav Walia

Faculty mentor: Dr. Dennis Pires

Effects of Superbloom Conditions on the Density of Zooplankton in the Indian River Lagoon, FL

Students: Alyssa Stubbs, Jonathan Johnson 

Faculty mentor: Dr. Sarah Krejci 

Hypertension and DASH Diet

Students: Joycelyn Newbold, Nadya Simpson 

Faculty mentor: Dr. Matilda Johnson

Full List of CURE Projects:


Student Engagement in Community Development

Lamia Cyrus and Dr. Nki 

Alzheimer’s Disease Metabolomics & Health Disparities among Ethnic Groups

Ki’Anna Watson and Dr. Bolden

A Systematic Review of Stroke Rehabilitation Methods In Occupational Therapy

Mykail Miles and Dr. Mirtz 

She Speaks: The Impact of Womanism within Society and International Communities Jamerika Ramsey, Jasmine Houston-Rosado and Dr. Davis

To Law Enforcement Officers the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide and Its Applicability

Jazzee Conner, Ashleigh Stubbs and Dr. Hollar

Interactive Analytics Resource on Biofilm Developmental Stages

Brianna Johnson and Dr. Mapp

Differences in Radiographic Features in Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) among African Americans and Caucasians

Xavia White and Dr. Rahim-Williams 

Design and Development of Java Simulation Platform for Content Centric Network Caching

Ashim Ghimire, Astranique Gardiner and Dr. Badi

Examining Factors that Contribute to Test Anxiety in Nursing Students at an HBCU     

Melinda Cook, Shannon Clarke, Oashia Hillman, Daniel Kiptoo, Judith Strachan, Branden Lewis and Dr. Jones, Dr. Wilson and Mr. Jones

Mass Incarceration and Crime Prevention

Kevin Richardson, Ezekiel Johnson and Dr. Golden

Differentiating the Motor Aspects of the Three Different Types of Cerebral Palsy Troniese Ware and Dr. Mirtz

Historic 2ndAve. (MMB Blvd) Pre-Urban Renewal Digital Mapping Project

Kendrick Roberts, Darnez Stovall and Dr.Ford

Impact of E-Cigarettes on Mutagenesis of Zebrafish Embryos

Rashel Jenkins Jacquezz Nickerson and Dr. Hayward

Human-Information Interaction Project

Tommy Thompson, Antoinette Destefano and Dr. Almom and Dr. Isokpehi

Economic Inequality and African Americans: A Comparative Analysis

Devounte Ho-Hing and Dr. Nwafor

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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