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B-CU Students Attend the Political Science National Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Undergraduate Research Conference In Washington, D.C.


Students Presented Research on Policies that Target Minorities in the

United States Public School System 

Bethune-Cookman University political science graduating seniors, Taylor and Tyler Durrant traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Political Science National Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society’s annual conference at George Washington University. The students presented research on disciplinary policies in the United States that target African-American, Hispanic, and Latino women within the U.S. public school system. While at the conference, the students had the opportunity to network and hear from graduates and doctoral students from George Washington University and Georgetown University.

“I am extremely proud to witness Taylor and Tyler shine among students throughout the nation in presenting their research,” said Associate Professor, Dr. Dorcas McCoy. Political science students that excel in political and social science research and coursework are eligible to attend and present at the conference.

“Through our curriculum, CURES, field experiences, internships, conference travel and other avenues, we are endeavoring to prepare as many political science and international studies students as possible for excellence in education, research and service,” Dr. McCoy added. “The opportunity to present our research in D.C. was a monumental check on my undergraduate bucket list as a political science researcher,” said graduating senior, Taylor Durrant. “Our research calls our public consciousness to examine disciplinary policies in the United States that are disproportionally targeting African American, Hispanic, and Latino women in U.S. Public Schools,” Durrant explained.

Dr. Janice Allen-Kelsey, Dr. Manual DeLeon, and the Senior Thesis Committee members (Mrs. Cheryl Grimes-Long, Dr. Valerie Sigwalt and Dr. Demetrios Smith) have all assisted in making the trip to Washington, D.C. happen for the students. Currently, Dr. McCoy is actively working toward preparing the next group of students to present in the conference and publish their research before graduation.

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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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