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B-CU Wraps Up Eight Week Research Boot Camp

Boot Camp

Bethune-Cookman University is dedicated to equipping all faculty and staff members with the tools needed to further their studies, research and careers.  The Office of the Provost and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research recently invited members to learn how to write and submit grant proposals.  The course, which is designed for faculty and staff who have never secured grant money, welcomed eight new students.  The boot camp met for eight weeks at 7:00 am in the library on campus.  The facilitators were Dr. Adrienne Cooper and Mrs. Mayra Martinez, who have helped to secure millions in research dollars throughout their careers.  The B-CU Research Boot Camp will be offered at least once per academic year with small refresher courses in between. 

The boot camp participants were:

-Ahmed Badi, College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics

-Barbara Davis, Henderson School of Religion

-Cornelius Golden, Henderson School of Religion

-Stephan Hamil, College of Liberal Arts

-Michael Humphreys, School of Graduate Studies

-Jyl O'Brien-Williams, Petrock College of Health Sciences

-Felicia Wheaton, Petrock College of Health Sciences

-Kideste Wilder, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Michael Humphreys, Associate Professor of Ethics, expressed his gratitude for the course and the overall experience.  “I'm so very grateful for your coaching; the exercises you prepared and guided us through; the way you both challenged us and cheered for us,” said Dr. Humphreys.  “It was much more than I'd hoped, and I can't thank you enough.” Dr. Adrienne Cooper was overjoyed to witness new collaborations and cohesiveness taking place among the faculty and staff. “Truly, it was the highlight of my week,” said Dr. Cooper. “It was such a pleasure to see the engagement, intellectual discourse and excitement within the group.” 

The boot camp covered all aspects of grant writing including its failures and successes.  The next steps for the course graduates are to establish research programs and mentor students.  In addition, the faculty and staff members are required to complete and submit a proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research by the end of the summer.  A positive display of success is already taking place among the group as three of them have been selected for the university’s summer CURE (Center for Research Excellence) Program. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Adrienne Cooper  

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About Bethune Cookman University:

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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