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B-CU Awarded $304,000 for New National Science Foundation Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Bethune-Cookman University has been awarded a three-year, $304,000 REU Site grant by the National Science Foundation to begin on March 1, 2018. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Through this award, B-CU will fund Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics site. The research project is led by B-CU Mathematics and Biology-Environmental Science professors: Dr. Seenith Sivasundaram and Dr. Yunkul Kim. With mathematical modeling as the main precept, a multidisciplinary team of science, mathematics, and computer science faculty, will provide research-learning experiences to participating students in the data analytic aspects of multiple scientific disciplines, including: chemistry, computer science, biology and environmental sciences.

The overall objectives of the REU site are to promote early engagement of undergraduate students in research and to expose students to interdisciplinary modeling and data analytic resources. This will foster active learning through hands-on experiences in a collaborative research environment, and inspire students to pursue advanced STEM education and research careers. The REU site will pursue these objectives by engaging students in a set of carefully and extensively planned research projects that pose a wide range of scientific, technological and data analytic challenges.

In line with these projects, the Program offers a variety of activities designed to improve students' data analytics, modeling, problem-solving, research, and communication skills. The Program will also adopt long-term mentoring relationships between students and faculty through intensive collaboration and interaction. The Program seeks participating from 80 percent of underrepresented minority participants to increase diversity in future STEM workforce.

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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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