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B-CU Professors Share STEM Research in White House Initiative on HBCUs Webinar


Dr. Hector N. Torres was invited to participate in the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Webinar for the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s education research-focused programs.

The overarching purpose of the research presented, “Investigating the Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation Development on Student Academic Success,” is how to produce STEM graduates with argumentation expertise to address-ill structured problems that require scientific, evidence-based reasoning to inform decisions.

“The webinar provided an important opportunity for B-CU to show the work we continue to do to prepare our students to explore a career in STEM and/or enter into a STEM workforce,” said Dr. Torres.

The research team included B-CU scholars Dr. Hector N. Torres, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Science Education and Principal Investigator; Dr. Raphael D. Isokpehi, Professor, Microbiology and Bioinformatics and Co-Principal Investigator; and Dr. Claudette McFadden, Professor, Speech Communications and Director of the Thurgood Marshall Debate Society and Co-Principal Investigator.

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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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