Dean's Circle


To learn more about concerns of undergraduate students in the college, in 2008, Dean Wheatly established a new student advisory board called the Dean’s Circle. Consisting of undergraduate students who, together, represent the College’s six comprehensive departments: biological sciences, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics, physics, and psychology. The Dean’s Circle will meet with the Dean once a month during fall and spring semesters to discuss college-related issues that are high on the minds of CoSM students.

In addition to their major, the members of the Dean’s Circle were selected based on their interest, academic achievement, and leadership skills. Assistant Dean Jacqueline Neal serves as the group’s advisor.

2017 applications are currently being accepted. Interested students should complete and submit the below application to the CoSM Student Services Office: 106 Oelman Hall or send applications as email attachments to Dean’s Circle Co-Advisor, Jacqui Neal ( no later than Friday, March 17, 2017 by 5pm.

2017 CoSM Dean's Circle Application

Circle Applications  are accepted each spring term if you are interested in joining the Dean's Circle.  

Check out STEMulations, the presentation and demonstration series presented by the Dean's Circle to highlight STEM fields with exciting and informative events.

Dean's Circle Members for 2016-2017

Annabel Vivian Almazan

AnnabelAlmazan.jpgMy name is Annabel Vivian Almazan, and I’m currently a junior, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in French. After earning my undergraduate degree, I plan to continue my education for a career in medicine. I am also involved in other organizations, being a member of the Honors Director’s Student Advisory Board and the current Vice President of C.J. McLin Jr. Scholars Association. I have also had the opportunity to participate in a summer undergraduate research program where I worked in Dr. Quan Zhong’s lab, examining protein-protein interactions in yeast models. From my experience in the program, I’ve learned the importance of immersing oneself in undergraduate research, as well as the questions some students might have in getting involved. I want to improve student-faculty connections and to contribute to the College of Science and Math by representing its students. If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to say, ‘hello,’ feel free to reach out to me!

Matthew Almazan

MatthewAlmazan.jpgMatthew Almazan is majoring in Biological Sciences with a pre-med track. I am serving as the Senator for the College of Science and Mathematics where I look forward to representing the issues and ideas of its students. In addition, I am employed as a proctor for developmental math and I participate in a host of student organizations. I also enjoy “science-y” things as I spent the past year working in the Biology Department with Dr. Rouhana where we study post-transcriptional regulation in planarian flatworms. I am really excited to meet new people and listen in on their ideas, so please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or even stop to chat if you see me pass by. I would love to hear what you have to say and I look forward to making your dreams come true. 

Jadyn Barga

JadynBarga.jpgHi, my name is Jadyn Barga, and I am currently in my second year at Wright State. I am majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience, while pursuing a pre-med track. I am currently a committee member of the Pre-Health Society, as well as a member of Biology Club, Psychology Club, The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I am also a Teaching Assistant for General Chemistry II, a Research Assistant for Dayton Children’s/WSU Department of Pediatrics, and a Scribe at Wilson Memorial Hospital. After graduation, I hope to move onto medical school where I can eventually become a Neurologist. I am super excited to serve the CoSM as a Dean’s Circle member and help out students in our college. I’d be happy to hear any suggestions or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to come talk to me!

Brenna Childers

BrennaChilders.jpgHello, my name is Brenna Childers and I am so excited to serve for the next two years as a member of the Dean Circle for the College of Science and Mathematics. I am a second year Chemistry major with a pre-optometry track and am also an RA on First Pine this year. Also, I am working with a Chemistry 1 class as a Learning Assistant and involved with Cru. I truly love it here at Wright State, and look forward to working on improving our school. Go Raiders!   

Emily Chriswell

EmilyChriswell.jpgMy name is Emily Chriswell, I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am the president of Psi Chi, the secretary for Psychology club, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and I volunteer as a TA for Human Sexuality. In addition to all my endeavors here at Wright State I am also a wife and a mother to six beautiful children.  After graduation my aspirations are to attend graduate school followed by a career in clinical psychology. I am honored to be a member of the Dean’s Circle and I look forward to being an instrumental part of the College of Science and Mathematics program. 

Maria Dodd

MariaDodd.jpgMy name is Maria Dodd,  I am an honors Psychology student with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience, and I am also  pursuing a pre-med track. I love the neuroscience discipline as well as medicine, and I  work in a neuroscience lab, serve as an officer in both Bio club and the Pre-Medical Society, and I’m a member of the Golden Keys International Honour Society and Psi Chi. I really love being a part of different clubs because I like to meet different people and  learn new perspectives, and I also enjoy helping to improve students experiences here in the College of Science and Math. I am honored to be a part of the Dean’s Circle, and I  look forward to doing my part to contribute to our college! Also, the personalized polo’s are a nice touch.

Becca Ewing

RebeccaEwing.jpgHi everyone I’m Becca Ewing and I’m in my junior year here at Wright State double majoring in math and physics. I work on campus as a TA for the math department and as a tutor in the Math Learning Center. I am passionate about teaching math and love to help my fellow students to have a good experience learning and growing in their understanding of math concepts. I hope to go to graduate school and study astronomy as well as pursue my PhD in physics. In my free time I enjoy reading pretty much anything from historical biography to science fiction and attempting to learn French. I’m so excited to be able to give back to the College of Science and Math and help make a good impression on incoming students through my involvement on the Dean’s Circle. I spend a lot of time on campus during the semester so if you see me around feel free to say hi anytime!

Tanner Hudson

TannerHudson.jpgHello, my name is Tanner Hudson, and I am a sophomore honors student. I am majoring in Biological Sciences – Applied Physiology Concentration, with a Pre-Medicine focus. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend medical school. Currently, my medical interests include Sports Medicine and Oncology. Here at Wright State University, I work as a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry I. In addition, I am a member of the Pre-Health Society, the Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and the Student Honors Association. Out in the community, I serve as a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Soin Medical Center. In addition, I have a passion for serving my hometown, and do so as often as possible. I consider it an honor to serve as a member of the Dean’s Circle, and I take pride in working to make the Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics a place where students are provided with the opportunities for success and a platform to chase their dreams. Go Raiders!

Adam Koraym

AdamKoraym.jpgMy name is Adam Koraym, and I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. I participate in lots of the College of Science and Math clubs including Biology club as well as Pre-Health society. Alongside school, I love to play tennis and ping pong. I'm looking forward to a great year with the CoSM Dean's Circle. 

Emillie Partridge


EmilliePartridge.jpgHello! My name is Emillie Partridge and I am a junior and a commuter at Wright State University. I am pursuing an honors degree in Chemistry with a pre-med emphasis. After graduation I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. I enjoy volunteering at a free clinic and working with kids. I am in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and look forward to serving on the dean’s circle for the next two years. I am easy to talk to and here to represent you. So, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to talk to me!

Filip Polenakovik

FilipPolenjakovik.jpgHi, my name is Filip Polenakovik and I am currently a junior at Wright State majoring in Biology with a pre-med track. I am interested in attending the Boonshoft School of Medicine after my undergraduate studies. On campus, I work as a laboratory prep in the freshman chemistry labs. I recently joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and am a member of several other organizations such as biology club, pre-med club, and MAPS. Off campus, I am a volunteer at Miami Valley Hospital and also volunteer in a research lab at the hospital, working with adipose stem cells. I am thrilled to be part of the CoSM Dean’s Circle!

Zara Qureshi

ZaraQureshi.jpgMy name is Zara Qureshi and I am a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I love learning about the human mind and have had a great academic experience at Wright State so far. I am passionate about helping others and plan on attending graduate school to receive a Master’s degree in an area of psychology. I am currently a volunteer at St. Leonard’s Senior Living Community. I also enjoy reading (a lot), writing, and making digital art. I am so excited to be a part of the Dean’s Circle and look forward to helping out students in the College of Science and Math. I’d be happy to answer any questions or take any suggestions you may have!

Allison Savoie

AllisonSavoie.jpgI am Allison Savoie, a sophomore majoring in Earth and Environmental Science, with a concentration in Environmental Science. After graduating I aim to earn my Master's degree and then my Ph. D. I hope to work in sustainability or aquatic geochemistry and would eventually like to become a professor to share my passion with others. I am currently a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry I, member of the Biology Club, Students Honors Association, and swim for the club team at Wright State. I enjoy traveling, hiking, and canoeing in my free time. I joined the Dean's Circle because I'm passionate about science and math and so that I can try and make a difference that contributes to a more positive college experience for everyone.  I am always open to questions, suggestions, and concerns!

Mitchell Schneider


MitchellScheider2.jpgHello Everyone!  I’m Mitchell Schneider, a sophomore studying Mathematics and Physics.  My ultimate aspiration would be to obtain my PhD in theoretical particle physics and teach at a university.  I have always had a love of mathematics and all earth sciences since a very early age;  acquiring a large rock collection with specimens from all over the world, growing plants from seed, gardening, and rehabilitating sick or injured orchids.  I am an advocate for ‘unseen” disabilities and would like to advance the cause of these students that wish to study in the STEM fields, especially those in the course of science.  I hope also to grow Wright State University’s popularity from being known as a revered local college to the outstanding educational shining star it should be known for throughout the entire state of Ohio and beyond. 

Joy Valdez

JoyValdez.jpgMy name is Joy Valdez, and I am a senior majoring in Biological Sciences – concentration in Applied Physiology. I also have a minor in Public Health. My goal is to further my education in a Physician Assistant program. Aside from being a member of the CoSM Dean Circle, I am also a Resident Assistant in the Honors building, PA chair of Premedical Society, and an Admission Ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions. I am very excited for all the opportunities that Wright State’s College of Science and Math has in store for this year. If you see me on campus don’t be afraid to say hi or to bring up any CoSM questions or concerns you may have!