Student Life

Student Life Video

Our campus, research, technology, and academic clubs are all experiencing innovation and growth that make this the best time to be a Raider! Getting involved in campus life, meeting new people and developing leadership skills will enhance your total college experience and is an important piece of your college career. Take a moment to view our student life video to discover some of the ways you can connect with other students and get involved!

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 Joyce Howes serves as the group’s advisor.


Dean's Circle Members for 2014-2015

Matthew Almazan


I am Matthew Almazan, a sophomore 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.  

Abigail Backs

My name is Abigail Backs, and I am a junior majoring in Biological Sciences. My ultimate goal is to attend the Boonshoft School of Medicine and open a pediatrics office in my hometown. I am currently the Secretary of the Student Alumni Association and a President’s Ambassador, as well as being involved in the Premedical Society, Biology Club, Golden Key Society, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I look forward to serving on the Dean’s Circle for the College of Science and Mathematics for the next two years, and as always, go Raiders!

Allison Felkley

I am Allison Felkley, a current junior at Wright State University in the College of Science and Mathematics. After two full years of studying under the Science and Mathematics staff I have realized that I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place to attain my biology degree. Through Wright State I have gotten to take advantage of wonderful opportunities outside of the classroom including being a peer instructor, a member of the Golden Key Organization and joining the Dean’s Circle for the College of Science and Mathematics. After I graduate I plan to go back to school to study physical therapy.

Josh Jordan

I am Josh Jordan. I’m a sophomore math and physics major in the Dean’s Circle. Right now, I’m interested in just about anything to do with either. I hope one day to become a mathematician or mathematical physicist and do research--preferably for a university. In my free-time, I enjoy reading science fiction and, on occasion, writing. I decided to go out for this position because I want to help make everyone’s college experience enjoyable, so, if you see me in the halls, let me know how you’re doing. I’m also all too happy talk about math, books, or just about anything.

Kimiko Kidd

Hey there! My name’s Kimiko Kidd, I’m an Earth and Environmental Science major, with a concentration in Environmental Science, and I’m minoring in Sociology. In addition to being a member of the Dean’s Circle, I’m also the president of the Sociology club, and I volunteer with Five Rivers Metroparks. After graduating, I’m aiming to pursue a Master’s degree and Ph.D., and a career in both academia and wildlife management. Science is my passion, and I love to speak at outreach events and connect with prospective students. I’m thrilled to be a member of the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Circle, and I hope to contribute as much as I can to the ongoing success of Wright State’s science and math department! 

Stephanie Lake

Hi, my name is Stephanie Lake and I’m currently a fourth year dual physics and math major. Ways I’ve made the science and math stick in my head are through my past varied jobs: I’ve been a teaching assistant for several physics and calculus courses, grader for hundreds of students, and education research assistant supporting physics faculty plan lectures. Not only have they helped me retain knowledge, but they also are great opportunities to ease others into STEM and show technical fields don’t have to be intimidating! As my WSU career ends up and my future one begins, I hope to enter graduate school and model everyday (but complex) physical phenomena. Please, if you are a CoSM student and have questions to ask or suggestions to make, speak to me about it!

Nhi Hue Lam

My name is Nhi Lam, and I am a junior majoring in chemistry and biology. I am currently serving as the vice president of C. J. McLin Jr. Scholars as well as working with Dr. Ioana Sizemore’s research group on studies of nanoparticles toxicity. Outside of school, I volunteer at Soin Medical Center. After graduation, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a career in dermatology. I am very excited to be a part of the Dean’s Circle this year, and I will work to the best of my ability to better assist you in your experience as a COSM student.

Kelly Muterspaw

Hi there, I am Kelly Muterspaw. I am a second year student at Wright State University pursuing an honors degree in Chemistry with a focus in pre-med. My goal upon graduation is to go to medical school to work towards a doctorate degree to become an anesthesiologist. I am a member of the Dean’s Circle and the president of Chemistry Club. I also work as a lab assistant in the Freshman Chemistry Labs, an orientation leader and as an event assistant in the Administrative Office. I greatly enjoy volunteering to promote science degrees and I cannot wait to begin representing science and mathematics majors across campus!

Kasey Rawlins

My name is Kasey Rawlins and I am a junior majoring in biology with a pre-med focus. After graduation I plan on attending medical school and becoming a physician. I currently volunteer at Kettering Medical Center and Greenwood Manor Nursing Home. I also work as a lab prep for the freshman biology labs. In the past, here at Wright State I have also worked for the Academic Success Center where I was a tutor and study for biology and chemistry. This year I will also begin my Honors research project. I love everything about Wright State and I cannot wait to represent the College of Science and Mathematics through the Dean’s Circle!

Jace Robinson

Jace.jpgHi, my name is Jace Robinson and a junior at Wright State. I am an Applied Mathematics major. I really enjoy mathematics and am excited about the various career opportunities after college. I am currently a teaching assistant on campus for multiple math courses. Being a teaching assistant has been a very satisfying and beneficial experience. When I graduate I plan to immediately enter graduate school and get my Masters degree in Mathematics. After that I plan on entering the workforce or possibly getting my Ph.D with the goal of becoming a professor. I would really enjoy working in Academia. The Dean’s Circle will be a great opportunity for me to make a difference in the College of Science and Mathematics. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a nice day!

Justin Thrush

My name is Justin Thrush, and I am a junior majoring in Biology with a pre-med focus. I am really interested in rural family medicine and hope to be able to return to my hometown to open my own practice. On campus, I work in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Tour Guide and in the summers as an Orientation Leader. I have previously worked as an undergraduate tutor, and am involved in campus organizations such as MAPS and the Pre-Med Society. My hobbies include playing sports, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Hope to see you all on campus!

Cassaundra Willer

Cassie.jpgHello all! My name is Cassie Willer and I am a junior majoring in Psychology, minoring is Sociology. I plan on obtaining a Master's degree in counseling after my undergraduate. I am a member of the College of Science and Mathematics Dean's Circle and this is my second year as a Resident Assistant in the residence halls on campus. I am excited to be a member of the Dean's Circle and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with all of you this year about COSM!

Elisabeth Wise

Betsy.jpgHello Everyone!  My name is Elisabeth Wise, and I am a junior majoring in Psychology.  In addition to serving the WSU community on the Dean’s Circle, I also work for the University Writing Center! After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I look forward to continuing my studies in Psychology in the hopes of one day becoming a clinical psychologist.  When I am not dancing on my way to class, or studying in the library, I also work as a Nursing assistant and as a peer counselor. I look forward to serving on the Dean’s Circle, and I am very excited to help with any and all questions concerning the College of Science and Math!

Carissa Wolfe

Carissa.jpgMy name is Carissa Wolfe. I am a junior, Biology major with a concentration in Applied Physiology. My goal is to become an occupational therapist and work with children who have developmental disorders. On campus I am the outreach coordinator for Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), am involved with International Friendships Incorporated, Biology club, and swim club. I am currently searching for a faculty member to do research with, specifically in the area of health and/or physiology. 

CoSM Student Orgs

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Wright State University offers an endless list of club oppotuniries thourgh the office of Student Activities. Whether you're interested in journalism, dancing, chemistry, service, ministry, music or anything else, there is likely a club waiting for you. And if there is not, form one! Whatever you choose, you'll develop long-lasting relationships with students who share your same passion and learn the importance of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Academic clubs are involved in interesting and enjoyable activities that bring students closer together and provides a good opportunity to create a support system. Serving as a student club officer looks great on a resume and on an application to graduate school. 

The College of Science and Mathematics has a number of student club organizations you can get involved in. Come join in and see what great students you'll soon become friends with. Contact the student organization President for more information. 

Biology Club: This club is open to anyone who has an interest in the biological sciences or who is pursuing it as a major or career. 

Chemistry Club: This club is open to anyone who has an interest in chemistry or is pursuing it as a major or career.

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Student Organizations: Student chapters of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE), the American Institute of Professional Geologist (AIPG), and the WSU Student Chapter of the Kitty Hawk Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students: Contact Kritika Sharma or Katelynn Alcorn

Physics Club and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society: Contact Martin Weber

Pre-Health Societies: The Pre-Health Societies are built upon connecting  pre-medical,pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary students to build networks and to attend various events related to pre-health fields. 

Psychology Club : The Psychology club is an academic organization for all Wright State University undergraduates interested in psychology. Our purpose is to supply information, opportunities and resources to our members that will enhance their academic career.

Student Senator

My name is Matt Johnson and I am a Biology Pre-Med major. johnson_matt.jpgI am currently a Resident Assistant for the residence halls on campus and a member of the Biology Club and Pre-Medical Society. For both of these organizations, I served as an officer for the 2011-2012 academic year. I have also been an active member of the College of Science and Math Dean’s Circle over the current academic year. This opportunity, along with many others, have provided me with a great chance to not only get to know the dean of my college better, but more importantly to bring the concerns and interests of the students within my college to the dean’s attention. I have a great passion for those within my college, whether it is those doing research, those wanting to become doctors, physical therapists, or whatever profession they choose, and their success matters to me. I want everyone within the College of Science and Math to not only graduate with a degree from Wright State University, but to be proud of where they came from and how they got there. By being elected Senator for the College of Science and Math for the 2013-2014 academic year, I believe I can definitely fulfill this goal.

Managing Your Time

Students enjoying pizza on WSU campus.

College life is easier and less stressful when you develop good time management habits. Efficient use of your time helps you organize your life, work smarter, and stay focused on your prioroties. These tips may help you develop good time management habits. 

  • Know what is important to achieve, your short-term and long-term goals
  • Schedule your time according to what is important and include time for assessing your plan. If you procrastinate then do your most difficult task first.
  • Know your work patterns and use the time of day when you are most productive to accomplish important tasks.
  • Use time savers like reading introductions and summaries, highlight key information, and keep your workspace organized.

 Read more on Effective Time Management at WSU