Dean's Circle

Wright State University, College of Science and Math Dean's Cirlce

The Dean's Circle consists of undergraduate students who represent the college’s eight comprehensive departments. The Dean’s Circle will meet twice a month during fall and spring semesters to discuss college-related issues that are high on the minds of students in the College of Science and Mathematics. In addition to their major, the members of the Dean’s Circle are selected based on their interests, academic achievement, and leadership skills.


The College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Circle seeks applications from enthusiastic students who share the Dean’s commitment to growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), enhancing student success, advancing undergraduate experiential learning, and sharing our many successes with the Wright State communities. Appointed students will serve a two-year term beginning the Fall Semester of 2020.

Students appointed to the Dean's Circle will:

  • Serve as liaisons between their classmates and the Dean's Office by bringing matters of importance before the group;
  • Promote awareness of CoSM programs and opportunities to both current and prospective students;
  • Represent CoSM at events such as Raider Open House, The STEM Experience, and other recruitment events; 
  • Interact with CoSM faculty, staff, and administrators to help identify and address any challenges that may arise throughout the year; and 
  • Serve a two-year term (seniors appointed will serve only one year). 

Interested students should submit a completed CoSM Dean's Circle application online (Qualtrics survey) by February 28, 2020, to be considered for the 2020-2021 term.


CoSM Mentor Circles

Why CoSM Mentor Circles

College is a big step for many young adults. Studies show that students who have a positive first-year college experience are more prepared academically and socially for challenges they may face.  Also, developing a sense of connection with their college increases their likelihood of degree completion.

Quality mentorship programs, such as CoSM Mentor Circles, bring first-year students together with faculty, staff, and experienced students making valuable connections.  As a supplement to academic advising, mentors help guide students through their first-year by cultivating a smooth transition socially and academically. 

How to sign-up

Each first-year student in the College of Science and Mathematics will be assigned a mentor and will meet with your mentoring group every couple of weeks for support and an improved understanding of college life and academics.

If you are CoSM faculty, staff, or a student who has completed your freshman year and would like to coach in-coming students through their college journey, then please complete the "Mentor" survey.

Visit the College of Science & Mathematics Mentor Circles page for more information. 


To learn more about the concerns of undergraduate students in the college, in 2008, Dean Wheatly established a new student advisory board called 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.

2020-21 Members

Meghan Armocida

Meghan Armocida is a junior honors student majoring in Psychology with a clinical concentration. After completing her degree at Wright State, she aspires to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Connect with Meghan on Instagram @meghanarm or Twitter @meghanarmo

Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter is a senior honors student studying psychology with a concentration in cognition and perception. After graduation, his plans are to complete a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences or Educational Psychology. He is interested in how people learn in both formal and informal contexts, including but not limited to the influence that social and environmental factors have on learning. His ultimate goal is to become a professor where he is able to conduct research and teach. Connect with Zack on Instagram: @zackcarpenter2

Ryan Elam

Biochemistry & Neuroscience

Ryan Elam is a Junior double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience and minor in Statistics. After graduation,  he plans to attend medical school to receive an MD/Ph.D. to become a fetal surgeon. 

Nailah Ghouse

Nailah Ghouse is a Junior honors student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology while on the pre-med track. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school to pursue a career as a physician. Connect with her on Instagram @nailah.g101

Nabaa Hmood

Nabaa Hmood is a 3rd-year student majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on a pre-med track. She looks forward to serving CoSM as a member of the Dean's Circle! Connect with her on Instagram @Nabaa_00

Al Awal Mohammed Jimah

Al Awal Mohammed Jimah is a Senior Pre-med student majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Leaman and Dr. Ola, and also, a Teaching Assistant and Learning Assistant for STT 2640 and BMB 4210 respectively. Instagram: @awaljimah Facebook: Awal Mohammed Jimah

Nate Mack, Co-chair

Biological Sciences
Nate Mack is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences. He also works as a residential assistant on campus. He plans on pursuing a career in medicine as an Emergency Medicine Physician.  Additionally, he participates in undergraduate research. Connect with him on Twitter @greatnate2

Deanna McPeek

Psychology & Neuroscience
Deanna McPeek is a Senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with concentrations in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. After graduation, she aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a career in doctoral Psychology. Connect with her on Instagram or Twitter @DMcPeek17 .

Alana Mullins

Biological Sciences
Alana Mullins is a junior Biology major with a minor in Mathematics. She conducts research neuroscience in Dr. Elbasuony's lab. She aspires to attend medical school upon graduation. Catch her tutoring math in the Student Success Center in between classes!  Connect with her on Instagram @alana_brookeee or Twitter @brookemullins_

Jeremiah Penick

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry
Jeremiah Penick is a dual major in biochemistry & molecular biology and chemistry. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the President for Residential Community Association, a small group leader for Chi Alpha and a part-time firefighter/EMT Socials: @jdpenick12 (Instagram)

Rebecca Reese

Medical Lab Sciences
 Rebecca Reese is a Senior, majoring in Medical Laboratory Science with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Currently, she is working on her Honors Thesis which is focusing on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Lipin1 in Dr. Hongmei Ren's lab. She is also involved in a variety of activities on campus, including Alpha Xi Delta, C-SEMP Mentoring, Student Honors Association, and has worked as a Supplemental Instructor for BIO 1120. Connect with her on Instagram @rebecca_rayee

Alexandria Robertson

Biological Sciences

Alexandria Robertson is a Senior majoring in Biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician. Connect with her on Instagram @alyxx23

Jeemi Shah, Co-chair

Biological Sciences
Jeemi Shah is a second-year Dean’s Circle member. She is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Deaf Studies. She hopes to pursue medical school after graduation. Currently, she conducts research on respiratory physiology in insects. She also works as a physics tutor at Tutoring Services. Connect with her on Twitter: @jeemi_shah

Chynna Spitler


Chynna Spitler is a Junior majoring in Physics.  Additionally, she is a learning assistant, ambassador, and an undergraduate researcher within the physics department.

Paige Wilms

Earth Science
Paige Wilms is a junior studying Earth Science and Business Management. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master's degree in vertebrate paleontology. She is involved in undergraduate research and is a TA for introductory Earth Science courses. She is also the Chief Operations Officer for the ReyRey Cafe. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter @paigewilms

Sydney Woods

Sydney Woods is a third-year studying to earn a degree in the field of Mathematics. Sydney also holds the honor of being a Considine Scholar. She is currently looking into a career in cryptography or mathematics research after graduation. Connect with her on Twitter @SydneyWoods15