I am thrilled to welcome you to the College of Science and Mathematics (CoSM) at Wright State University. Although I have been dean for only a short time, I am extremely excited about the opportunities available to our students. The people of this college—the faculty, staff and students—are doing great things and represent the embodiment of a vision I have for us as a college. Here are a few examples of what I mean.
We are DIVERSE. CoSM houses eight departments offering degrees across the spectrum of life sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and psychology. In all, the college offers over 30 undergraduate degrees, certificates and minors with the opportunity to combine the work conducted in our college with resources and disciplines in other colleges. We offer 12 MS and four PhD programs, many of which are trans-disciplinary. But we are also diverse in makeup—our students, faculty and staff represent all genders, ages and races. We have focused broadly on fostering the success of women and underrepresented minorities in science, math and related fields. Our student population is an exciting mix of direct-from-high school students, commuting students, non-traditional students, first generation students, etc. This diversity provides fertile ground for sharing of alternate viewpoints and identifying new solutions to common problems.
We are EXPERIENTIAL. We believe that the science we teach must reflect the science we do. CoSM has long been dedicated to the goal of ensuring experiential opportunities for students. Going forward, we plan to do an even better job of fostering an environment that provides all students with desired hands-on opportunities to conduct meaningful work in their chosen field. This includes identifying undergraduate research, internship, externship, co-op or shadowing opportunities, depending on each student’s specific career objectives. It is my goal to identify even more ways to provide financial and administrative support to allow these experiences to happen, as well as assuring appropriate credit for the work performed. This will be an important area of growth in the coming years as CoSM works even harder to prepare our students for STEMM workforces in the region and across the globe.
We are INNOVATIVE. The basic and applied research being conducted at Wright State opens the doors to new areas of discovery in many scientific disciplines. Our faculty researchers have international reputations and are funded by numerous federal, state and private agencies. Graduate students come to CoSM from around the world to conduct research in each of our departments, and then go on to successful careers in a wide array of fields and disciplines. Our teachers are innovative in the classroom, with many course now taught using advanced pedagogical strategies, such as active learning approaches that are aimed at enhancing student success. Let us show you how these can make a difference in helping you reach your chosen field.
We are ENTREPRENEURIAL. The research conducted at Wright State can, and frequently does contribute to technological advances being used in governmental or private sector products. However, the entrepreneurial spirit to which I am referring encompasses much more than simply taking a new product or idea public. We are eager to instill within students an adventuresome spirit that encourage new ways of thinking in order to identify solutions to long-standing problems.
We are SCHOLARS. Our undergraduate and graduate students are the life blood of the college and the reason for our existence. We strive to create a learning environment that provides them with the opportunities and skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. But learning does not stop at graduation, and in the broadest sense of the word, we are all students—students of science, students of math, students of psychology—as we expand our understanding of the natural world on a daily basis.
We are CoSM. Come visit us to see how we can help you identify and achieve your career goals.
Douglas W. Leaman, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
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