Applying Scientific Knowledge (ASK) Program

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How the ASK Program is Different from Other Experiential Learning on Campus

  • Get started early!
    Unlike many other undergraduate research opportunities on campus, students may start the ASK program as soon as they are accepted into their COSM major. 
  • Exposure to multiple faculty members
    Students will be team-taught during their first term in the program, allowing them to have direct contact with a variety of faculty from multiple departments of the College of Science and Mathematics.  Once they start their research projects, they may be mentored by a team of COSM faculty members rather than a single faculty as well.
  • Earn credits toward your degree
    Students will earn a minimum of 9 credit hours of course credit through the ASK program which may count toward their degree program.
  • Fellowship opportunities
    Summer fellowship opportunities are available to ASK Program students to continue their research over the summer term, providing support for the student as well as additional research supplies.
  • Launching pad into other experiential learning opportunities
    The ASK Program will provide vital experience in undergraduate research, opening doors into other opportunities both on and off-campus.
  • Scholarships! 
    ASK Program participants are eligible to apply for scholarships that would award the recipient up to $5000 each year for 3 years.


    Applications are still being accepted for the 2020-2021 cycle of the ASK Program!

    Students entering the ASK Program must be in the process of completing a College of Science and Mathematics major. The ASK Program is open to all students within the College of Science and Mathematics. Students must either be accepted or qualify to be accepted into their major within COSM by the beginning of the fall term when they start the program. 

    How to Apply

    Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the ASK Selection Committee and applicants will be notified of the decision via email.

    Applications are reviewed in late January, with notifications of acceptance usually sent in the middle of the spring term.  Scholarship applications are sent out concurrently with acceptance notices, and recipients are notified at the end of the spring term.


    *This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1742339.    

    How it Works

    The ASK Program provides a unique experience to students in that it allows students to have direct contact with research faculty within the College of Science and Mathematics early in their academic career that is otherwise impossible during their regular coursework. 

    This program provides students to gain not just basic content knowledge of a topic, but in-depth, cutting-edge knowledge and experience on a specific topic of interest to them through significant interaction with research faculty within the College of Science and Mathematics.

    At the conclusion of their ASK Program experience, students will be guided into other research opportunities both on and off-campus. This may include independent research opportunities within departments of the College of Science and Mathematics, departmental honors programs, or internship opportunities off-campus with local businesses or the Air Force Research Laboratories.

    GTA: Graduate teaching assistant   GRA: Graduate Research Assistant
    ASK Program Progression
    Course Description Term
    SM2100: Interdisciplinary Scientific Inquiry Learn to execute, analyze and communicate science in an active learning course Fall 
    Team Research Course Semester 1 Course-based team research experience led by Wright State science and math faculty Spring
    Optional Summer Research Optional summer research experience with volunteer and fellowship options Summer
    Team Research Course Semester 2 Continuation of spring course-based research experience Fall

    Meet the Director

    Name: Meredith Rodgers Email:

    Meredith is a Wright State University,  College of Science and Mathematics alumni with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology. 'I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research on campus during the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. My experience in undergraduate research was the turning point in focusing my career goals. Undergraduate research provides students with invaluable insight into science and scientific fields, something that cannot be experienced in the classroom setting.' Contact Meredith today to discuss your participation in the ASK Program! Meredith