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The ASK Program is a College of Science and Mathematics initiative to help immerse undergraduates into scientific research early in their degree programs, allowing them to start applying their coursework in a practical setting and getting them excited about the fields of science they are studying in their classes.
Students will earn course credit toward their degrees, and be able to contribute to the larger projects within the research laboratories on campus within the College of Science and Mathematics.
By removing perceived barriers and helping promote undergraduate research early in their degree program, the ASK Program’s goal is to both help retain students within science majors, garner enthusiasm for science and their majors, and help transition them into additional undergraduate research experiences once they complete the program.
The program will help students gain vital critical thinking skills and perseverance, learn more about the general topics they have been taught in class, as well as have the opportunity to delve into a specific field of interest to them.
This program will also help them to build their CV or applications to professional programs, helping them get to the next step toward accomplishing their career goals.
- Get funding! ASK Program NSF SSTEM student scholarships will provide up to $250 per term (spring and fall) in funding toward an ASK student project. Scholarship recipients may apply for competitive summer fellowship opportunities, providing stipend support for the student as well as additional funding toward the project supply needs.
- Student projects can feed into larger, ongoing research projects within the laboratory, and student-generated data can contribute toward grant applications and publications.
- Faculty will have access to highly-motivated students who may wish to continue with research once they conclude with the ASK Program.
- ASK Program faculty help our CoSM students to be excited about science, transitioning them from students into scientists.
- Faculty will be provided with mentoring training, broken into several small sessions during late fall and spring term at the beginning of each program cycle.
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 design allows 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, and increased contact with COSM faculty members outside of the classroom setting.
Students are recruited during their first year of courses, and begin the ASK Program when they enter their COSM major, generally during their second fall term.
Term 1 (Fall): SM2100, team-taught, research-focused course to prepare for your research experience (all faculty are welcome to be involved with this course to have early contact with ASK Program students)
Term 2 (Spring): research project in small teams guided by COSM research faculty (students expected to spend approximately 10 hr/week on their project), faculty may request up to $250/term in funding toward their ASK Program project (View examples of ASK Program projects.)
Summer term: optional for ASK Program students, may take the time to seek other opportunities on and off campus, may apply for ASK Program NSF-SSTEM Summer Fellowship opportunities which provide stipend support for the student over summer term as well additional funding toward their research project, may also continue their research projects by signing up for course credit over summer term
Term 3 (Fall): finish research project with your team (students expected to spend approximately 10 hr/week on their project) and explore further research opportunities on or off campus, including departmental research, departmental honors programs, or internships.
This experience allows CoSM faculty to build relationships with CoSM students, build enthusiasm within them for science, help to ultimately retain them long term within their CoSM major, and aid them succeeding in their education and career goals.
|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|
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. This experience allows CoSM faculty to build relationships with our students, build enthusiasm within them for science, help to ultimately retain them long term within their COSM major, and aid them succeeding in their education and career goals.
You may submit more than one project proposal if you wish. *Faculty may submit projects headed by a single faculty member, or by teams of faculty from single or multiple CoSM departments. The ASK program then matches students to projects based on both faculty and student preferences. Faculty mentors will meet with their matched students during fall term before beginning their research project in spring.