Wright State University is a 50-year old public university located in Dayton, Ohio with a current student enrollment near 18,000. WSU’s student population, predominately undergraduates, contains many unique population segments often under-represented among STEM majors including students with disabilities, veterans, and first generation college students. It was named to honor aviation pioneers Orvi...lle and Wilbur Wright, who invented the world's first successful airplane in their Dayton bicycle shop. In fact, the Wright brothers conducted most of their early test flights at Huffman Prairie, just a short drive from the campus. WSU’s drive to transform the lives of its students is inspired by the Wright brothers’ spirit of innovation. WSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). The university’s proximity to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and regional medical complexes make it a critical component for training STEM students in response to local workforce needs.
The College of Science and Mathematics is home to eight departments (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience-Cell Biology-Physiology, Physics, and Psychology), 14 undergraduate degree programs, and 18 graduate degree programs. (Though psychology majors are not eligible for S-STEM scholarships, psychology faculty will participate as mentors in the program.) Two new undergraduate degree programs, one in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and another in Neuroscience, will become active in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Pre-Health programming and advising for the entire university is housed in CoSM.
The College of Science and Mathematics has a demonstrated commitment to innovative education in order to advance student success. It has worked to increase retention through the use of developmental scientific literacy courses, first-year seminars, and learning communities. It is the only college within the university to have an organized and funded undergraduate research program. For the last several years, CoSM has been transforming its gateway courses to use active learning techniques. Several of these courses (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental Science) are taught in SCALE-UP classroom environments built for this purpose. CoSM is unique compared to most institutions in its commitment to discipline-based STEM education research. Several departments (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics) have at least one if not more tenured or tenure track faculty whose research focuses on the development and assessment of STEM education.
The Physics Department at Wright State University is a medium sized department with around 50+ majors, 25+ master’s students, 14 teaching faculty and 5 research faculty.
Among our faculty there is an American Geophysical Union fellow, two American Physical Society fellows, and and IEEE fellow.
The major research areas of the faculty include:
Materials and Solid State Physics
Optics and Spectroscopy