Ohio STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA)

Please visit the OSAA website for complete information on this program.

What Can Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance Do for You?

Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance has a number of resources available to assist you in achieving your academic and career goals within Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math fields. Included here are the primary ways in which we can help and the processes for taking advantage of our services.

These meetings are designed provide assistance in creating a successful plan for approaching academic work, getting involved at Wright State University, and developing the experiences necessary to put you above the rest of the field when pursuing graduate schooling or employment after obtaining your degree. OSAA Scholars should ideally meet with their Ability Advisor, Jason Gepperth, at least once per month throughout the academic school year. An appointment can be set up by emailing with a list of times when available to meet.

Scholars Meetings

These meetings occur monthly between the times of 5:30-7:30pm and involve short seminars, activities, and guest presentations designed to assist you with areas including academic success, getting involved, resume-building, internships, job opportunities, networking, scholarship information, and applying for grad school programs. Dinner and snacks are typically served.This is a great way to meet other OSAA members as well.

Peer Mentoring

Freshmen have the opportunity to receive advice and direction from upper class OSAA Peer Mentors to assist them towards a successful transition to Wright State University. Interested upper class OSAA students can receive professional development via this position as well as knowledge and activities covered in a related Leadership via Peer Mentoring course. This is a great way to give back, boost your resume, and hone "soft skills." If interested, contact your Ability Advisor.

Tutoring Sponsor Tickets

OSAA is able to sponsor students desiring tutoring from Tutoring Services so that they may get the assistance they need to succeed in class for free.  Tutoring Sponsor Tickets are available in the Ability Advisor’s office (180 University Hall) and are available at any point throughout the semester.

Internship and Research Experiences

Obtaining meaningful fieldwork experience is one of the best ways, along with academic success, to distinguish yourself when preparing to obtain an advanced degree or full-time employment. Opportunities will be presented throughout the year via email, on OSAA’s Facebook page (www.facebook/OSAAWSU) and Twitter feed (OSAAWSU), and at monthly Scholars Meetings.

OSAA Scholars Dollars

All OSAA members are eligible for Scholars Dollars, which are awards that can be used to pay for professional and career development opportunities including annual fees for organizations, STEM conference registration and transportation costs, STEM research project needs, GRE/GMAT/MCAT testing study materials, and assistive technology.  Application forms can be obtained from your Ability Advisor. Regular attendance at Scholars Meetings and Ability Advisor Meetings is required for eligibility.

OSAA Choose Ohio First Scholarship

OSAA members from Ohio who are in an approved STEM major and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to compete for these awards. Deadlines for applying will be regularly communicated throughout the academic year.  Application forms can be obtained from your Ability Advisor. Regular attendance at Scholars Meeting and Ability Advisor Meetings is required for eligibility and to maintain scholarship funding.





Jennifer Barga Disability & STEM Support Specialist (Ability Advisor)
John Gallagher Principal Investigator
Jason Gepperth Disability & STEM Support Specialist (Ability Advisor)
Katherine Myers Educational Assistive Technology Coordinator
Clark Shingledecker Director Dayton QUAD

Further information on the OSAA program may be obtained by writing to:

OSAA Dayton
Wright State University
180 University Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH  45435


Phone: (937) 775-5680
FAX: (937) 775-5699

OSAA Scholarships

Students who are interested in being considered for the COF/OSAA Scholarship at Wright State University (WSU) must be one of the following

  • A current  WSU undergraduate OR
  • An admitted high school student entering WSU as undergraduate OR
  • An admitted transfer student entering WSU OR
  • Seeking a graduate degree at WSU

Applicants also must meet ALL these requirements:

  • Be a legal Ohio resident
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA in science and mathematics courses
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA (current college or cumulative high school GPA)
  • Be enrolled at WSU in a STEM program of study (see list of eligible majors)
  • Be an active participant in the Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance programming
  • Have a certification of a disability and be registered with the WSU Office of Disability Services