S.M.A.R.T., Student Mentoring and Retention Team


College of Nursing and Health
Coordinator: Jane Doorley, RN, MS, APRN / CNS
(937) 775-4537

The S.M.A.R.T. program was started in May 1993 with a small grant funded through the WSU Alumni Foundation.

The program is a peer-mentoring model coordinated by the nursing students. The student coordinators hold office hours for "drop-in” mentoring.

Some of the S.M.A.R.T. services include: tutoring, support groups, assistance with class scheduling, book loans, and information about other Wright State University student services.

STREAMS, Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research


Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Co-Director: Mariana Morris, Ph.D.
(937) 775-2395 or STREAMS website

Department of Community Health
Co-Director: Cameron Chumlea Ph.D.

Wright State University School of Medicine accepts 12 outstanding minority college students each year to participate in summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences. S.T.R.E.A.M.S will select twelve college students from throughout the nation for this 10-12 week summer program, which gives the students the opportunity to conduct laboratory research under the guidance of medical school faculty mentors. The program is designed to encourage members of underrepresented groups to pursue careers in biomedical research.

The S.T.R.E.A.M.S program is funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program offers free campus housing and a monthly stipend of $1,224/month.

S.T.R.E.A.M.S participants will be organized into three general interdisciplinary areas: cellular mechanisms, endocrinology/hypertension and cardiovascular epidemiology. The students will spend about 80 percent of their time conducting biomedical research in Wright State laboratories and working closely with medical school faculty. In addition, they will read papers from biomedical literature, make scientific presentations, and explore the social and ethical implications of scientific research.

College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Peer Mentoring Program

Coordinator:  Cindy Oakley, CECS Academic Affairs Coordinator
CECS Student Success Center – 280 Joshi Research Center
(937) 775-5272

A Peer Mentoring Program (PMP)  for CECS freshmen entering the college directly from high school is offered through the CECS  Student Success Center and is headquartered in 280 Joshi Research Center.  

Started in 2012, the program is open to every new CECS freshmen beginning day one of New Student Summer Orientation.  The program draws upon approximately 40 upperclassmen who volunteer to serve as mentors.   CECS Peer Mentors understand that their service to the incoming students is invaluable and gain leadership skills by participating. 

The CECS Peer Mentors promote utilization of college’s success initiatives and guide freshmen students to seek out these resources early on and often.  Mentors provide friendship as well as informal social networks that strengthen bonds and community spirit among engineering and computer science students.   Mentors and their mentees attend informal pizza luncheons, meet and greet events, and PMP Fun Night activities which promote a relaxed social atmosphere and opportunity for informative exchange. 

Ujima Mentoring community

For more information contact the Center at (937) 775-5645 or bolinga-center@wright.edu.

The Ujima Mentoring community is a program offered by The Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center targeted to first-year African American students who would like to improve their chances of academic success by attaining an on campus job and having their supervisor serve as their mentor. This program kicks off with an early arrival session that takes place before official move-in day on campus. At the start of the school year, students  are matched with their mentors. During the academic year, the Ujima students  will meet twice a month in order to cultivate leadership, build a community, and have fun through social and academic programs put on by Ujima staff.

Symbolized by conjoined shovels, Ujima, is one of the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba that emphasizes collective work and responsibility. This is a unique work mentoring concept that includes meaningful labor, sustainable mentoring relationships and ongoing intellectual and cultural development. This innovative employer mentoring program supports first year students who are direct from high school and are qualified for and accept their federal work-study allotment at WSU. The goals of this program are twofold.

First, we want to empower potential mentors across campus to share in the university’s goal to actively support the success and graduation of every student. Next, we want to increase the likelihood of success for enrolled students by helping them to acquire a campus job complete with a supervisor who will serve a mentor.

It is one of the first programs that utilizes the idea of “collective work and responsibility” in the planning, delivery and evaluation of a “work mentoring” program for higher education. Mentors are diverse, work makes sense, and students feel connected to a community that values their success as much as they do.