Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the program?
Those applying to the STREAMS program should be 1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents; 2) Underrepresented minority students (African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics or Pacific Islanders), students with disabilities and/or students from disadvantaged backgrounds; 3) Undergraduate or master's level students; and 4) In good academic standing.
When should I send my application?
The deadline for submitting your application is Feb. 28, 2014
How many students are accepted?
Fourteen students are accepted into the STREAMS program per summer.
If I am a disabled student, what services are available to me?
The Office of Disability Services at Wright State University offers programs to enable each student with physical and learning disabilities to realize his or her full potential. Services provided include: 1) physical support services, 2) academic support services, 3) technology center services, and 4) vocational and career support services. Details of eligibility and services provided can be found on the university web site.
If I am accepted and I plan to fly, will my travel arrangements be paid for up front or reimbursed? How will I get to Wright State from the airport?
Travel arrangements will be made for you and paid for up front. If you plan to fly, please contact the STREAMS coordinator at (937) 775-1304 immediately upon acceptance. Arrangements can be made to transport you to Wright State University from the airport.
I'd like to drive to Wright State. Will I be reimbursed for mileage, and if so, at what rate? How do I get there? Will there be parking available on campus?
If you plan to drive, mileage will be paid at the current university rate of 55.5 cents per mile. However, you will not be reimbursed more than the cost of an airline ticket if you had flown. Directions to Wright State University and campus maps are posted on the university web site. Parking permits for Lot FL (Forest Lane residential lot) will be available at no charge to participants.
What is Wright State University housing like?
Wright State University offers some of the nicest student residential facilities in the Midwest. STREAMS participants will be housed in the recently renovated Forest Lane Apartments. Most of the apartment units in Forest Lane are accessible to disabled students with roll-in showers and roll-under kitchen and bathroom countertops, and beds have multiple height adjustments to assure proper bed height. The apartments have full kitchens, living and dining rooms and bedrooms. Each unit is air-conditioned and provides local phone service with voice mail. The complex also is equipped with coin-operated laundry facilities and a community center including a multipurpose area and a large-screen television room. Also, each room is equipped with an Ethernet hookup for students to connect to Wright State University's Local Access Network from their rooms.
Am I responsible for my own meals?
Yes, every student is responsible for his or her own meals. Wright State University has dining facilities on campus, but these tend to be somewhat limited in the summer. There also are fast food and dine-in restaurants located very close to campus. In addition, your campus housing is equipped with a full kitchen.
What will I need to bring?
Phones are not provided in your apartment, so you will want to bring one. You may use the following electrical appliances in your unit: radio, TV, personal computer, blender, microwave, sewing machine, tape recorder, shaver, clock, typewriter, fan, electric blanket, heating pad, hair setter, hair dryer, popcorn popper, hot pot, and electric potpourri burner. Due to fire safety concerns, cooking with appliances other than those mentioned, particularly those with exposed heating elements like toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, personal outdoor grills, and electric frying pans, is not permitted in residence hall rooms. Additionally, you will need to provide your own cooking utensils (pots and pans, dishes, silverware, etc.), towels and sheets, a pillow and cleaning supplies.
What will my mailing address be?
Mail sent to apartment residents should be addressed as follows:
Wright State University
(Unit Number) (Building Name)
Forest Lane Apartments
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Mailboxes are located at the Forest Lane Community Center. Each apartment has its own mailbox with a combination issued to each student during check-in.
How will my family reach me in an emergency if I'm not in my apartment?
A list of emergency contacts will be provided at orientation.
Will I have access to e-mail?
Every student will have a Wright State University e-mail account and access to the computer labs on campus.
What recreational facilities are available at Wright State?
Every student will have access to the university's Student Union Fitness Center (at no charge) and to the gym, weight room and indoor track at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. The campus also features a 200-acre biological preserve with hiking trails, as well as tennis and basketball courts, playing fields and other outdoor recreational areas. The Greater Dayton area offers more than 35,000 acres of parks and nature preserves, and a popular river corridor along the Great Miami River offers outstanding outdoor activities. Greater Dayton has more green space than any other metropolitan area its size.
How often will I receive a stipend payment?
Students will receive a stipend payment every three weeks.
Will I need identification to sign up to receive stipend payments?
Yes, identification is needed to sign up. Please bring a driver's license (or other state-issued identification card) and your social security card or a U.S. passport. In addition, a non-citizen permanent resident will need to bring a notarized copy of his or her green card.
What will be my time commitment?
The program schedule will include full days Monday through Friday. Your exact schedule will be established with your mentor.