We’re proud of our faculty at Wright State, who were recently
recognized as the fourth most productive in terms of research and
professional activity, among “small research universities (less
than 15 Ph.D programs)” nationally. Our Program faculty are
truly experts in their fields, being editors, and reviewers for numerous
journals and granting organizations. We’re also proud to say
that these researchers are developing the latest cutting-edge methodologies
This fact isn’t just good for them, it’s also good for
you! That’s because our program is structured for the purpose
of giving you one on one interaction with these experts. You will
be trained to master sophisticated equipment, experimental methods
and current theory. You will personally contribute to grant proposals
and author your own papers; you're not just a name at the bottom of
You will work directly with the primary investigator, your mentor.
You’ll be glad to know that this mentor is chosen, not by a
panel or an advisor, but by you! If you already have a clear vision
for your area of study when you enter the program, you are free to
declare it from the beginning and choose your mentor immediately.
But if you haven’t entirely settled on your area of focus, you
can take up to a year to explore your interests before choosing your
mentor. It’s up to you!
Another benefit to our program is that it is an integral part of our
culture that faculty, staff, and other students maintain an “open
door policy”. This means that you have ready access to expertise,
equipment, or advice, whether it’s inside or outside of your
area of focus.