Research


A Carnegie-classified research university, Wright State offers countless opportunities for research at all levels, from undergraduate through post-doctoral.

The wide spectrum of research activity at Wright State ranges from fundamental investigations to applied research and development, benefiting the Dayton region and the world.

Funding dollars for cutting-edge research flow into Wright State. Sources include:

  • The National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Showing the university's dedication to research, one of the premier annual campus events is the Celebration of Research, where more than 150 students present their work on topics from a biomedical engineering student's Volumetric MR Analysis of Pediatric Patients with Hydrocephalus to a history major's Espionage in America.

Research Profiles

Student Profile

New kid on the block

Wright State computer science grad student Aman Ali Pogaku was a featured speaker at national blockchain conference
Aman Ali Pogaku, a computer science graduate student at Wright State, is working on using blockchain to develop artificial intelligence and virtual reality assets management solutions.

Paralysis analysis

Wright State researchers Mark Rich and Andrew Voss awarded $2.7 million in federal grant money to study muscle disease
Mark Rich and Andrew Voss have received a five-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases with additional funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Medical school researcher earns more than $3 million in grant funding to study vascular diseases

Ji Chen Bihl, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is working to unlock better treatments for ischemic stroke and reveal the intricacies of microvesicles and exosomes.

Top detective

Wright State doctoral student Soon Jye Kho named top performer in FDA challenge to detect medical mislabeling
Soon Jye Kho, a computer science Ph.D. student in Wright State's Kno.e.sis Center, was recognized at the precisionFDA Mislabeling Correction Subchallenge.

Student Research

What are your interests? Did you know that students at Wright State have the ability to conduct unique research projects—regardless of major or year in school.

From undergraduates to graduates, and from literature to biochemistry, there are amazing faculty and mentors who can help show you the way to a successful research project. Work on a team or independently, one term or multiple years, hands-on or theoretical; you have it within you to make your mark on the world.

Graduate students

Similar to undergraduate students, graduate students can work with faculty experts, fellow graduate students, and possibly undergraduate students on the faculty member's research. You can also discuss your ideas for independent research.

Graduate students may apply for Graduate Research Assistantship positions that may be eligible for tuition remission and annual stipends.

Lab student observing bottle contents

Research News

Wright State graduate researcher investigates durability of cardiac devices; reporting to FDA

Wright State biomedical engineering grad student briefed U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the progress of his research on the durability of pacemakers and other cardiac devices.

Company founded by Wright State’s Caroline Cao awarded $150,000 Ohio Third Frontier grant

A startup founded by professor Caroline Cao hopes to commercialize a radiation-free alternative to X-ray imaging during minimally invasive surgery.

Extreme behavior

Wright State researchers Terry Oroszi and David Ellis offer identifying characteristics of American terrorists in their new book
New book seeks to halt the recruitment of American citizens by terror organizations as well as to identify the common traits of terrorists.

Graduate School and Research