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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

A passion for research

Shashaanka Ashili ’02 helps international graduate students in electrical engineering pursue their research dreams
During Wright Day to Give, alumnus Shashaanka Ashili will offer a matching gift challenge for donation to the Shashaanka Ashili International Grad Student Research Fund.

Fighting words

"Firepower" by Wright State historian Paul Lockhart to be focus of campus event
C-SPAN's "Book TV" will tape a book talk on “Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare,” by Paul Lockhart, professor of history at Wright State, on Nov. 5.

Wright State biomedical engineering student spent summer interning at Mayo Clinic

Ibrahim Abdulhalim, a student in the combined B.S./M.S. Biomedical Engineering Program, worked in the Mayo Clinic's radiology department during a summer research internship.

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Wright State anthropology students dig for evidence of an historic Shawnee fort
Undergraduate anthropology students receive hands-on training at excavating during Wright State's Field School in Archaeology.

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

Paul Lockhart, Peggy Kelly named Faculty Fellows at the Center for Faculty Excellence

Peggy Kelly was named the Faculty Fellow for Pedagogy and Paul Lockhart is the Faculty Fellow for Scholarship.

Madhavi Kadakia appointed vice provost for research and innovation at Wright State

Madhavi Kadakia has also served as chair of biochemistry and molecular biology and associate dean of research affairs of the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Top research stories of 2021

From developing a super sunscreen to monitoring brain injuries to tracking COVID-19 misinformation, Wright State faculty and students pursued important research endeavors in 2021.

Graduate School and Research