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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

Building new wings

Wright State mechanical engineering students created a system to automate a transonic dual-plane wing, a design that could enable aircraft to fly higher and faster.

Wright State graduate psychology students conduct research on racial trauma training

School of Professional Psychology students found that graduate psychology students need more resources and training on racial trauma.
Student Profile

Prediction puzzle

Wright State business student Christopher Broach receives a scholarship to help pursue an organ transplant project
Management information systems Christopher Broach is investigating cancer in organ transplant patients.

Education and collaboration spark innovation

Wright State continues to provide and expand its resources and opportunities for students to create and innovate
Exploring areas growing and flourishing with new concepts and applications at Wright State University.

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

Startup internship leads to metaverse career for Wright State graduate

Computer science graduate Showri Chitti secured a full-time job after interning with Veera Engineering.

Wright State Nursing Chair Ann Stalter selected to advance environmental health nursing, research and education

Ann Stalter is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Environmental Health Research Institute for Nurse and Clinician Scientists.

State grant to provide Wright State engineering and computer science students with equipment to train in advanced manufacturing, data science

Students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and at Lake Campus will be able to use the equipment to hone new skills needed in Industry 4.0 jobs.

Graduate School and Research