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

Molecular movement

Wright State student researcher Christina Davis will participate in an exchange program in Singapore
Christina Davis, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, works as a research assistant at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Student Profile

Straight talk

Research by Wright State Ph.D. student Ashutosh Shivakumar on artificial intelligence getting attention
Ashutosh Shivakumar, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering at Wright State, researches how to make computers more human-like in initiating conversations.

Wright State medical student leads research benefiting breast cancer survivors

Research by Dhishant Asarpota, a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, sought to shed light on improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Patent performance

Wright State grad Carl Pickl awarded a patent for an Air Force wind tunnel device
Carl Pickl, who graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, received a patent for a device he designed while working at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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

Solar activity

Wright State researchers Jeffrey Travers and Yanfang Chen win $1.7 million NIH grant to study effects of sunlight
A super sunscreen for people hypersensitive to the searing rays of the sun could be the end result of research in the Wright State Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Wright State biologists Shulin Ju, Quan Zhong win $450,000 federal research grant to study neurological disease

The research by Ju and Zhong is aimed at understanding mechanisms of the cellular toxicity of the protein-coding gene FUS, mutations in which cause ALS.

Enhancing minority student representation in undergraduate research was topic of College of Science and Mathematics workshop

The workshop examined how the ASK Program could enhance the recruitment and support of underrepresented minority students.

Graduate School and Research