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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)

Research Profiles

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.
Student Profile

Smart action plan

Scholarship gives electrical engineering Ph.D. student Thomas Beard research position at AFRL
Thanks to the Department of Defense SMART Scholarship-for-Service, Thomas Beard is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and working at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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 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 joins semiconductor and microelectronic network for enabling cutting-edge research and technology development

Wright State is prepared to address the research and educational needs of the semiconductor and microelectronic industries and help students prepare for new career opportunities with those industries.

Wright State renal physiologist Clintoria Williams receives prestigious kidney research grant

Clintoria R. Williams, assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, received the 2022 Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant through KidneyCure.

Wright State microbiologist Oleg Paliy wins Fulbright Scholarship

Oleg Paliy, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will research the gut microbiota of Egyptian teenagers as part of his Fulbright Fellowship.

Graduate School and Research