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

Suicide watch

Wright State psychology professor Cheryl Meyer co-authors book exploring motivation for suicide and those who leave notes
New book co-authored by Wright State psychology professor Cheryl Meyer provides suggestions on how to prevent suicide by building resiliency among potential victims.

Medical student researches asthma through dual-degree program

Boonshoft School of Medicine student Stephanie Welsh earned a Master of Public Health through the Physician Leadership Development Program and will continue through her final two years of medical school.

Workplace violations

Wright State psychology professor Nathan Bowling releases book on workplace aggression
“Research and Theory on Workplace Aggression,” co-edited by Nathan Bowling, examines research on aggression in the workplace.
Alumni Profile

Polar passage

Arctic expedition with Wright State’s Alison Agather and Katlin Bowman yields research, children’s book
Wright State graduate environmental sciences student Alison Agather and oceanographer and Wright State alumna Katlin Bowman sailed the Arctic Ocean to measure levels of toxic mercury.

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.

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Research News

Statistical standout

Google selects research proposal from Wright State computer science student Matt Piekenbrock
A research project by Matt Piekenbrock, a graduate computer science at Wright State, was selected by the Google Summer of Code 2017 competition.

Scholarships help medical student pursue dream of research

Sabrina Metzger, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, is searching for targeted treatments for myotonia congenita.

Wright State and AFRL partner on DARPA project to accelerate learning

The Wright State Research Institute has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to assess improvement in intelligence analyst skill acquisition and performance.

Graduate School and Research