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

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 Profile

Breathtaking

Wright State graduate student Ryan Rakoczy’s neuroscience research takes on new meaning after premature birth of his son
Physiology and neuroscience graduate student Ryan Rakoczy hopes to develop better treatments for prematurely born infants and others with breathing ailments.

Wright State’s Caroline Cao awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholar fellowship to work in Vietnam

Wright State medical researcher Caroline Cao will spend the spring semester at the International University of Vietnam National Universities as a Fulbright Scholar fellow.

Feathery touch

Wright State animal behavior students study bird migration, predator evasion during research trip to Poland
The students on the trip made observations about various animal behavior experiments and produced research papers.

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

Wright State presidential candidate Deborah Ford drawn by university’s mission, student diversity

Deborah Ford, one of three finalists for the Wright State president’s job, met with students, faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders at the Dayton and Lake campuses Feb 5-7.

Missouri Science and Technology chancellor to visit Wright State Feb. 7-9 for president’s job

Cheryl Schrader, the third finalist for Wright State University’s presidential position, will visit campus Tuesday, Feb. 7, to Thursday, Feb. 9.

Wisconsin-Parkside chancellor to visit Wright State Feb. 5-7 for president’s job

Deborah Ford, the second of three finalists for Wright State University's presidential position, will visit campus Sunday, Feb. 5, to Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Graduate School and Research