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

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.

Future physician-scientist fascinated by the brain and neurosurgery

Phil Walker, a first-year medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, is pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree.

Wright State professor works to improve health education and drug abuse prevention in Ohio’s schools

Kevin Lorson, director of the Physical Education Licensure Program, is working on health education standards and drug and opioid abuse prevention education in Ohio public schools.
Faculty Profile

Pack mentality

New book by Wright State’s Edward Fitzgerald shows importance of courts in saving the wolf
Political science professor Edward Fitzgerald says that over the years the courts have been instrumental in protecting the environment.

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 Research Institute chosen to lead $3.4 million project for AFRL

Wright State Research Institute will lead a public-private collaborative effort to develop a next-generation live, virtual and constructive training system.

Parents, pediatricians differ on key concepts of partnership

Researchers in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boonshoft School of Medicine reported their findings in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Boonshoft School of Medicine approved for an award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Researchers led by the Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine will run a project focused on better understanding the health perspectives of Ohio’s refugee populations.

Graduate School and Research