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

In a good light

Wright State’s Elliott Brown and Weidong Zhang help develop promising new semiconductor for LED lighting
Research by Wright State physicists led to a scientific breakthrough that promises to make the LED lighting more efficient and affordable.

Wright State computer science student playing key role in DNA software debate

Nathan Adams, a computer science graduate student, works with Dan Krane, professor of biology, to review DNA evidence in criminal cases.

Special care

Wright State researchers use gaming app to study burnout among caregivers of dementia patients
The study, led by Wright State computer science and social work researchers, uses word games, apps and skin sensors.

Synergy search

Wright State nursing educators win research grant to measure and improve teamwork
Wright State nursing educators will measure and improve synergy and teamwork among nursing students in class projects and in the nursing profession.

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’s Amit Sheth earns prestigious Fellow honor from American Association of Artificial Intelligence

Wright State University professor Amit Sheth is a newly elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Wright State biology student dives deep into campus opportunities

Megan Reed stays active through the university scuba program, conducting research in an earth and environmental sciences lab and serving in the Ohio Air National Guard.

Commercialization, overdose deaths, polar expedition among top research–related stories of 2017

Wright State’s efforts to commercialize inventions, a study of overdose deaths and a trip to the North Pole to measure mercury highlighted the university’s many research initiatives in 2017.

Graduate School and Research