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

Faculty Profile

Wright State professor studies dead people’s teeth

Wright State anthropologist Amelia Hubbard specializes in the study of past life ways through teeth.
Faculty Profile

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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.

Wright State history professor helps organize exhibit on Dayton and World War I

Using diaries, letters, documents, photographs and artifacts, “Over There: Dayton and the Great War” showcases the essential involvement of Daytonians and local businesses in the war.

Community Update from the Chair, September 2016

Dear members of the Wright State University Community: I am writing to you on behalf of the WSU Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee (S-SAC) to update you on progress in our search for Wright State University’s seventh president. Much has occurred since my last update.

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’s Allen Hunt develops new tool to measure soil production that offers promise in predicting global warming

Being able to predict soil production also helps with soil conservation, protecting crops, preventing landslides and forecasting changes in the landscape.

Wright State’s first president Brage Golding dies

Known as an innovator with an entrepreneurial spirit, Brage Golding served as Wright State’s president from 1966 to 1972.

Additional dates added for Wright State research study on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

This part of the study seeks African-Americans age 18 or older who do not have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.