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

Gender matters

Wright State assistant professor Adrienne Traxler co-authors equity article in prestigious Physics Today magazine
Adrienne Traxler, assistant professor of physics, examined systemic bias against women in physics and how what physicists can do to improve things.

Madhavi Kadakia selected to be fellow in academic medicine program for women

Madhavi Kadakia, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will serve as a fellow in the ELAM Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Wright State imaging researchers demonstrate a novel approach for measuring brain function connectivity

The research could lead to a more effective way to study people with autism, Alzheimer’s and depression.

Crash course

Mock disaster gives Wright State students lesson in forensic anthropology
College of Liberal Arts course gives students a theoretical understanding of what forensic anthropology looks like, the specialists they would work with and the challenges of the career.

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

Ohio researchers from academia, government and business work to create more trust in autonomous systems

A team of Ohio researchers, including representatives of the Wright State Research Institute, is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory to ensure the safety and cyber security of autonomous systems.

Gender matters

Wright State assistant professor Adrienne Traxler co-authors equity article in prestigious Physics Today magazine
Adrienne Traxler, assistant professor of physics, examined systemic bias against women in physics and how what physicists can do to improve things.

Innovation sensation

Wright State’s Innovation Weekend seen as big success; four more are planned beginning in the fall
Innovation Weekend brought students from four colleges together to devise potential solutions to real-world problems in the handling of battlefield injuries and mass-casualty situations.

Graduate School and Research