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

Microbe management

Wright State students Christina Davis and Andrea Poole help team win gold in international synthetic biology competition
As interns at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students developed a research project for a pill to prevent or minimize bacterial illness among deployed military personnel.

Wright State professor Tanvi Banerjee featured in Women in Science issue of Research Features Magazine

Wright State professor Tanvi Banerjee was recognized by a British online publication for her research detecting burnout among those who care for dementia patients
Student Profile

Prizeworthy poster

Wright State biology student Johana Barrientos scores big in national Louis Stokes poster/presentation competition
Johana Barrientos was recognized for creating a poster that explains her research on a complicated heart disease it in a detailed, colorful and reader-friendly way.

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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

Missouri–Kansas City arts and sciences dean withdraws from Wright State provost search

Additional candidates are scheduled to visit Wright State next week.

Boise State business and economics dean to visit Wright State April 18-19 for provost position

Kenneth Petersen, the dean of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, will participate in two public forums on April 18.

Computer command

Wright State’s mighty new computer cluster to bolster research, help teach high-performance computing
The new computer cluster is always up and running and can accommodate an indefinite number of users, working at the cluster or remotely from their offices or labs.

Graduate School and Research