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

Wright State Honors students researching year-round

Megan Neumann, a junior biological sciences major, is one of numerous Wright State Honors students spending the summer conducting research.
Student Profile

Geologist gem

Rita Ghose, who graduated with a master's in earth and environmental sciences, studies geology to help boost the economy of Bangladesh.

Electric moment

Wright State grad student Shashank Reddy Goli charging full speed ahead at Tesla
Shashank Reddy Goli, a graduate student studying industrial and human factors engineering at Wright State, is spending the summer interning at Tesla's manufacturing facility in California.
Student Profile

Engineering for a cause

Sam Salchak '17 uses his engineering degree from Wright State to design a life-sustaining washing machine for a hospital in Malawi, Africa.

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 grad students help create commercialization success story

Together, Jeremy Brunn and Alan Smith became two important members of the Kno.e.sis team that transformed Twitris into a Dayton-based startup company.

GROWing a STEM community at Wright State

Learning opportunities through gardening projects leverage technology
Faculty members use technology to increase student engagement in courses focused on health, gardening, food, community and sustainability.

Medical students learn about treating refugee populations

Boonshoft School of Medicine students presented research about refugee patient communities and their health concerns at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Toronto.

Graduate School and Research