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

Laboratory love

Wright State alum Brandon Baum '17 wins prestigious honor from American Society for Clinical Pathology
Brandon Baum uses the skills from his biology degree and certificate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences to analyze lab work.

Revolutionary research

Wright State English professor Sharon Lynette Jones will produce book about famous civil rights activist Angela Davis
Sharon Lynette Jones' new book project will take extensive research and involve visits to archives around the country.

Wright State English professor Crystal B. Lake receives National Endowment for Humanities grant

The grant will support work by Crystal B. Lake and a team of researchers to create an innovative scholarly digital edition of "Vetusta Monumenta," a series of prints documenting rare antiquities.

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.

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

Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers find PTSD correlates with suicide attempts

The study found that suicide attempts in trauma survivors are linked to PTSD symptom severity, childhood maltreatment and substance-related problems.

Intelligent machines

Zach Fuchs’ robot engineering course produces impressive array of machines — from firefighters to mine-detectors
The Intelligent Machine Design course in the College of Engineering and Computer Science gives engineering students “amazing hands-on experience."

Wright State researchers are attacking breast cancer

Julian Gomez-Cambronero works with members of his laboratory to find the molecular mechanisms that lead to breast cancer cell growth and invasiveness.

Graduate School and Research