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

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.

Statistical standout

Google selects research proposal from Wright State computer science student Matt Piekenbrock
A research project by Matt Piekenbrock, a graduate computer science at Wright State, was selected by the Google Summer of Code 2017 competition.

Natural cause

The woods of Wright State, hub of research projects, granted partial conservation easement
Wright State creates a 15-acre conservation easement in the woods to protect a rare bat and other endangered species from development.

Scholarships help medical student pursue dream of research

Sabrina Metzger, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, is searching for targeted treatments for myotonia congenita.

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

Improving soldier health and performance with sensors and stimulators at Wright State center

Excerpt The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson AFB is the Air Force lead in human performance research and development for its air, space and cyberspace forces. Supporting that mission is the Ohio Federal Research Network’s (OFRN) Human …

Biomedical engineering students create automatic toothbrush for those unable to use their hands

Biomedical engineering students won the College of Engineering and Computer Science Senior Design Showcase for their creation of an automatic toothbrush.

Wright State’s Allen Hunt develops model to measure vegetation growth that offers promise in agriculture, climate prediction

Physic professor Allen Hunt details his latest research in the Valdose Zone Journal, published by the Soil Science Society of America.

Graduate School and Research