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

Alumni Profile

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Wright State alumna Crystal Whetstone researching mothers as political force
Crystal Whetstone, who earned degrees in political science and international and comparative politics at Wright State, researches women’s participation in politics.
Student Profile

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Research award for Wright State biology student Tara-Yesomi Wenegieme shows lab prowess
Tara-Yesomi Wenegieme, a biological sciences major at Wright State, wants to become a doctor and conduct research, possibly in pathology.

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Wright State grad student Cassandra Clouse shines at a national military conference with her virtual reality research
Cassandra Clouse, who pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering at Wright State, studies how virtual reality environments can help people with PTSD.

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Pregnancy-related disorders target of pioneering research by Wright State’s Thomas L. Brown
Preeclampsia is a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death worldwide, but Thomas Brown is trying to change that.

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 researcher Corey Seemiller releases study on potential voting behavior of Generation Z

"Gen Z Voices on Voting" is the latest study by Corey Seemiller, associate professor of leadership studies in education and organizations at Wright State.

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Engineering students receive hands-on experience with 3D metal printer
Lab in the College of Engineering and Computer Science is using the 3D metal printer to teach and train students in metal additive manufacturing.

Department of Pediatrics participates in national collaborative to improve care of emotional needs for children with chronic illnesses

The collaborative aims to increase the resilience and emotional health of pediatric patients with chronic conditions and their families.

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