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)

Research Profiles

Research by Wright State biological sciences alumna Michaela Woods published in Science

Michaela Woods became interested in research while taking an undergraduate course with Megan Rúa, associate professor of biological sciences.
Alumni Profile

Studying society cup by cup

Graduate student Bethany Lamb explores people and history through the study of ceramic cups
As a student in Wright State’s Master of Humanities Program, Bethany Lamb produced her own ceramic cups for an exhibition in the Stein Galleries.
Student Profile

Prediction puzzle

Wright State business student Christopher Broach receives a scholarship to help pursue an organ transplant project
Management information systems Christopher Broach is investigating cancer in organ transplant patients.
Student Profile

Smart action plan

Scholarship gives electrical engineering Ph.D. student Thomas Beard research position at AFRL
Thanks to the Department of Defense SMART Scholarship-for-Service, Thomas Beard is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and working at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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

Science of exercise

Wright State athlete and physical education graduate student Abigail Halsey studies how aerobic exercise can benefit children with autism.

Wright State historical archaeologist Lance Greene nominated for North Carolina literary award

Lance Greene, professor of anthropology, is a finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for “Their Determination to Remain: A Cherokee Community’s Resistance to the Trail of Tears in North Carolina.”

Wright State renal physiologist Clintoria Williams receives $2M award for chronic kidney disease research

Clintoria Williams, associate professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, will further her research aimed at identifying novel therapeutic approaches effective for chronic kidney disease.

Graduate School and Research