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

Seaworthy

Wright State alumna Alison Agather helping federal government predict and measure polar sea ice
Alison Agather, who earned her Ph.D. in environmental sciences from Wright State in December, helps to identify emerging issues in the Arctic as a fellow with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Pregnancy-related research by Wright State professor Thomas Brown and team published in major journal

Thomas Brown, vice chair for research in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, published his latest research on preeclampsia in Scientific Reports.

Coming of age

Wright State professor Corey Seemiller authors new book on Generation Z with co-researcher Meghan Grace
Latest book by Corey Seemiller, associate professor of leadership studies in education and organizations, takes a deep look at the characteristics of Generation Z.
Student Profile

Map quest

Wright State senior Denis Barry Jr. captures first place in regional geography competition
A passion for counties, maps, highways and exploring has lead Wright State University senior Denis Barry Jr. to a career in geography.

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

Extreme behavior

Wright State researchers Terry Oroszi and David Ellis offer identifying characteristics of American terrorists in their new book
New book seeks to halt the recruitment of American citizens by terror organizations as well as to identify the common traits of terrorists.

Paralysis analysis

Wright State researchers Mark Rich and Andrew Voss awarded $2.7 million in federal grant money to study muscle disease
Mark Rich and Andrew Voss have received a five-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases with additional funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Medical school researcher earns more than $3 million in grant funding to study vascular diseases

Ji Chen Bihl, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is working to unlock better treatments for ischemic stroke and reveal the intricacies of microvesicles and exosomes.

Graduate School and Research