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

Breathing space

Wright State research engineer Matthew Sherwood wins $501,000 Navy award to study effects of fatigue, reduced oxygen
Wright State research engineer Matthew Sherwood receives $501,000 from the U.S. Navy to study the effects of fatigue and reduced oxygen.

Sociology professor Marlese Durr studies impact of recession on African American stylists

In a new study, Marlese Durr examined how African American women, specifically stylists, coped with and continued to work during the 2008 economic recession.
Student Profile

Poster popularity

Wright State SOPP student Peyton Jones honored for posters at Ohio Psychological Association Convention
Peyton Jones, who is pursuing his Psy.D. at Wright State, was honored for his poster exploring psychological assessments of people whose assigned sex at birth does not match their gender identity.
Student Profile

Naval force

Wright State medical student Christiana Draper brings Navy experience to medical school, neuroengineering research
Christiana Draper, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, won a National Institutes of Health Diversity Supplement Award to support for her ALS research.

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

Wright State engineering professor Sheng Li honored for top paper in lubrication engineering

Sheng Li received the Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.

Research into pacemakers, hearing aids, joint replacements focus of projects by Wright State biomedical engineering students

Research projects by the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science hold great promise.

Wright State professor Amit Sheth elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

Amit Sheth, executive director of Wright State's Kno.e.sis, was recognized for his contributions on information integration, distributed workflow, and semantics and knowledge-based big data analytics.

Graduate School and Research