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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

Wright State biomedical engineering student spent summer interning at Mayo Clinic

Ibrahim Abdulhalim, a student in the combined B.S./M.S. Biomedical Engineering Program, worked in the Mayo Clinic's radiology department during a summer research internship.

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Wright State anthropology students dig for evidence of an historic Shawnee fort
Undergraduate anthropology students receive hands-on training at excavating during Wright State's Field School in Archaeology.
Student Profile

Wright State graduate student researching COVID-19 social media information, misinformation

Graduate biological sciences student Emily Burwell is attempting to quantify the proportion of misinformation to validated information about COVID-19 on Twitter.
Student Profile

Tech titan

Computer powers of Wright State business student Jared Smith are sweet music for a high school band program
Jared Smith has solved computer network problems, helped companies update web pages and provided the elderly with tech assistance.

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

Student investigations spotlighted at College of Science and Mathematics’ Festival of Research

The Festival of Research featured podium talks by student researchers and a poster session.

Damaris Serrano receives national Panamanian award for book on literature

The University of Panama honors Damaris Serrano, associate professor of Spanish with an award for her book on Panamanian literature.

Professor of nursing Rosemary Eustace completes prestigious fellowship in Tanzania on breast cancer awareness

Rosemary Eustace received a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to collaborate with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania.

Graduate School and Research