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

Fort worth

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

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 Profile

Satellite link

Wright State mathematics major Catherine Embury researches satellites for NASA as part of an internship
Helping improve the tracking of and communication with small satellites to aid in space exploration is part of mathematics major Catherine Embury’s job description.
Student Profile

Molecular movement

Wright State student researcher Christina Davis will participate in an exchange program in Singapore
Christina Davis, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, works as a research assistant 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

Nursing Chair Ann Stalter honored with public health nursing research award

Ann Stalter was recognized for her research into applied systems thinking to manage COVID‐19 decision-making in complex health care systems.

Wright State Professor Sherif Elbasiouny awarded a $3 million federal grant to study weakness in aging

Researchers at Wright State, Ohio State and Ohio University will examine the neural mechanisms underlying weakness in aging.

Wright State receives $1.45 million grant to analyze data from Ohio opioid and substance abuse treatment program

The Boonshoft School of Medicine is playing a key role in a state program that provides prevention, treatment and recovery services for Ohioans with opioid and stimulant use disorders.

Graduate School and Research