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

Wakeup call

Wright State grad student Sarah Fryman presents smartphone addiction research at a national seminar
Research by Sarah Fryman, a Wright State biology graduate and current Master of Public Health student, found that one’s fear of not being able to use their smartphone can be magnified by personality traits.

Physiology phenom

Wright State renal physiologist Clintoria Williams makes big news with a study linking high blood pressure with zinc deficiency
A research study by renal physiologist Clintoria Williams was published by the American Journal of Physiology.
Alumni Profile

Physics phenom

2019 Wright State grad Carissa Myers is off to earn her Ph.D. in physics with prestigious National Science Foundation award
Carissa Myers, who graduated in May, discovered her passion for physics as a student at Wright State.

Prevent defense

Wright State faculty member Gokce Ergun works to educate the community about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Gokce Ergun, associate professor in the School of Professional Psychology, calls Fetal Alcohol Spectrum the No. 1 preventable cause of intellectual disability.

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

Study finds children with intellectual disability have less access to health care than children with autism

The investigation was led by Kelly Haller, a second-year medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Wright State medical student researches Narcan access among heroin users

Research on addiction medicine has led third-year medical student Rachel Rhee to see the potential of working with that patient population after graduation.

Substance of concern

Wright State researcher Raminta Daniulaityte leads research effort on methamphetamine use
Researchers in the Department of Population and Public Health Science are studying methamphetamine use of people who have opiate-use disorders.

Graduate School and Research