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

Student Profile

Nervous energy

Wright State postdoctoral researcher Ryan Griggs wins prestigious neuroscience award for his lab’s research on diabetes
Ryan Griggs and his fellow researchers have found that changes in neurons in the brain may be responsible for cognitive dysfunction associated with Type 2 diabetes.

Prairie premiere

Restored prairie at Wright State serves as wildlife magnet, research lab and scenic wonder
Students and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences turned land off University Drive between the Nutter Center parking and Mini University into a prairie.

Gender matters

Wright State assistant professor Adrienne Traxler co-authors equity article in prestigious Physics Today magazine
Adrienne Traxler, assistant professor of physics, examined systemic bias against women in physics and how what physicists can do to improve things.

Madhavi Kadakia selected to be fellow in academic medicine program for women

Madhavi Kadakia, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will serve as a fellow in the ELAM Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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

Trauma care

Wright State engineering professor Pratik Parikh to lead research designed to optimize locations of hospital trauma centers
Reshaping the network of hospital trauma centers to increase their effectiveness in saving lives and better utilize resources is the goal of research led by Wright State.

Prairie premiere

Restored prairie at Wright State serves as wildlife magnet, research lab and scenic wonder
Students and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences turned land off University Drive between the Nutter Center parking and Mini University into a prairie.

Lake Campus efforts to address water quality recognized by governor

Collaborative efforts between agriculture and water quality groups surrounding Grand Lake St. Marys were highlighted by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other state officials.

Graduate School and Research