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

In a good light

Wright State’s Elliott Brown and Weidong Zhang help develop promising new semiconductor for LED lighting
Research by Wright State physicists led to a scientific breakthrough that promises to make the LED lighting more efficient and affordable.
Student Profile

Wright State computer science student playing key role in DNA software debate

Nathan Adams, a computer science graduate student, works with Dan Krane, professor of biology, to review DNA evidence in criminal cases.
Faculty Profile

Special care

Wright State researchers use gaming app to study burnout among caregivers of dementia patients
The study, led by Wright State computer science and social work researchers, uses word games, apps and skin sensors.

Synergy search

Wright State nursing educators win research grant to measure and improve teamwork
Wright State nursing educators will measure and improve synergy and teamwork among nursing students in class projects and in the nursing profession.

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

Scene science

Wright State business students study data analytics to help Scene75 Entertainment with insight into their customers.
Management Information Systems students use the power of the Data Analytics and Visualization Environment, or DAVE lab, for a research project for Scene75.

Researchers to study role of genes in new treatments for deadly pediatric brain tumor

The researchers are trying to understand how tumors caused by an incurable brain cancer in children resist all current treatments through changes in gene expression.

KnoEmoji empire

Wright State researchers develop database that promises to improve emoji communication
Researchers at Wright State's Kno.e.sis developed EmojiNet, a comprehensive resource to help people understand and interpret the various meanings of emojis.

Graduate School and Research