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

Taking the lead

Wright State’s Considine Scholars Program fostering leadership skills among women in STEM
The Considine Scholars Program funds undergraduate STEM research positions in campus laboratories.

Muscle mystery

Wright State biologist Andrew Voss lands $454,000 federal research award to investigate Huntington’s disease
The three-year research award is aimed at determining if there is a primary disease of the muscle in Huntington’s disease.
Student Profile

3D thinking

Wright State senior Rachel Evans completes manufacturing internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Rachel Evans, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Wright State University, researched new manufacturing technologies during a summer internship.

Engineering a better bra

Undergraduate engineering students team with graduates students for a research project.

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

WSRI team successfully flies multiple different UAS with a single operator

A team from the Wright State Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory tested advanced concepts for single operator control of multiple different Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Taking care

Wright State grad student Sara Martinko to present her poster on stroke caregiving at national psychology conference
Research by Sara Martinko, a graduate student in the School of Professional Psychology, was influenced by her mother's stroke.

Intelligent design

Wright State grad student Angela Reichelderfer creates historical dressmaking exhibit as part of her master’s thesis
Wright State graduate student Angela Reichelderfer's exhibit featuring historical dresses is on display at the Stein Galleries in the Creative Arts Center through Feb. 17.

Graduate School and Research