Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

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

Skeleton crew

Wright State faculty member Amelia Hubbard transforms her forensic field exercise into a virtual experience
A forensic simulation exercise allows students to practice what they have learned in course taught by Amelia Hubbard, associate professor of anthropology.
Student Profile

Shark sleuth

Wright State Ph.D. candidate Ryan Shell unearths fossils of prehistoric sharks from coast to coast
Ryan Shell, an earth and environmental sciences Ph.D. student, studies the biodiversity, biogeography and paleoecology of marine vertebrates during the early Permian Period.
Alumni Profile

Activism analysis

Wright State alumna Crystal Whetstone researching mothers as political force
Crystal Whetstone, who earned degrees in political science and international and comparative politics at Wright State, researches women’s participation in politics.
Student Profile

No doubt about it

Research award for Wright State biology student Tara-Yesomi Wenegieme shows lab prowess
Tara-Yesomi Wenegieme, a biological sciences major at Wright State, wants to become a doctor and conduct research, possibly in pathology.

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

Wright State researcher Ulas Sunar wins $1.7 million grant to demonstrate novel approach for imaging and treating ovarian cancer

Ulas Sunar, director of the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory, is investigating new techniques to detect and treat small tumor nodules in ovarian cancer.

Wright State to collaborate with Air Force on testing for COVID-19 antibodies

The study involves researchers from the 711th Human Performance Wing, Courtney Sulentic, an associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Mateen Rizki, chair of computer science and engineering.

Wright State medical student leads research benefiting breast cancer survivors

Research by Dhishant Asarpota, a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, sought to shed light on improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Graduate School and Research