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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

Water power

Wright State professor Silvia Newell is a key player in a new state partnership on monitoring of wetlands
The Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network will assess the effectiveness and future role of implemented and planned wetland restoration projects.

Water research by physics professor Allen Hunt published by Geological Society of America

Allen Hunt's research is important when developing strategies to optimize the use of water in food and energy production.

Kunal Swani serves as editor on special issue of marketing journal

Kunal Swani, associate professor of marketing, was co-editor of a special issue on business-to-business advertising in the journal Industrial Marketing Management.

Graduate School and Research