Research Opportunities Database

Search to find Penn State faculty members looking to fill open undergraduate researcher positions.

A form for faculty members interested in posting an opportunity can be found at Post an Opportunity.

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
3-D Printer Based Quadcopter

Design and build 3D-printer based quadcopters with image processing capability.

Faculty: Jay Amicangelo

3 January 18, 2018 May 9, 2018
3-D Printer Based Robotics

Design and build 3D-printer based small robots with programming capability, incorporating navigational and touch sensors.

Faculty: Asad Azemi

3 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
A Better Understanding of the Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Carbon Fluxes

Sustainable agriculture depends on the promotion and management of healthy soils. Healthy soils support root growth and beneficial microbes, such as mycorrhizal fungi, to enhance soil quality, nutrient uptake and crop production. A student working on this project will investigate root and fungal interactions and how they relate to root and soil health.
Forests can be major sinks for carbon in a changing climate. One of the greatest uncertainties in terrestrial carbon fluxes is that occurring belowground. A student on this project will work on questions of how does soil moisture and nutrients affect root production and turnover and soil CO2 in a changing climate.

Faculty: David Eissenstat

undefined January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Additiive Manufacturing Sensing and Process Control

Process sensor data collected from 3D printing process, extract useful information from the data, and exploit the knowledge for better process design and control

Faculty: Hui Yang

2 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Algorithmic Genomics: Computational Methods for Analyzing Big Genomic Data

The recent emergence of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized genomics by providing a new wealth of data for biologists to learn from. Projects such as the cancer genome atlas project (TCGA) has sequenced hundreds of tumors from various cancer types, and projects such as the Genome10K will sequence the genomes of thousands of different species. However, our ability to interpret these datasets is currently limited due to their size and complexity.

Faculty: Paul Medvedev

2 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Authoring/Editing and tracking data on the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Wiki

This project is an ongoing collaboration with the Society of Exploration Geophysicsts (SEG), an international organization that has established a geoscience-focused wiki. Since Summer 2015, undergraduate students have authored wiki articles on "Geology 101" topics. The collaboration seeks students interested in authoring new/editing existing pages and tracking data on accesses and edits on existing pages.

Faculty: Laura Guertin

1-2 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Bacterial Genetics and Microbiology

My laboratory focuses on two areas that attempt to understand how physiological processes are regulated. One area involves understanding the molecular and genetic events involved in the initiation of sporulation in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis.

A second area of interest is an examination of the frequency and diversity of bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) in the environment. These viruses may offer a relatively unexplored reservoir for novel genes that could play a role in altering host cell physiology and have practical biotechnological applications.

There are several ongoing projects in the laboratory that use current microbiological, biochemical and molecular techniques in which students can participate.

Faculty: Tami Mysliwiec

2- 3 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab

The focus of the Behavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory is to understand the genetic basis of complex traits. We are specifically focused on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in both alcohol and nicotine use. To this end we use an array of approaches.

Faculty: Helen Kamens

1 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Biological Clock Control of Nocturnal Migration

We are looking for undergraduates interested in helping a research project on migrating birds. Duties involve sample collecting, animal care, behavioral testing and scoring of video. Advanced undergraduates will also have the opportunity to help with sample analysis in the lab.

Faculty: Paul Bartell

6 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018
Black Writers of Pennsylvania

The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive and concise database of Black literary artists (poets, novelists, dramatists, memoirists, and so on) from or currently working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on emerging writers and their work. This resource will serve to increase awareness and understanding of Pennsylvania's rich and living African American literary history and its makers. The database will be of value to students, faculty, scholars, event planners, and community groups who wish to highlight or include the works of regional or local African American writers in their programs and projects. This project is funded by a grant from the Africana Research Center at Penn State University, as part of their initiative "In Pursuit of Social Justice: Recognizing PA Black Artists."

Faculty: Megan Simpson

2 - 3 January 1, 2018 January 18, 2018