Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Multi-disciplinary design and analysis of high-speed aircraft

The research activities in the APUS Lab (apus.psu.edu) are motivated by the desire to expand the last frontier of aerospace engineering, represented by hypersonic vehicles and high-speed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The development of these advanced aerospace systems has been constrained by their inherent complex multi-physics nature and the adverse uncertain working environment. While there are relatively mature solutions for each single disciplinary involved in multi-...

Mentor: Daning Huang

3 September 10, 2019 September 10, 2019
Mushroom Phorid Fly Research

We are looking for one or two undergrad Research Assistants to work as part of a team in the Entomology Department (Merkle Lab, Orchard Road). The main focus of these positions will be the screening of registered biopesticide products for efficacy against mushroom flies. Undergrads will be trained in experimental techniques, including bioassays, experimental design, data collection, and analysis. Research assistants will also assist with maintenance of the mushroom fly cultures, and...

Mentor: Nina Jenkins

2 August 27, 2018 October 29, 2018
Neurobiology: Synaptic Transmission

Chemical synaptic transmission serves a crucial function in the nervous system by mediating transmission and integration of information carried by electrical signals in nerve cells. We are taking a forward genetic approach using the model system, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate the in vivo molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission.

Mentor: Fumiko Kawasaki

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Parent-Child Dynamics Lab

In Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer's Parent-Child Dynamics Lab, we study the ways that parenting and parent-child interaction patterns influence child development. We use dynamic time series analysis to examine how parents and children coordinate their emotions, behaviors, and physiology, and how this coordination is related to the development of children's self-regulation and behavior problems in school. We also examine how parent-child interaction patterns relate to resilience and risk in the...

Mentor: Erika Lunkenheimer

2-3 August 21, 2019 March 17, 2020
Physiology and ecology of deep sea corals & temporal change in hydrothermal vent communities in the Western Pacific

Currently research in my laboratory is centered around two projects. One is focused on the physiology and ecology of deep-sea corals and the other examining temporal change in hydrothermal vent communities in the Western Pacific. We have a long-term project underway using digital still images to follow the recovery of deep-sea corals that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In addition, we are conducting laboratory experiments and analysis of corals collected from the sea...

Mentor: Charles Fisher

4-8 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting this semester. This space is intended for undergraduates or graduates from any major on campus to explore music/brain/psychology topics but we especially welcome research questions related to pitch processing and psycho-motor activity. Students from Acoustics, Psychology, Neuroscience and all other majors are welcome, as well as students with any background coursework or experience in statistics....

Mentor: Bryan Nichols

10 August 1, 2019 August 1, 2019
Polyelectrolyte Solution Rheology

Polyelectrolytes find uses as thickeners for solution coating. DNA is also a polyelectrolyte. The molecular weight of all polyelectrolytes is hard to characterize and we try to develop methods to determine number-average molecular weight from careful measurements of the concentration dependence of solution rheology, coupled with X-ray scattering.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 August 30, 2018 July 30, 2019
Project on parenting and psychophysiology

The Child Brain Development lab is recruiting 1-2 undergraduate research assistants to help with a project focusing on parenting behaviors and related psychophysiological processes. RAs' main responsibility include observational ratings of parenting behaviors. Meanwhile, RAs will attend weekly meetings to discuss research articles and professional development topics, and also have opportunities to observe/participate in research projects and develop other research skills (e.g., analyzing...

Mentor: Xutong Zhang

1-2 January 21, 2020 January 22, 2020
Promoting Healthy Development/Recipe for Success

The Edna Bennett Prevention Research Center is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to assist with the Recipe 4 Success project. The project examines the impact of lessons regarding healthy eating, sleeping patterns, and self-control skills on toddler development in Early Head Start families.

Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

3 August 20, 2018 October 29, 2018
Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic...

Mentor: Karen Murphy

undefined January 1, 2019 January 21, 2020