Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Refactoring CiteSeerX: building a portable database free search engine

We refactor CiteSeerX to make it easier to deploy by keeping all information on the search platform. We also redesign the ingestion code to increase the throughput by a factor of 5.

Mentor: C Lee Giles

1 January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Research Assistant

The Parent Regulation, Engagement, Stress, and Health (PRESH) Study is investigating parent stress, parental discipline, and regulatory processes in parents and children, with the goal of better supporting overburdened parents. We are seeking Research Assistants for our Harrisburg, PA satellite research office to support data collection on this large 5-year study of families with 2-3 year-olds. Penn State University Park and Penn State Harrisburg students are welcome to apply.


Mentor: Erika Lunkenheimer

2-3 February 20, 2020 March 17, 2020
Rheological Characterization of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Binder

When ground tire rubber (GTR) is added to the asphalt binder, it changes its characteristics and engineering properties. This research will focus on changes in rheological properties of GRT modified binder. Rehological testing includes determination of properties of binder at low, intermediate, and high temperature. Multiple Stress Creep and Recovery, Linear Amplitude Sweep, Rotational Viscosity, Bending Beam, and torsional tests will be used to evaluate the change in properties.

Mentor: Mansour Solaimanian

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Root Trait Discovery for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Apply novel field, greenhouse, and imaging techniques and methods to understand how root anatomy and architecture affects crop growth under drought and low fertility soils. Students will have opportunities to gain experience in laser ablation imaging of root tissues, image analysis, measuring and processing biological samples, and more! Laboratory and/or biology experience is helpful but not necessary.

Roots of the Second Green Revolution

Work with us in the...

Mentor: Jonathan Lynch

1-5 January 24, 2018 July 30, 2019
Semiflexible Conjugated Polymers

Conjugated polymers find uses in flexible electronic devices, such as solar cells. This class of polymer has chains that are naturally more rigid than standard flexible-chain polymers. Rigidity means that the polymers entangle more easily but also crystallize and perhaps form nematic phases above their melting point. Together with Professors Enrique Gomez and Scott Milner (both in Chemical Engineering) we aim to develop a better fundamental understanding of semiflexible conjugated...

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Sexual Health Promotion Among Youth

Dr. Adebayo is an assistant professor who is passionate about improving the sexual health of youth through community-engaged research. She is seeking motivated and hardworking students who will join her research team and be involved in research initiatives and projects. Specifically, Dr. Adebayo's works revolve around sexual risk behaviors, access and use of sexual health promotion resources, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Some current projects/initiatives are:

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    Mentor: Oluwamuyiwa Adebayo

Multiple April 8, 2019 July 30, 2019
Shingles in Asphalt

Disposed roofing shingles are rich in asphalt. So, it is of economical benefit to use shingles in asphalt concrete because of this high binder content. This will also benefit the environment as a demolished construction material is being used back in construction. However, shingle binder is very still and its use in pavement is limited. This research will focus on increasing the amount of shingle that can be used in asphalt using rejuvenators. The tools used to determine the quality of...

Mentor: Mansour Solaimanian

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018

Project SIESTA (Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep Trajectories)is a longitudinal study of (1) linkages between infant sleep quality during the first two years and infant socioemotional development (e.g., quality of infant-parent attachments, infant behavior problems and behavioral competencies); (2) how parenting of infants at bedtime and night time (from video-recordings), beginning at 1 month of age through 24 months, affects the development of infant sleep quality over time.

Mentor: Douglas Teti

Variable, depending on the semester January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Sleep, Social Information processing and child neglect and parenting

Current studies in the lab focus on sleep and its impact on parenting and social and neuro-cognition and child outcomes, aging out of foster care and homelessness and adult development, and the use of gaming technology to intervene to prevent childhood injury. The diversity of projects in the lab allows for a wide range of experiences for undergraduate research assistants. RAs learn about cognitive and neurocognitive tests, mother-child interaction patterns, and measurement of sleep and...

Mentor: Sandra Azar

2-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Smart Portable devices development

Hacking your smart device to help engineering education is
what this project is about. Integration of low cost sensors in
combination with existing sensors in smart portable devices to design
and develop experiments for student use in and out of the classroom.
You must be very handy and must have programming knowledge.

Mentor: Rungun Nathan

1 or 2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018