Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Dynamics of Plant Cell Walls

Research opportunities are available in the Anderson Lab to study the dynamics of plant cell walls, with applicability to the sustainable production of food and bioenergy from plants. Our group uses a combination of molecular genetics, microscopy, and biochemistry to study how plants assemble, modify, and degrade their cell walls.

2 March 12, 2019 July 30, 2019
Ecology and evolution of leaf autumn colors

We are looking for assitance in collecting leaves from the Penn State Arboretum in order to test a hypothesis on the evolution of autumn leaf colors. We will collect leaves from as many species as possible and measure their nitrogen content, in October-November and then again in spring 2020. The project is not very demanding and requires only following a simple procedure to collect leaves and deliver them to the lab that does the analysis.

unlimited September 25, 2019 November 13, 2019
Ecology of mosquitoes in woodland settings as related to West Nile virus transmission in ruffed grouse

The Veterinary Entomology Laboratory is looking for undergraduate research students interested in zoonotic disease transmission. Ruffed grouse populations in Pennsylvania are susceptible to West Nile virus, but little of the ecology of the mosquito and habitat is known. The student would be assisting in data collection and able to develop their own project in relation to woodland habitats and mosquito transmission of West Nile virus. For more information on VEL, please visit...

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions

We are interested in interactions between plants and plant-feeding insects. Plants may be rooted to the ground, but they are far from helpless victims and use a remarkable array of tactics to defend themselves from insects and other attackers. We study different aspects of plant-insect interactions, using a combination of laboratory and field work with both agriculturally important crop plants and native plant species. We are interested in the defensive pathways triggered by different...

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Liquid Metals in Molten Salts for Separation of Rare-Earth Metals

Uranium can be recycled from nuclear fuel and reused in nuclear reactors. However during the recycling process, rare-earth elements accumulate in the recycling system, and must be removed to minimize the generation of additional nuclear waste. We are investigating the use of liquid metal electrodes to remove these elements with greater efficiency than current methods.

2 February 12, 2020 February 12, 2020
Engineering Leadership Development

Engineering Leadership Program seeks a passionate research assistant with excellent attention to detail to join our research team to support rigorous research and program evaluation. We are investigating on the engineering undergraduate students' leadership attributes such as self-awareness, global-view, ethical-awareness, creativity and teamwork skills, and their leadership competency. In addition, we are working on the case study project of Big 10 universities' engineering education...

2 August 1, 2018 January 14, 2019
Environmental monitoring through digital photography

This independent study is a long-term citizen science “Picture Post” to take regular panoramic photos at
four places on campus to document environmental changes taking place due to construction and other campus uses over time. This environmental baseline of images will serve as the foundation for continuous monitoring of our campus environment and as a foundation for undergraduate research projects for years to come. This Picture Post project was also specifically mentioned in the...

1-2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Environmental stress and how children and families adapt to it

Our work in this lab focuses on environmental stress and how children and families adapt to it. We are particularly interested in discovering sources of resiliency in children and their families and using this information to build programs to strengthen children and families who face stress. We focus on coping, self-regulation, and family support in our basic and applied research studies. Students can receive independent study credit (generally, one hour of credit is given for every three...

6 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Epigenetic studies in plants

assisting theoretical biologists in Mackenzie Lab with genome data and epigenomic modeling. Projects integrate phenotype data, gene expression data, and epigenetic data to identify gene networks underlying plant memory.

2-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Evolution of the nervous system

We are looking for highly motivated undergraduates interested in neurobiology to contribute to a variety of projects centering on the evolution of neuronal structure and signaling pathways. Successful applicants will learn a variety of skills such as molecular cloning, transgenic animal production, live cell imaging, electrophysiology and quantitative data analysis. The lab has a strong track record for student publication and lab alumni have gone on to graduate/professional school in the...

4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018