Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Foodborne pathogen genomics

Every year an estimated 48 million people gets sick from foodborne disease in the U.S., and 23,000 die due to antimicrobial resistant infections. The research in our lab is focused on integrating genomics and metagenomics with phenotypic experiments to study the:
(i) mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens;
(ii) transmission of foodborne pathogens in the food supply chain;
(ii) differences in pathogens’ virulence potential.

Undergraduates with...

Mentor: Jasna Kovac

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Forest Ecology and Mycorrhizas

Forest health is dependent on trees acquiring enough water and nutrients. Tree species forage belowground differently, depending on differences in their roots and mycorrhizas. A student working on this project will investigate root and fungal diversity and how it relates to how trees forage for nutrients.

Mentor: David Eissenstat

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Frisbee Flight Dynamics

Our lab has designed a Frisbee launcher to study the Flight
Dynamics of a Frisbee. Our lab also has developed an instrumented
Frisbee to acquire flight data. This project will involve running
experiments to gather data, process and generate results to study the
flight dynamics. It might also involve modifying the instrumentation,
the launcher as required to enable repeatable performance.

Mentor: Rungun Nathan

1 or 2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Frost Museum: Collections care and development

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for three large, historical collections of arthropods from around the world. One of the these collections is dedicated to educating students about the diversity of arthropod form - i.e., their colors, shapes, and sizes - and how to recognize different kinds of arthropods. For example, how does a beetle differ from a lacewing or a fly? This collection is accessed frequently and needs constant curation and new specimens.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 22, 2019 November 22, 2019
Frost Museum: Digitizing parasitic arthropods

The Frost Entomological Museum holds one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of sucking lice (Anoplura), comprising >15,000 specimens and more than 300 species. These blood-feeding ectoparasites were collected from a diversity of mammals, including walruses, crabeater seals, aardvarks, elephants, rodents, humans, and other primates. The museum also has sizable collections of other parasitic arthropods, including chewing lice, mosquitoes, black flies, fleas, and ticks.


Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Frost Museum: Freshwater entomology

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for a large collection of freshwater invertebrates, including mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and many aquatic flies. This collection is currently being digitized and rehoused in new storage containers. There are opportunities during this process for students to "get their feet wet" in museum science and to help museum staff document the full diversity of aquatics insects represented in this collection. New specimens will be collected during some...

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Frost Museum: Spiders of Pennsylvania

The Frost Entomological Museum has a large, historical collection of spiders, primarily from Pennsylvania. These spiders were collected as long ago as 1880 and collectively represent hundreds of species. Museum staff are currently cataloging this collection, documenting diversity, and upgrading the storage containers. This collection would provide the materials necessary for an enthusiastic undergraduate researcher to investigate spider diversity in Pennsylvania, both past and present.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Functional Theories of Attitudes, Interdependence Theory, Perception of Sexual Intent

My research has focused on three topics - the functional theories of attitudes, interdependence theory and person perception. Of late, my research has focused on understanding how the advice we give and receive serve social-adjustive or value-expressed needs, how stakeholders solve problems facing the community by using exit-voice behaviors, and how alcohol impacts perceptions of sexual intent.

Students who worked with me on my research are involved in all aspects of the project...

Mentor: Richard J. Harnish

4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Game-Based Learning Research

This NSF-funded project includes the design and development of an immersive educational game. The work is being conducted by multi-discilinary teams. The project is in need of someone with sound programming HTML5, javascript, and REACT skills. The candidate should also have effective communication skills and be able to successfully work with a diverse team. Candidates must be able to work at least 10 hours per week for the academic year. There is opportunity for wages or indendent study...

Mentor: Rayne Sperling

2 August 22, 2019 August 23, 2019
Gene Regulation and Cancer Enzymes

Our laboratory is interested in how genes are turned off or on since such regulation is altered in cancer cells. Our goal is to determine how gene regulation complexes work using both biochemical and structural biology approaches. A focus of the lab is to determine the three-dimensional structure of epigenetic and chromatin complexes by X-ray crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy. Current undergraduate projects include (a) coexpression of protein complexes in E. coli and insect cells...

Mentor: Song Tan

4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018