Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Genetic, Mechanical, and Temporal Factors of Craniofacial Development

Our lab is looking for undergraduate students interested in anthropology, embryological development, and/or 3D visualization of biological structures to assist us in projects aiming to understand how genes, mechanical forces, and timing affect the processes involved in the development of the skull. Undergraduate students that get involved in this project will learn about mouse development, imaging, skull development, brain development, and gene expression during specific developmental events...

Mentor: Joan Richtsmeier

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Health Disparities & Physical Activity Research (HDPAR) Lab

The lab is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year (fall, spring, summer).

Undergraduate interns will gain a mentored experience in research related activities, including organizing and processing research data, conducting literature reviews and writing scientific publications, recruiting research participants, assisting with data collection activities and health assessments, and more.

Mentor: Scherezade Mama

2 January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
High Performance Engineering Design Teams

In this project, we are investigating how engineering design teams work, with a particular focus on the key factors that lead to high performance. As part of our investigation, we study the interaction behaviors of engineers (what they do, the approaches they take), their cognitive characteristics (who they are, what they know), and the design outcomes of the engineering team (what they create). This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the design process, design cognition, product...

Mentor: Kathryn Jablokow

3+ January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Human Language Technologies Lab

Natural language is integral to how we communicate, synthesize, and store information. My lab focuses on solving problems to enable computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of natural language text. We apply methods from natural language processing (NLP) to a variety of domains, including digital privacy, online social networks, web science, and digital libraries. For more information, visit

Mentor: Shomir Wilson

1 September 30, 2019 October 8, 2019
Human-Computer Interaction

My research group addresses a wide range of challenge areas in which people collectively and individually use information technology to solve problems, to learn, to be healthier and more active, and even to be better citizens. Our work involves both developing new systems and applications, and directly studying their use by people in lab and field studies. We are especially interested in how people use technology to share and collaborate, to stay aware of news and activity, and to make sense...

Mentor: Jack Carroll

3-6 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Ideation Flexibility

Our project is called Ideation Flexibility, because we want to help engineers become more flexible in the ways they generate ideas. We are investigating how different interventions impact the idea generation of engineers working on design tasks, including how the problem is framed, the use of different design tools, and teaming. The project is being done in collaboration with faculty and students at the University of Michigan and Iowa State University, so the potential impact is broad and...

Mentor: Kathryn Jablokow

3+ January 2, 2018 July 30, 2019
Identification of novel genes involved cellulosic biofuel production

Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. The great abundance of cellulose places it at the forefront as a primary source of biomass for renewable biofuels. Our research is focused on understanding the biological mechanisms underlying biofuel production so that those mechanisms can be redesigned, improved, and used to develop novel, efficient bioenergy strategies that can be replicated on a mass scale.

Mentor: Ying Gu

2-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018

IMPACT is an 8 week- summer immersive, mentored experience to enhance your research skills and develop strong pre-doctoral application materials that lead to admission to graduate school. IMPACT is open to undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have completed at least two years of college by June of the program year. Students must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents. Accepted students receive a stipend. Please visit...

Mentor: Lisa Kitko

10 January 30, 2020 January 30, 2020
Increasing Physical Activity using Active Workstations

The Rovniak Lab (Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey location,, is now recruiting an undergraduate research assistant for Summer and/or Fall 2017. The lab focuses on engineering environmental and policy change to promote public health. The current project involves assisting with conducting an intervention study to investigate the feasibility of using active workstations (i.e.,...

Mentor: Liza Rovniak

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Intelligent Information Systems

Indexing and retrieval of large quantity of multimedia data is a highly challenging and growingly important research problem for the multimedia research community. Researchers in multimedia, databases, computer vision, machine learning, signal and image processing and statistics have worked on multimedia information retrieval for over a decade. A number of significant technological advances have been achieved in this field. Some of the techniques have been applied to real-world application...

Mentor: James Z. Wang

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018