Research Opportunities Database
Search to find Penn State faculty members looking to fill open undergraduate researcher positions.
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|Title||Number of opportunities||Posted||Last Updated|
|3-D Printer Based Quadcopter||
Design and build 3D-printer based quadcopters with image processing capability.
Mentor: Jay Amicangelo
|3||January 18, 2018||May 9, 2018|
|3-D Printer Based Robotics||
Design and build 3D-printer based small robots with programming capability, incorporating navigational and touch sensors.
Mentor: Asad Azemi
|3||January 1, 2018||July 24, 2018|
|A Better Understanding of the Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Carbon Fluxes||
Sustainable agriculture depends on the promotion and management of healthy soils. Healthy soils support root growth and beneficial microbes, such as mycorrhizal fungi, to enhance soil quality, nutrient uptake and crop production. A student working on this project will investigate root and fungal interactions and how they relate to root and soil health.
Mentor: David Eissenstat
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|Additiive Manufacturing Sensing and Process Control||
Process sensor data collected from 3D printing process, extract useful information from the data, and exploit the knowledge for better process design and control
Mentor: Hui Yang
|2||January 1, 2018||July 24, 2018|
|Algorithmic Genomics: Computational Methods for Analyzing Big Genomic Data||
The recent emergence of high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized genomics by providing a new wealth of data for biologists to learn from. Projects such as the cancer genome atlas project (TCGA) has sequenced hundreds of tumors from various cancer types, and projects such as the Genome10K will sequence the genomes of thousands of different species. However, our ability to interpret these datasets is currently limited due to their size and complexity.
Mentor: Paul Medvedev
|2||January 1, 2018||July 24, 2018|
|Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of methods to detect natural selection in admixed populations||
Much research in evolutionary genomics has focused on Darwinian selection, also known as positive selection. Positive selection causes a beneficial allele to increase to high frequency in a population because individuals carrying that allele are more successful than those without it. Multiple methods exist to pinpoint genes that have undergone positive selection using a variety of approaches. However, these methods may miss or misidentify the signature of positive selection in a population...
Mentor: Michael DeGiorgio
|1||May 25, 2018||May 25, 2018|
|Authoring/Editing and tracking data on the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Wiki||
This project is an ongoing collaboration with the Society of Exploration Geophysicsts (SEG), an international organization that has established a geoscience-focused wiki. Since Summer 2015, undergraduate students have authored wiki articles on "Geology 101" topics. The collaboration seeks students interested in authoring new/editing existing pages and tracking data on accesses and edits on existing pages.
Mentor: Laura Guertin
|1-2||January 1, 2018||July 24, 2018|
|Bacterial Genetics and Microbiology||
My laboratory focuses on two areas that attempt to understand how physiological processes are regulated. One area involves understanding the molecular and genetic events involved in the initiation of sporulation in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis.
A second area of interest is an examination of the frequency and diversity of bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) in the environment. These viruses may offer a relatively unexplored reservoir for novel genes that could play a role in...
Mentor: Tami Mysliwiec
|2- 3||January 1, 2018||October 15, 2018|
|Behavior, Mechanisms, and the Brain||
Research in the LaDage lab concerns the relationship between the brain and behavior, specifically focusing on the evolution of spatially-based behaviors and the hippocampus, an area of the brain heavily involved in learning and memory. Typically, we use non-model species (lizards, in particular) to incorporate ecological relevance into this relationship.
Mentor: Lara LaDage
|Please contact Dr. LaDage for availability (LDL18@psu.edu)||August 1, 2018||October 17, 2018|
|Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab||
The focus of the Behavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory is to understand the genetic basis of complex traits. We are specifically focused on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in both alcohol and nicotine use. To this end we use an array of approaches.
Mentor: Helen Kamens
|1||January 1, 2018||July 24, 2018|