Research Opportunities Database

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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: Asad Azemi

3 January 18, 2018 October 30, 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 October 29, 2018
3D VR Research: Conducting the Experiment

We are looking for students who want to gain hands-on experience in social science research on state-of-the-art media technologies. This research experience will help them make their resume or CV more impressive especially if they are looking for a job in the IT industry, a researcher position, or if they plan to apply for graduate schools. Undergraduate researchers will conduct an experiment in the lab to examine the effects of virtual reality (VR) on human perceptions and behaviors.

Mentor: Hyun Yang

3 February 14, 2019 February 14, 2019
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.
Forests can be major sinks for carbon in a changing climate. One of the greatest uncertainties in terrestrial carbon fluxes is that...

Mentor: David Eissenstat

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
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 October 29, 2018
Ag Ed Curriculum Design and Assessment Assistants


This is an opportunity for two students to participate in the design of a new course by creating short video clips of guest speakers, research facilities, and instruction. Active research will be done in the areas of assessment. Stellar assistance could lead to documented experience, publications, and attendance at outreach or a professional conference.

Students must enjoy working with plants, be familiar with basic biology, seek to improve in the areas of pedagogy, education,...

Mentor: Christina Call

2 February 12, 2019 February 12, 2019
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 October 29, 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 October 29, 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 October 29, 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 29, 2018