Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
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 29, 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 October 29, 2018
Biological Clock Control of Nocturnal Migration

We are looking for undergraduates interested in helping a research project on migrating birds. Duties involve sample collecting, animal care, behavioral testing and scoring of video. Advanced undergraduates will also have the opportunity to help with sample analysis in the lab.

Mentor: Paul Bartell

6 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Black Writers of Pennsylvania

The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive and concise database of Black literary artists (poets, novelists, dramatists, memoirists, and so on) from or currently working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on emerging writers and their work. This resource will serve to increase awareness and understanding of Pennsylvania's rich and living African American literary history and its makers. The database will be of value to students, faculty, scholars, event...

Mentor: Megan Simpson

2 - 3 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Cell Biology of Neurons

Our lab focuses on the basic function and structural organization of neurons at the cellular level. We use Drosophila genetics and live imaging to understand how the architecture of these elaborate cells is established and maintained. We also use the tools and basic knowledge about neuronal cell biology to understand neuronal responses to injury including degeneration and regeneration.

Mentor: Melissa Rolls

typically about 10 undergraduates have independent research projects in the lab. Write to check for current availability. January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Center for Childhood Obesity Research

The Center for Childhood Obesity Research (CCOR) conducts interdisciplinary research that contributes to the evidence base needed to inform successful childhood obesity prevention programs that can then be disseminated to public health and clinical practice audiences.

Mentor: Jennifer Savage Williams

varies depending on research projects January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Chemical Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions

Our research goal is to understand the chemical ecology of plant interactions with insects and other organisms to facilitate the development of ecologically sound, environmentally safe, biologically based methods of pest management for agriculture. Included in our area of interest are interactions between insect herbivores and their host plants, multitrophic interactions involving parasitoids and predators of the insect herbivores, and the role of other organisms, like bacteria and fungi in...

Mentor: James Tumlinson

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Child Health Study

The primary purpose of this study is to learn more about the different ways in which the environment and biology can affect a child’s health.  The information we learn will help us to understand more about children, adolescents and their families. We are looking at the ways in which boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 have different life experiences based on the different environments they live in and how these experiences shape child development.

Research assistant applicants...

Mentor: Cheri McConnell

4 per semester August 23, 2017 February 19, 2019
Chromosome Structure/DNA Damage Resistance

My laboratory is interested in the control of UV and DNA damage resistance pathways at the level of gene regulation in Saccharomyces cervisiae. The main focus of my research is the role of chromatin structure in regulating the expression of DNA damage inducible genes. A secondary interest in the regulation of UV resistance pathways at the post-transcriptional level.

Mentor: Joseph Reese

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Cognitive and Social Development Lab Research Assistant

Illustrative projects include (a) studying mother-child interactions in a lab setting as they play with blocks, read books, and do other activities (families are African-American, Mexican American, Dominican American, and Chinese-American); (b) studying the role of gesture and individual’s spatial skills in children’s understanding of spatially-complex science content, such as geology and astronomy; and (c) understanding children’s ideas about gender and the parent and peer influences on...

Mentor: Lynn Liben

January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018