Research Opportunities Database

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College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI)

During this 15-week program, Penn State undergraduate engineering students work during an academic semester conducting research with a faculty member based at University Park. Students dedicate 10 hours per week to their research project with a PSU faculty member and that faculty member's associated research group. Students also engage in monthly professional development sessions to compliment their personal and professional portfolios. Upon completion of the program, students submit a...

Mentor: Erin Hostetler

70 per year May 18, 2018 November 14, 2018
Combatting "superbugs" by reducing unnecessary antibiotic use

Assist with data collection and analysis for studies of doctor-patient interaction and antibiotic stewardship interventions at University Health Service. 6-15 hours/week, credit or paid work both available.

Mentor: Erina MacGeorge

6 August 16, 2018 October 29, 2018
Computational Astrophysics

I mainly study massive star winds that are driven by radiation. However, it involves significant amount of numerical computation, visualization and analysis of data. However, I am seeking student involvements in a wide range of other topics that require numerical computations/computer modeling. For example, supernovae, accretion disks, solar winds, planetary magnetospheres (like Jupiter) etc. I have experience with a number of different astrophysical numerical codes such as Zeus-MP, FLASH,...

Mentor: Asif ud-Doula

1-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Computational biology for understanding gene regulation

New experimental approaches based on DNA sequencing are allowing us to see where various gene regulatory processes are happening along the genome. However, these experiments produce vast amounts of data, and so turning them into an understanding of the regulatory circuitry controlling cells remains a huge challenge. The Mahony lab aims to meet this challenge by developing machine learning algorithms for detecting patterns in large regulatory genomics datasets. In particular, we focus on...

Mentor: Shaun Mahony

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Computational Tools for Real-Time Science

We are bringing online a new behavioral science lab applying technological solutions to answer questions in the behavioral sciences. I'm interested in students with programming skills who are interested in building and applying tools for face- and gesture-tracking, computer-generated avatars, virtual reality, wearable technology (like Fitbits and Pebble watches) to try to understand the way people act in everyday life, and to intervene to help them be better.

Mentor: Timothy Brick

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Consumer interest in organic, GMO and related foods; Food marketing channels; Food advertising strategy and regulations

1. data analysis and fieldwork on consumer perceptions of non-traditional foods
2. analysis of interviews, conceptual model development of agricultural cooperatives formation in Mexico
3. literature and policy analysis regarding food production, trade, advertising, and labeling, in the United States, Europe and Latin America

Mentor: Julie Stanton

unset number January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Context and Development Lab (CDL) – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Description of Research: Research interests in the lab involve understanding how context shapes adolescents' development and how race, ethnicity, and other cultural attributes interact with contextual characteristics to influence adolescent outcomes. Past projects in the lab (FAN-C: Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context; PLACES/LUGARES) have explored the roles of different contexts such as residential neighborhood, school, family, etc. on African...

Mentor: Dawn Witherspoon

10 July 16, 2018 October 29, 2018
CurtisLab, Engineering & Life Sciences

CurtisLab of the Department of Chemical Engineering has a diverse array of ongoing projects that are generally quite applied and focus on realizing low-cost mechanisms to scale-up processes. A key benefit of CurtisLab is its highly interdisciplinary nature, which enables vicarious learning and a holistic approach to problem-solving and research. The processes are varied and range in focus across disciplines including:

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Data entry and analysis from Grand Teton National Park Visitor Use Study

Selected students will have the opportunity to help with data entry and analyses from park-based visitor use management projects. The focus of this experience will be working on social science data from Grand Teton National Park.

Mentor: Derrick Taff

3 September 4, 2018 October 29, 2018
Deep Learning

Recurrent deep learning methods are changing what we can do in artificial intelligence. We are exploring problems in text, coding, and sequence understanding.

Mentor: C Lee Giles

TBD January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018