Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Desgining and buliding an open source telescope

This project is focused on building an Ultrascope Explorer (an open source telescope) using 3D printing and laser cutting technologies, extending its capabilities by adding new features and ultimately designing and building a different size (bigger) telescope with remote access and control capabilities. This is a unique multidisciplinary research project that includes collaboration between faculty from engineering, IST, Physics (astronomy), and a group of engineering students. The research...

Mentor: Asad Azemi

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018

The Rovniak Lab (State College Location with Dr. Andris Freivalds), is now recruiting an undergraduate research assistant with a psychology or health-related background for Spring 2017. The lab focuses on researching physical activity and health behavior change, with the current project based in State College. The current project is investigating the feasibility of accomplishing simultaneous bicycling and office work. The student will be responsible for helping with running the experiments...

Mentor: Liza Rovniak

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Develop an Apparatus to Mechanically Test Biological Tissues

We will develop an apparatus to test the mechanical properties of soft tissues at high rates of loading. We will design and then eventually build the device.

Mentor: Reuben Kraft

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Development of Gender and Racial Stereotyping, Consequences of Stereotyping, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (especially Spatial Tasks), Computers in Education

I am a social and developmental psychologist who specializes in the study of gender and other aspects of social cognition and the development of stereotyping. My studies have involved children, adolescents, and adults. Students who participate in my research projects are usually introduced to several aspects of research. First, the students participate in the development of research materials and pilot testing of procedures. One semester's group, for example, worked with me to select...

Mentor: Margaret L. Signorella

1 - 5 per year October 21, 2018 October 29, 2018
Ecology of mosquitoes in woodland settings as related to West Nile virus transmission in ruffed grouse

The Veterinary Entomology Laboratory is looking for undergraduate research students interested in zoonotic disease transmission. Ruffed grouse populations in Pennsylvania are susceptible to West Nile virus, but little of the ecology of the mosquito and habitat is known. The student would be assisting in data collection and able to develop their own project in relation to woodland habitats and mosquito transmission of West Nile virus. For more information on VEL, please visit...

Mentor: Erika Machtinger

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions

We are interested in interactions between plants and plant-feeding insects. Plants may be rooted to the ground, but they are far from helpless victims and use a remarkable array of tactics to defend themselves from insects and other attackers. We study different aspects of plant-insect interactions, using a combination of laboratory and field work with both agriculturally important crop plants and native plant species. We are interested in the defensive pathways triggered by different...

Mentor: John Tooker

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Engineering Leadership Development

Engineering Leadership Program seeks a passionate research assistant with excellent attention to detail to join our research team to support rigorous research and program evaluation. We are investigating on the engineering undergraduate students' leadership attributes such as self-awareness, global-view, ethical-awareness, creativity and teamwork skills, and their leadership competency. In addition, we are working on the case study project of Big 10 universities' engineering education...

Mentor: Jongho Park

2 August 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Environmental monitoring through digital photography

This independent study is a long-term citizen science “Picture Post” to take regular panoramic photos at
four places on campus to document environmental changes taking place due to construction and other campus uses over time. This environmental baseline of images will serve as the foundation for continuous monitoring of our campus environment and as a foundation for undergraduate research projects for years to come. This Picture Post project was also specifically mentioned in the...

Mentor: Laura Guertin

1-2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Environmental stress and how children and families adapt to it

Our work in this lab focuses on environmental stress and how children and families adapt to it. We are particularly interested in discovering sources of resiliency in children and their families and using this information to build programs to strengthen children and families who face stress. We focus on coping, self-regulation, and family support in our basic and applied research studies. Students can receive independent study credit (generally, one hour of credit is given for every three...

Mentor: Martha Wadsworth

6 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Epigenetic studies in plants

assisting theoretical biologists in Mackenzie Lab with genome data and epigenomic modeling. Projects integrate phenotype data, gene expression data, and epigenetic data to identify gene networks underlying plant memory.

Mentor: Sally Mackenzie

2-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018