Research Opportunities Database

Search to find Penn State faculty members looking to fill open undergraduate researcher positions.
Note: This is not an exhaustive database. Undergraduates looking for positions should also consult with their academic unit websites.

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Frost Museum: Collections care and development

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for three large, historical collections of arthropods from around the world. One of the these collections is dedicated to educating students about the diversity of arthropod form - i.e., their colors, shapes, and sizes - and how to recognize different kinds of arthropods. For example, how does a beetle differ from a lacewing or a fly? This collection is accessed frequently and needs constant curation and new specimens.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 22, 2019 November 22, 2019
Frost Museum: Digitizing parasitic arthropods

The Frost Entomological Museum holds one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of sucking lice (Anoplura), comprising >15,000 specimens and more than 300 species. These blood-feeding ectoparasites were collected from a diversity of mammals, including walruses, crabeater seals, aardvarks, elephants, rodents, humans, and other primates. The museum also has sizable collections of other parasitic arthropods, including chewing lice, mosquitoes, black flies, fleas, and ticks.

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Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Frost Museum: Freshwater entomology

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for a large collection of freshwater invertebrates, including mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and many aquatic flies. This collection is currently being digitized and rehoused in new storage containers. There are opportunities during this process for students to "get their feet wet" in museum science and to help museum staff document the full diversity of aquatics insects represented in this collection. New specimens will be collected during some...

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Frost Museum: Spiders of Pennsylvania

The Frost Entomological Museum has a large, historical collection of spiders, primarily from Pennsylvania. These spiders were collected as long ago as 1880 and collectively represent hundreds of species. Museum staff are currently cataloging this collection, documenting diversity, and upgrading the storage containers. This collection would provide the materials necessary for an enthusiastic undergraduate researcher to investigate spider diversity in Pennsylvania, both past and present.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Using toad diets to understand arthropod declines

Toads (Bufonidae) are voracious and almost indiscriminate consumers of insects and other arthropods. Recent high-profile studies have revealed extraordinary and alarming declines in the diversity and total biomass of arthropods. Can we detect signatures of these declines in the guts of toads by studying changes in prey items through time? There is an urgent need to understand how widespread these declines are and if multiple trophic levels are affected. We are using historic data collected...

Mentor: Andrew Deans

3 January 29, 2019 July 30, 2019