Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
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
Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab

Welcome to the Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab!

Dr. Tornello has three major research interests: Family, sexual orientation, and gender. The majority her work has focused on the role of family composition and parental gender in the family system (children's development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning). How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition...

Mentor: Samantha Tornello

Multiple November 8, 2018 November 9, 2018
Knitted Light: Manufacture of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands

The Knitted Light: Manufacture of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands project is to design a 1: 1 scaled prototype for a solar photovoltaic [PV] fiber tension shade using polymer fiber optic strands and organic solar PV strands to understand what the problems and potential for PV fibers in fabrics. This summer the team will be producing it's own organic solar photovoltaic strands to use in manufacturing the textile for the tension structure. ...

Mentor: Felecia Davis

2 January 7, 2019 November 8, 2018
Solvent Effects on Chemical Reaction

Our work involves the use of spectroscopy and computer simulation to study the ways in which solvents influence solute electronic structure and chemical reaction. Projects include UV/visible and fluorescence spectroscopy, ultrafast laser experiments, NMR spectroscopy, and computer simulations of molecules undergoing charge-transfer and other types of reactions in conventional organic solvents and ionic liquids.

Mentor: Mark Maroncelli

1 - 2 January 1, 2018 October 30, 2018
Intersections of Violence and Health

Dr. Anderson is new to the Penn State UP campus and looking to find bright, motivated, and passionate students to join her work examining the intersection of health and violence. Dr. Anderson's work has focused primarily on the impacts of intimate partner violence and sexual violence on health, health care and community based intervention to prevent and respond to violence, and the intersections of violence, substance use, and mental health concerns.

Specific current projects include...

Mentor: Jocelyn Anderson

multiple October 16, 2018 October 30, 2018
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
Root Trait Discovery for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Apply novel field, greenhouse, and imaging techniques and methods to understand how root anatomy and architecture affects crop growth under drought and low fertility soils. Students will have opportunities to gain experience in laser ablation imaging of root tissues, image analysis, measuring and processing biological samples, and more! Laboratory and/or biology experience is helpful but not necessary.

Roots of the Second Green Revolution

Work with us in the...

Mentor: Jonathan Lynch

1-5 January 24, 2018 October 30, 2018
Refactoring CiteSeerX: building a portable database free search engine

We refactor CiteSeerX to make it easier to deploy by keeping all information on the search platform. We also redesign the ingestion code to increase the throughput by a factor of 5.

Mentor: C Lee Giles

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Witherspoon, Context and Development Lab

Research interests in the Context and Development 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 neighborhoods, activities spaces, schools, and families on African American and...

Mentor: Dawn Witherspoon

Multiple January 16, 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