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
Undergraduate Research Assistant - Safe and Health Communities

The Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative is looking for detail-oriented undergraduates to assist in research related to an ongoing multicomponent statewide child sexual abuse prevention trial.

Mentor: Cheri McConnell

4-5 September 30, 2019 January 9, 2020
Data Visualization

This research will work in conjunction with multiple departments on campus, including Physics, Food Sciences, Biology, Entomology, and Mechanical Engineering. Recently, Jupyter Notebooks (an open-source, free software) popularized Interactive Web Notebooks to provide Data Scientists with the ability to connect written text, data, code, and visualizations. This integration allows for more complete and complex storylines for students compared to standard static text and graphics traditionally...

Mentor: Patrick Dudas

5 January 8, 2020 January 8, 2020
Undergraduate research in the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory

Motivated undergraduate students are encouraged to apply reearch positions at the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (E302 Westgate Building). Current onging research projects include

Human-computer dialogue systems: speech-gesture recognition (Kinect sensors), dialogue processing, discourse modeling, agent-based interactions

Visual analytics: information visualization; data...

Mentor: Guoray Cai

4 September 27, 2019 December 17, 2019
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: 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
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.


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
Ecology and evolution of leaf autumn colors

We are looking for assitance in collecting leaves from the Penn State Arboretum in order to test a hypothesis on the evolution of autumn leaf colors. We will collect leaves from as many species as possible and measure their nitrogen content, in October-November and then again in spring 2020. The project is not very demanding and requires only following a simple procedure to collect leaves and deliver them to the lab that does the analysis.

Mentor: Marco Archetti

unlimited September 25, 2019 November 13, 2019
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 October 1, 2019 October 24, 2019
Research opportunities in physics and astronomy and related fields, all levels

I hold a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and do computational research. I can offer a project related to my research, or discuss a project idea that you might have. Most of the projects I mentor involve some form of coding, but if there is something else you want to do that involves some math and physics, I will be happy to help you form a project and guide your research.

Mentor: Agnes Kim

3 October 2, 2019 October 8, 2019