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
Computational and Mathematical Biology

Mathematical models and simulations of biological processes help understand the logic of phenomena that are impossible to observe in the lab or in nature (for example over evolutionary time) and help us make predictions that can then be tested in the lab or in natural systems. We use models in two main fields: (1) Population Genetics and (2) Evolutionary Game Theory. We study a variety of topics including the evolution of DNA sequences, the evolution of cooperation, cancer dynamics,...

Mentor: Marco Archetti

unlimited September 26, 2019 October 8, 2019
Evolutionary dynamics of cancer

Cancer cells compete for space and resource, but also cooperate by producing diffusible molecules like growth factors, and this cooperation often enables tumors to be resistant against drugs. We study cooperation among cancer cells, the evolution of resistance to therapies, and how to overcome it, using a combination of theoretical and empirical methods. Our main goal is to develop a new type of cell therapy by impairing cooperation among cancer cells. We do this by genetically engineering...

Mentor: Marco Archetti

A few, but depending on a precise schedule September 26, 2019 October 8, 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
Human Language Technologies Lab

Natural language is integral to how we communicate, synthesize, and store information. My lab focuses on solving problems to enable computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of natural language text. We apply methods from natural language processing (NLP) to a variety of domains, including digital privacy, online social networks, web science, and digital libraries. For more information, visit

Mentor: Shomir Wilson

1 September 30, 2019 October 8, 2019
Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Solve Societally Relevant Problems

Me and my research group are solving real-world societally relevant problems using techniques from AI, Machine Learning and Game Theory. Some example projects that we work on are as follows:

  1. Harnessing AI and Social Networks to Prevent Spread of HIV among Homeless Youth
  2. Machine Learning and Optimization to Mitigate Drug Abuse among Homeless Youth
  3. AI for Suicide Prevention among College Students
  4. AI Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Children with...

    Mentor: Amulya Yadav

5 October 2, 2019 October 8, 2019
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 September 30, 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: Jennie Noll

4 per semester August 23, 2017 September 30, 2019
Undergraduate research in the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory

I am seeking motivated undergraduate students to join research projects on human-computer dialogue systems, visual analytics, geographical information retrieval, Robotic 3D mapping, and social media analysis. These activities are hosted by the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory at the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Please contact me at "gxc26 at psu dot edu" for details.

Mentor: Guoray Cai

4 September 27, 2019 September 27, 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 September 26, 2019
Multi-disciplinary design and analysis of high-speed aircraft

The research activities in the APUS Lab ( are motivated by the desire to expand the last frontier of aerospace engineering, represented by hypersonic vehicles and high-speed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The development of these advanced aerospace systems has been constrained by their inherent complex multi-physics nature and the adverse uncertain working environment. While there are relatively mature solutions for each single disciplinary involved in multi-...

Mentor: Daning Huang

3 September 10, 2019 September 10, 2019