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
Pollinator survey and identification

The Insect Identification Laboratory is seeking an interested student to survey and identify pollinators (details below). Idealy, the student will apply for and recieve an Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award (applications due 1 April 2020), which would cover summer salary; the award must be written and submitted by the student, but the PI can help guide the student through the...

Mentor: Michael Skvarla

1 February 13, 2020 February 13, 2020
Design of Compositionally Complex Alloys Using Low-Cost Metals for Marine Applications

Each year, billions of dollars are spent repairing oxidized or corroded structures due to exposure to seawater. To guarantee long-term reliability in marine environments, advanced alloys with high mechanical strength must be designed with increased corrosion resistance. We are investigating compositionally complex alloys (CCA), alloys with four or more elements and no "base element" for use in these applications.

Mentor: Hojong Kim

1 February 12, 2020 February 12, 2020
Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Liquid Metals in Molten Salts for Separation of Rare-Earth Metals

Uranium can be recycled from nuclear fuel and reused in nuclear reactors. However during the recycling process, rare-earth elements accumulate in the recycling system, and must be removed to minimize the generation of additional nuclear waste. We are investigating the use of liquid metal electrodes to remove these elements with greater efficiency than current methods.

Mentor: Hojong Kim

2 February 12, 2020 February 12, 2020
Development of a control-oriented thermal management testbed

The electrical power on board vehicles has increased dramatically in recent decades. This electrification has been accompanied by increased thermal loading due to inefficiencies in electrical components. This places extreme burden on the thermal management systems responsible for transferring, storing, and rejecting thermal energy to maintain safe efficient temperatures throughout a vehicle. This project will focus on constructing and instrumenting an experimental testbed representative of...

Mentor: Herschel Pangborn

1 February 8, 2020 February 10, 2020
Evolutionary Genetics, Behavior, and Conservation of Bees

Our lab team performs research on the ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior of bees, with a special focus on bumble bees. Projects in the lab are integrative and cover numerous facets of science, with recent undergraduates pursuing projects spanning topics such as molecular genetics, field ecology, behavior, chemical ecology, geography, thermal biology, pigment research, and toxicology, all as they relate to aspects of the evolution and health of these bees.

Currently we are...

Mentor: Heather Hines

2-3 February 11, 2020 February 6, 2020

IMPACT is an 8 week- summer immersive, mentored experience to enhance your research skills and develop strong pre-doctoral application materials that lead to admission to graduate school. IMPACT is open to undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have completed at least two years of college by June of the program year. Students must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents. Accepted students receive a stipend. Please visit...

Mentor: Lisa Kitko

10 January 30, 2020 January 30, 2020
Quality Talk Research Support

Join our Research Team at Quality Talk! Quality Talk has an opening for an hourly employee to work on our National Science Foundation-funded research project in the College of Education. The project is focused on Quality Talk, a classroom discussion model currently being implemented in elementary schools and teacher education settings. Responsibilities include coding, scoring, and analyzing video discourse data as well as scanning, scoring, and managing other aspects of assessments....

Mentor: Karen Murphy

1 January 27, 2020 January 28, 2020
Project on parenting and psychophysiology

The Child Brain Development lab is recruiting 1-2 undergraduate research assistants to help with a project focusing on parenting behaviors and related psychophysiological processes. RAs' main responsibility include observational ratings of parenting behaviors. Meanwhile, RAs will attend weekly meetings to discuss research articles and professional development topics, and also have opportunities to observe/participate in research projects and develop other research skills (e.g., analyzing...

Mentor: Xutong Zhang

1-2 January 21, 2020 January 22, 2020
Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic...

Mentor: Karen Murphy

undefined January 1, 2019 January 21, 2020
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