Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Parent-Child Dynamics Lab

In Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer's Parent-Child Dynamics Lab, we study the ways that parenting and parent-child interaction patterns influence child development. We use dynamic time series analysis to examine how parents and children coordinate their emotions, behaviors, and physiology, and how this coordination is related to the development of children's self-regulation and behavior problems in school. We also examine how parent-child interaction patterns relate to resilience and risk in the...

Mentor: Cheri McConnell

2-3 August 21, 2019 August 22, 2019
Combatting "superbugs" by reducing unnecessary antibiotic use

Assist with data collection for research studies connected with the Student Health Center (University Health Service). Study topics include antibiotic stewardship, flu, the microbiome, and more. 10-15 hours/week, credit or paid work ($12/hr.) both available.

Assist with data collection and analysis for studies of doctor-patient interaction and antibiotic stewardship interventions at University Health Service. 6-15 hours/week, credit or paid work both available.

Mentor: Erina MacGeorge

6 August 16, 2019 August 16, 2019
Alzheimer's Disease Risk - ReMind Lab

The ReMind Lab is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to optimizing cognitive, functional, and psychological health throughout the aging process. We are studying the impact of memory changes on older adults' daily lives to better detect preclinical Alzheimer's disease symptoms. Please visit to learn more about us.

Mentor: Nikki Hill

2 August 13, 2019 August 14, 2019
Undergraduate Research Assistant Needed for Project on Transitions in Health and Close Relationships

Our lab is conducting a project which is designed to explore the connections between changes in health and close relationships as people age. We are currently enrolling participants, conducting interviews, delivering surveys, tracking participants and cleaning data. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and develop numerous skills relevant to complex longitudinal research. Undergraduate research assistants can receive course credits...

Mentor: Ruixue Zhaoyang

1 August 26, 2019 August 12, 2019
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant: Mapping the Student Engagement Journey

The Student Engagement Librarian seeks an undergraduate student to assist with a large research project around student engagement. Mapping the student engagement journey is a research project funded through the Student Engagement Network and will explore how undergraduate students at University Park discover, choose, and experience these opportunities. The Student Research Assistant will help conduct in-depth...

Mentor: Hailley Fargo

1 August 7, 2019 August 8, 2019
Developing Data-driven Computational Design Tools for Early Building Design

In early building design, it is increasingly possible for architects and engineers to consider many different possibilities using computational modeling software. A common approach for this task is called parametric design, in which designers model geometry flexibly, such that it can be modified and controlled through variables (sometimes called parameters). To help make design choices, the performance (in terms of structural efficiency, energy usage, daylight, etc.) of these options is...

Mentor: Nathan Brown

2 July 26, 2019 August 6, 2019
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting this semester. This space is intended for undergraduates or graduates from any major on campus to explore music/brain/psychology topics but we especially welcome research questions related to pitch processing and psycho-motor activity. Students from Acoustics, Psychology, Neuroscience and all other majors are welcome, as well as students with any background coursework or experience in statistics....

Mentor: Bryan Nichols

10 August 1, 2019 August 1, 2019
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Dr. Tanya Renner and members of her laboratory explore evolutionary patterns and processes that drive functional diversification. We are particularly interested in how multi-species interactions (plant-insect and insect-predator) shape diversity on a genome-wide scale and influence form and function. Our research combines applied molecular biology with next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. We use plants and insects as models to study adaptation and current projects...

Mentor: Tanya Renner

2-3 June 21, 2018 July 30, 2019
High Performance Engineering Design Teams

In this project, we are investigating how engineering design teams work, with a particular focus on the key factors that lead to high performance. As part of our investigation, we study the interaction behaviors of engineers (what they do, the approaches they take), their cognitive characteristics (who they are, what they know), and the design outcomes of the engineering team (what they create). This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the design process, design cognition, product...

Mentor: Kathryn Jablokow

3+ January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Microscopy Technology in Biological Research

The Microscopy Center in Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is a multi-user shared technology facility where a variety of microscopy technique is used to study structures and morphology of cells, tissues, organs, animals and plants. We are looking for a student from bioengineering, biotechnology, or biology to work in an area of optical microscopy, in particular fluorescence microscopy including high-end confocal and high resolution imaging, image process, 3-D analysis. Other tasks may...

Mentor: Greg Ning

1 August 28, 2018 July 30, 2019