Research Opportunities Database
Search to find Penn State faculty members looking to fill open undergraduate researcher positions.
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|Title||Number of opportunities||Posted||Last Updated|
|MIDUS-National Study of Daily Experiences||
National Study of Daily Experiences (NSDE)is one of the in-depth studies that are part of the MacArthur Foundation National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS, http://www.midus.wisc.edu/). NSDE is the largest longitudinal diary study of daily experiences and health in the U.S. It's purpose is to investigate the role of behavioral, psychological, and social factors in...
Mentor: David Almeida
|2||May 7, 2019||May 7, 2019|
|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||May 6, 2019|
|Context and Development Lab (CDL) – Undergraduate Research Assistant||
Description of Research: Research interests in the 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 neighborhood, school, family, etc. on African...
Mentor: Dawn Witherspoon
|10||July 16, 2018||May 6, 2019|
|Sexual Health Promotion Among Youth||
Dr. Adebayo is an assistant professor who is passionate about improving the sexual health of youth through community-engaged research. She is seeking motivated and hardworking students who will join her research team and be involved in research initiatives and projects. Specifically, Dr. Adebayo's works revolve around sexual risk behaviors, access and use of sexual health promotion resources, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Some current projects/initiatives are:
|Multiple||April 8, 2019||April 9, 2019|
OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN VALUABLE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE – FALL SEMESTER 2019
The Family Foundations project is seeking perceptive undergraduates to help code videotaped family interactions with parents and their children.
Mentor: Michelle Hostetler
|6||March 18, 2019||March 18, 2019|
|Dynamics of Plant Cell Walls||
Research opportunities are available in the Anderson Lab to study the dynamics of plant cell walls, with applicability to the sustainable production of food and bioenergy from plants. Our group uses a combination of molecular genetics, microscopy, and biochemistry to study how plants assemble, modify, and degrade their cell walls.
Mentor: Charles Anderson
|2||March 12, 2019||March 12, 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||February 27, 2019|
|Ag Ed Curriculum Design and Assessment Assistants||
Students must enjoy working with plants, be familiar with basic biology, seek to improve in the areas of pedagogy, education,...
Mentor: Christina Call
|2||February 12, 2019||February 12, 2019|
|Using toad diets to understand arthropod declines||
Toads (Bufonidae) are voracious and almost indiscriminate consumers of insects and other arthropods. Recent high-profile studies have revealed extraordinary and alarming declines in the diversity and total biomass of arthropods. Can we detect signatures of these declines in the guts of toads by studying changes in prey items through time? There is an urgent need to understand how widespread these declines are and if multiple trophic levels are affected. We are using historic data collected...
Mentor: Andrew Deans
|3||January 29, 2019||January 29, 2019|
|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||January 25, 2019||January 25, 2019|