Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Molecular Mechanisms of Memory

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated undergraduates interested in neuroscience to get involved with our research on the molecular mechanisms underlying memory formation and age-related memory impairments. We use a combination of behavioral techniques (memory tasks), molecular assays (qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence), microscopy, cloning, and data analysis to understand how memories are made and why they are impaired in aging individuals. Undergraduate researchers will help...

Mentor: Janine Kwapis

2-4 January 4, 2019 January 18, 2019
Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) Based on Chromium Quadruply Bonded Oxalates

Our research interests involve the preparation of metal organic framework (MOF) type materials based on metal oxalate compounds having the empirical formula MC2O4, where M = Cr2+ and Mo2+ ions. Metal-metal bonded ions of a number of transition metals (Cr, Mo, W, Re, Rh, and Cu) are know to form an extensive series of diamagnetic compounds having strong metal-metal bonding interactions. It is now well accepted that these interactions represent...

Mentor: William Van Der Sluys

1 January 14, 2019 January 18, 2019
Engineering Leadership Development

Engineering Leadership Program seeks a passionate research assistant with excellent attention to detail to join our research team to support rigorous research and program evaluation. We are investigating on the engineering undergraduate students' leadership attributes such as self-awareness, global-view, ethical-awareness, creativity and teamwork skills, and their leadership competency. In addition, we are working on the case study project of Big 10 universities' engineering education...

Mentor: Jongho Park

2 August 1, 2018 January 14, 2019
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting in January. 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. Please...

Mentor: Bryan Nichols

10 December 6, 2018 December 6, 2018
College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI)

During this 15-week program, Penn State undergraduate engineering students work during an academic semester conducting research with a faculty member based at University Park. Students dedicate 10 hours per week to their research project with a PSU faculty member and that faculty member's associated research group. Students also engage in monthly professional development sessions to compliment their personal and professional portfolios. Upon completion of the program, students submit a...

Mentor: Erin Hostetler

70 per year May 18, 2018 November 14, 2018
Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab

Welcome to the Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab!

Dr. Tornello has three major research interests: Family, sexual orientation, and gender. The majority her work has focused on the role of family composition and parental gender in the family system (children's development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning). How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition...

Mentor: Samantha Tornello

Multiple November 8, 2018 November 9, 2018
Knitted Light: Manufacture of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands

The Knitted Light: Manufacture of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands project is to design a 1: 1 scaled prototype for a solar photovoltaic [PV] fiber tension shade using polymer fiber optic strands and organic solar PV strands to understand what the problems and potential for PV fibers in fabrics. This summer the team will be producing it's own organic solar photovoltaic strands to use in manufacturing the textile for the tension structure. ...

Mentor: Felecia Davis

2 January 7, 2019 November 8, 2018
Solvent Effects on Chemical Reaction

Our work involves the use of spectroscopy and computer simulation to study the ways in which solvents influence solute electronic structure and chemical reaction. Projects include UV/visible and fluorescence spectroscopy, ultrafast laser experiments, NMR spectroscopy, and computer simulations of molecules undergoing charge-transfer and other types of reactions in conventional organic solvents and ionic liquids.

Mentor: Mark Maroncelli

1 - 2 January 1, 2018 October 30, 2018
Intersections of Violence and Health

Dr. Anderson is new to the Penn State UP campus and looking to find bright, motivated, and passionate students to join her work examining the intersection of health and violence. Dr. Anderson's work has focused primarily on the impacts of intimate partner violence and sexual violence on health, health care and community based intervention to prevent and respond to violence, and the intersections of violence, substance use, and mental health concerns.

Specific current projects include...

Mentor: Jocelyn Anderson

multiple October 16, 2018 October 30, 2018
3-D Printer Based Quadcopter

Design and build 3D-printer based quadcopters with image processing capability.

Mentor: Asad Azemi

3 January 18, 2018 October 30, 2018