Research Opportunities Database

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...

2-3 August 21, 2019 March 17, 2020
Undergraduate Research Assistant - Safe and Healthy 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.

This study is affiliated with the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network.

4-5 September 30, 2019 March 17, 2020
Research Assistant

The Parent Regulation, Engagement, Stress, and Health (PRESH) Study is investigating parent stress, parental discipline, and regulatory processes in parents and children, with the goal of better supporting overburdened parents. We are seeking Research Assistants for our Harrisburg, PA satellite research office to support data collection on this large 5-year study of families with 2-3 year-olds. Penn State University Park and Penn State Harrisburg students are welcome to apply.


2-3 February 20, 2020 March 17, 2020
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...

4 per semester October 1, 2019 March 17, 2020
Development, Risk & Resilience Lab

Dr. Rina D. Eiden's Development, Risk & Resilience Lab focuses on trying to understand when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories among families who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues (e.g., mental health symptoms; caregiving unpredictability). We are interested in how prenatal and early adversities shape the development of children's self-regulation; how these associations may be mediated or...

2-4 March 13, 2020 March 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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

10 January 30, 2020 January 30, 2020