Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
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...

Mentor: Jenna Knepp

2-4 March 13, 2020 March 13, 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

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
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 in the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory

Motivated undergraduate students are encouraged to apply reearch positions at the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (E302 Westgate Building). Current onging research projects include

Human-computer dialogue systems: speech-gesture recognition (Kinect sensors), dialogue processing, discourse modeling, agent-based interactions

Visual analytics: information visualization; data...

Mentor: Guoray Cai

4 September 27, 2019 December 17, 2019
Frost Museum: Collections care and development

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for three large, historical collections of arthropods from around the world. One of the these collections is dedicated to educating students about the diversity of arthropod form - i.e., their colors, shapes, and sizes - and how to recognize different kinds of arthropods. For example, how does a beetle differ from a lacewing or a fly? This collection is accessed frequently and needs constant curation and new specimens.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 22, 2019 November 22, 2019
Frost Museum: Spiders of Pennsylvania

The Frost Entomological Museum has a large, historical collection of spiders, primarily from Pennsylvania. These spiders were collected as long ago as 1880 and collectively represent hundreds of species. Museum staff are currently cataloging this collection, documenting diversity, and upgrading the storage containers. This collection would provide the materials necessary for an enthusiastic undergraduate researcher to investigate spider diversity in Pennsylvania, both past and present.

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Frost Museum: Digitizing parasitic arthropods

The Frost Entomological Museum holds one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of sucking lice (Anoplura), comprising >15,000 specimens and more than 300 species. These blood-feeding ectoparasites were collected from a diversity of mammals, including walruses, crabeater seals, aardvarks, elephants, rodents, humans, and other primates. The museum also has sizable collections of other parasitic arthropods, including chewing lice, mosquitoes, black flies, fleas, and ticks.

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Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019