Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Foodborne pathogen genomics

Every year an estimated 48 million people gets sick from foodborne disease in the U.S., and 23,000 die due to antimicrobial resistant infections. The research in our lab is focused on integrating genomics and metagenomics with phenotypic experiments to study the:
(i) mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens;
(ii) transmission of foodborne pathogens in the food supply chain;
(ii) differences in pathogens’ virulence potential.

Undergraduates with...

Mentor: Jasna Kovac

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Investigating the Ecology of Mange on Black Bear in Pennsylvania

The Veterinary Entomology Laboratory at Penn State University is seeking motivated undergraduate students interested in vector ecology or wildlife biology student to work as part of a team on a study of arthropod pests of black bear in Pennsylvania. The summer of 2018 students can participate in black bear trapping and sample collection. The Fall 2018 is hunter harvest collections, Winter of 2019 is Den surveys. This is a project under a graduate in the VEL lab that will be conducting both...

Mentor: Erika Machtinger

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Promoting Healthy Development/Recipe for Success

The Edna Bennett Prevention Research Center is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to assist with the Recipe 4 Success project. The project examines the impact of lessons regarding healthy eating, sleeping patterns, and self-control skills on toddler development in Early Head Start families.

Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

3 August 20, 2018 October 29, 2018
Moistue Damage of Asphalt Concrete

Damage to asphalt pavements due to water intrusion and aggregate stripping is a still a problem that needs attention and research. The research will identify lab test procedures that will be suitable to identify quality of asphalt concrete in its resistance against moisture damage.

Mentor: Mansour Solaimanian

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Data entry and analysis from Grand Teton National Park Visitor Use Study

Selected students will have the opportunity to help with data entry and analyses from park-based visitor use management projects. The focus of this experience will be working on social science data from Grand Teton National Park.

Mentor: Derrick Taff

3 September 4, 2018 October 29, 2018
Gene Regulation and Cancer Enzymes

Our laboratory is interested in how genes are turned off or on since such regulation is altered in cancer cells. Our goal is to determine how gene regulation complexes work using both biochemical and structural biology approaches. A focus of the lab is to determine the three-dimensional structure of epigenetic and chromatin complexes by X-ray crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy. Current undergraduate projects include (a) coexpression of protein complexes in E. coli and insect cells...

Mentor: Song Tan

4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018