Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Frost Museum: Freshwater entomology

The Frost Entomological Museum cares for a large collection of freshwater invertebrates, including mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and many aquatic flies. This collection is currently being digitized and rehoused in new storage containers. There are opportunities during this process for students to "get their feet wet" in museum science and to help museum staff document the full diversity of aquatics insects represented in this collection. New specimens will be collected during some...

Mentor: Andrew Deans

2 November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019
Ecology and evolution of leaf autumn colors

We are looking for assitance in collecting leaves from the Penn State Arboretum in order to test a hypothesis on the evolution of autumn leaf colors. We will collect leaves from as many species as possible and measure their nitrogen content, in October-November and then again in spring 2020. The project is not very demanding and requires only following a simple procedure to collect leaves and deliver them to the lab that does the analysis.

Mentor: Marco Archetti

unlimited September 25, 2019 November 13, 2019
Human Language Technologies Lab

Natural language is integral to how we communicate, synthesize, and store information. My lab focuses on solving problems to enable computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of natural language text. We apply methods from natural language processing (NLP) to a variety of domains, including digital privacy, online social networks, web science, and digital libraries. For more information, visit

Mentor: Shomir Wilson

1 September 30, 2019 October 8, 2019
Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Solve Societally Relevant Problems

Me and my research group are solving real-world societally relevant problems using techniques from AI, Machine Learning and Game Theory. Some example projects that we work on are as follows:

  1. Harnessing AI and Social Networks to Prevent Spread of HIV among Homeless Youth
  2. Machine Learning and Optimization to Mitigate Drug Abuse among Homeless Youth
  3. AI for Suicide Prevention among College Students
  4. AI Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Children with...

    Mentor: Amulya Yadav

5 October 2, 2019 October 8, 2019
Multi-disciplinary design and analysis of high-speed aircraft

The research activities in the APUS Lab ( are motivated by the desire to expand the last frontier of aerospace engineering, represented by hypersonic vehicles and high-speed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The development of these advanced aerospace systems has been constrained by their inherent complex multi-physics nature and the adverse uncertain working environment. While there are relatively mature solutions for each single disciplinary involved in multi-...

Mentor: Daning Huang

3 September 10, 2019 September 10, 2019
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Dr. Tanya Renner and members of her laboratory explore evolutionary patterns and processes that drive functional diversification. We are particularly interested in how multi-species interactions (plant-insect and insect-predator) shape diversity on a genome-wide scale and influence form and function. Our research combines applied molecular biology with next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. We use plants and insects as models to study adaptation and current projects...

Mentor: Tanya Renner

2-3 June 21, 2018 September 3, 2019
Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab

The Cognitive Aging & Neuroimaging (CAN) Lab, in the Department of Psychology at Penn State, examines the effects of aging on episodic memory using both behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods. Regarding neuroimaging, we specifically utilize univariate, multivariate (pattern classification, representational similarity analyses), functional connectivity, and structural analytical approaches in our investigation of encoding and retrieval processes underlying memory performance. An...

Mentor: Nancy Dennis

2-3 August 29, 2019 August 29, 2019
Family and Adolescent Mental Health - Research Assistants

We at the SAFE lab study how parents and adolescents can work together to improve adolescent health, especially in the face of stress that are unavoidable in daily life. We are working on two projects that examine how parents and teens navigate the ups and downs of daily life together.

Mentor: Sunny Bai

2 August 21, 2019 August 23, 2019
Game-Based Learning Research

This NSF-funded project includes the design and development of an immersive educational game. The work is being conducted by multi-discilinary teams. The project is in need of someone with sound programming HTML5, javascript, and REACT skills. The candidate should also have effective communication skills and be able to successfully work with a diverse team. Candidates must be able to work at least 10 hours per week for the academic year. There is opportunity for wages or indendent study...

Mentor: Rayne Sperling

2 August 22, 2019 August 23, 2019
Combatting "superbugs" by reducing unnecessary antibiotic use

Assist with data collection for research studies connected with the Student Health Center (University Health Service). Study topics include antibiotic stewardship, flu, the microbiome, and more. 10-15 hours/week, credit or paid work ($12/hr.) both available.

Assist with data collection and analysis for studies of doctor-patient interaction and antibiotic stewardship interventions at University Health Service. 6-15 hours/week, credit or paid work both available.

Mentor: Erina MacGeorge

6 August 16, 2019 August 16, 2019