Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Alzheimer's Disease Risk - ReMind Lab

The ReMind Lab is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to optimizing cognitive, functional, and psychological health throughout the aging process. We are studying the impact of memory changes on older adults' daily lives to better detect preclinical Alzheimer's disease symptoms. Please visit https://www.remindlab.org/ to learn more about us.

Mentor: Nikki Hill

2 August 13, 2019 August 14, 2019
Undergraduate Research Assistant Needed for Project on Transitions in Health and Close Relationships

Our lab is conducting a project which is designed to explore the connections between changes in health and close relationships as people age. We are currently enrolling participants, conducting interviews, delivering surveys, tracking participants and cleaning data. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and develop numerous skills relevant to complex longitudinal research. Undergraduate research assistants can receive course credits...

Mentor: Ruixue Zhaoyang

1 August 26, 2019 August 12, 2019
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting this semester. 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....

Mentor: Bryan Nichols

10 August 1, 2019 August 1, 2019
High Performance Engineering Design Teams

In this project, we are investigating how engineering design teams work, with a particular focus on the key factors that lead to high performance. As part of our investigation, we study the interaction behaviors of engineers (what they do, the approaches they take), their cognitive characteristics (who they are, what they know), and the design outcomes of the engineering team (what they create). This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the design process, design cognition, product...

Mentor: Kathryn Jablokow

3+ January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Microscopy Technology in Biological Research

The Microscopy Center in Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is a multi-user shared technology facility where a variety of microscopy technique is used to study structures and morphology of cells, tissues, organs, animals and plants. We are looking for a student from bioengineering, biotechnology, or biology to work in an area of optical microscopy, in particular fluorescence microscopy including high-end confocal and high resolution imaging, image process, 3-D analysis. Other tasks may...

Mentor: Greg Ning

1 August 28, 2018 July 30, 2019
Polyelectrolyte Solution Rheology

Polyelectrolytes find uses as thickeners for solution coating. DNA is also a polyelectrolyte. The molecular weight of all polyelectrolytes is hard to characterize and we try to develop methods to determine number-average molecular weight from careful measurements of the concentration dependence of solution rheology, coupled with X-ray scattering.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 August 30, 2018 July 30, 2019
Ionic Conductivity and Mechanical Properties of Ion Gels

Usually there is an inverse correlation of conductivity and modulus; As modulus is increased conductivity decreases. Recently, a new class of ion gels was discovered by mixing ionic liquids with a rigid polyelectrolyte that still have such a correlation, but at much higher levels of both conductivity and modulus. Hence, GPa modulus with reasonable conductivity is possible with ion gels and that makes them a unique class of materials with many potential applications. We try to understand...

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 August 30, 2018 July 30, 2019
Molecular simulations of polymers and complex fluids

Our research is focused on microscopic, physical understanding of the unique material properties of polymers and complex fluids. The hallmarks of these "soft" systems are:

  • interplay between entropic fluctuations and energetic tendency to order;
  • exquisite sensitivity of structure to imposed fields, including deformation and flow.

These features of soft systems afford unique opportunities for design of material properties, but also pose theoretical challenges....

Mentor: Scott Milner

1 to 2 August 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Family Foundations

OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN VALUABLE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE – FALL SEMESTER 2019

The Family Foundations project is seeking perceptive undergraduates to help code videotaped family interactions with parents and their children.

Coders will

  • Receive training in coding parent-child interactions.
  • Make a commitment of a minimum of 9 hours per week, and for 2 semesters (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020).
  • Code cases on a flexible basis that fits your schedule.
  • ...

    Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

6 March 18, 2019 July 30, 2019
Behavior, Mechanisms, and the Brain

Research in the LaDage lab concerns the relationship between the brain and behavior, specifically focusing on the evolution of spatially-based behaviors and the hippocampus, an area of the brain heavily involved in learning and memory. Typically, we use non-model species (lizards, in particular) to incorporate ecological relevance into this relationship.

Mentor: Lara LaDage

Please contact Dr. LaDage for availability (LDL18@psu.edu) August 1, 2018 July 30, 2019