Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

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Title Description Research Area(s) Position Type(s) Work Setting(s) Updated Date Posting Date
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant -- Mapping the Student Engagement Journey

The Student Engagement Coordinator seeks two undergraduate students to assist with a large, multi-year research project around student engagement. Mapping the student engagement journey (https://mappingstudentengagement.com/) is a research project funded through the Student Engagement Network and will explore how Penn State undergraduate students discover, choose, and experience these opportunities. The student research assistants will help conduct in-depth interviews, code data, have the opportunity for presentation and publication at a local and national level, and will have the ability to design and lead their own research project around student...

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Paid
Remote
September 15, 2020 September 10, 2020
Research Experience for Seniors (REFS) Internship Senior Vice President for Research, Lora Weiss, in a letter to faculty on July 10th, 2020, emphasized the involvement of students intending to graduate by summer 2021 in integrated undergraduate/graduate research at Penn State. To respond, we have added a senior research experience program that will begin late fall 2020 and will run through the spring 2021 semester. This one-time program specifically targets rising seniors in need of research experience who may not have had the opportunity previously due to COVID shutdowns. For more details, visit https://sites.psu.edu/wisermurefurp/refs/.

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Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Paid
On campus, Remote, Variable
September 15, 2020 September 3, 2020
First-year Undergraduate Research Program (FURP) Internship

The PA Space Grant Research Internship Program is an exciting annual research focused program for students attending Penn State - University Park supported by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. FURP is open to all first-year students interested in research. In summary, the internship is available to first-year students who are U.S. citizens planning to pursue a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related field. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities or hardship are encouraged to apply.

The program offers students a two-semester (spring and fall...

Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Paid
On campus, Remote, Variable
September 15, 2020 September 3, 2020
Minority Undergraduate Research Experience (MURE) Internship

The PA Space Grant Research Internship Program is an exciting annual research focused program for students attending Penn State - University Park supported by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. MURE supports underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing research on campus that are in their first-year, sophomore, or junior years. Minority students are defined as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander. Students of Asian descent are not considered minority students by NASA.

The program offers students a two-semester (spring and fall semesters of one calendar year) faculty...

Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Paid
On campus, Remote, Variable
September 15, 2020 September 3, 2020
Women In STEM and Engineering Research (WISER) Internship

The PA Space Grant Research Internship Program is an exciting annual research focused program for students attending Penn State - University Park supported by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. WISER is Open to all first-year students but focuses on supporting outstanding women interested in pursuing research on campus.

The program offers first-year students a two-semester (spring and fall semesters of one calendar year) faculty-mentored internship in a research laboratory at Penn State-UP. During the internship experience, students have the opportunity to collaborate with a research team, learn the...

Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Paid
On campus, Remote, Variable
September 15, 2020 September 3, 2020
The Role of Cognitive and Mathematical Structures in Problem Solving Process

Our research group is interested in studying the cognitive role of mathematical aesthetics and strategic choices of problem solving solution methods and the relational role of item discrimination and difficulty. We examine how problem solvers’ behavior might be affected or altered by elementary modifications of problem structures.

Education, Mathematics, Statistics
Paid, Volunteer, Work Study
On campus, Remote, Variable
September 3, 2020 August 24, 2020
Behavior, Ecology, 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.

Life Sciences
Variable
On campus
September 1, 2020 August 25, 2020
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 assessment, and research methods in general! Because this project is a collaboration between Penn State and Stanford University, you will also have the opportunity to meet engineering students and researchers from across the country. You will work with an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary, multi-...

Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Variable, Volunteer
Variable
August 31, 2020 August 26, 2020
Design of scientific illustrations

If you are an art or design student and you would like to practice your skills, you could help us design and refine scientific illustrations for publications, presenations and websites. We work on different topics in biology (evolution, ecology, genetics, cell biology). We would work together to understand the content and the essential elements of the project, and you would then be free to choose the design. You are free to decide how much time you want to commit, from a quick redesign of existing figures, to a comprehensive, long-term plan for a new project. This is initially an unpaid internship, not for credits, but it could eventually lead to a short-term project-based paid position.

Volunteer
August 31, 2020 June 5, 2020
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 (3 credits) for 6 to 9 hours per week of work. Please contact us for more information: rzz12@psu.edu.

Credit
August 31, 2020 August 26, 2019