Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

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Title Description Research Area(s) Position Type(s) Work Setting(s) Updated Date Posting Date
Undergraduate research in the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory

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

Visual analytics: information visualization; data analytics; interactive dashboard design; analytical reasoning; Tools: Tableau, PyViz, GeoDA

Geographical information analysis and retrieval: Mapping and visualizing geographical data; cartographic models; GIS analysis; Georeferencing text documents

Speech-gesture recognition (using Microsoft Kinect sensors),

Robotic 3D mapping: construction of 3D model of large indoor environment using SLAM...

Information Technology and Computer Science
Credit, Paid, Volunteer
On campus, Remote
December 22, 2020 December 22, 2020
Rhetorical Criticism of Current Event or Popular Culture Texts

This opportunity will enable undergraduate students to conduct rhetorical criticism research on a rhetorical text of their choice, using a rhetorical or communication theory to discover/create meaning and examine messages within the text. Texts can relate to current events, such as political speeches or social media pages, or may be popular culture texts, such as television shows, films, songs, play/musicals, anime, etc. Other options for texts may include museum exhibits, monuments, memorials, websites, and advertising campaigns.

Undergraduate students who are interested in conducting their own rhetorical criticism research projects are encouraged to contact Dr. Valerie Schrader, Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Coordinator of the Penn State...

Communications and Journalism, Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts
Credit
Remote
December 10, 2020 October 2, 2020
PROSPER 2nd Generation

The PROSPER 2nd Generation study aims to better understand how experiences in the family and at school during the early adolescent years set the stage for success in young adulthood, and how participating in school-based and family-based interventions during middle school may impact young adult well-being, family formation, and the quality of the child rearing environment.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Credit, Volunteer
Remote
December 10, 2020 December 10, 2020
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