Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

Our database is a great resource in helping students find exciting undergraduate research opportunities at Penn State.

To get the best results, we recommend that you select all of the research areas that interest you. We also recommend that you conduct multiple searches.

Campus – Select the campus(es) where you would be interested in participating in research. Depending on the time of year when you are using the database, consider whether your location changes. For example, do you spend your summers closer to a different campus than where you regularly attend school?

Research Area – Select the area(s) of research that interest you most, keeping in mind that research is often interdisciplinary so it might be appropriate to select more than one area. For example, if you are interested in health you might want to search for opportunities in the physical sciences, life sciences, and nursing and health sciences, because these research areas could all be relevant to your interest in health.

Position Type – Select the position type(s) that are most appealing to you. If you prefer whether you earn credit versus being paid, be sure to narrow down the search results using this field.

Note: You may not receive academic credit and be paid for the same research experience in a given semester.

  • “Work Study” is only available to students who have received a federal work-study (FWS) award. You can verify if you have an FWS award by visiting LionPATH and reviewing your "Financial Aid Summary.” If you do not have a federal work-study award, your mentor can also inquire with the Office of Student Aid - 814-865-6301 - to determine if you are eligible to be awarded one.
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive database of all the research opportunities available at Penn State. Please visit our Finding an Opportunity at Penn State section for other ideas for finding a research opportunity!

Mentors interested in creating an account or posting an opportunity should visit the Posting Undergraduate Research Opportunities section.
 

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Title Description Research Area(s) Position Type(s) Work Setting(s) Updated Date
Risks and protective factor associated with opiod relapse by relseased inmates supported by "vivitrol" Another research has initiated to identify life stressors and protective factors associated with opioid relapse show by newly released inmates who received medically assisted therapy in the form of monthly vivitrol injections, starting while incarcerated and continuing for six months after release from prison. Previous research has documented the effectiveness of other medically-assisted therapies (MAT) for improving outcomes for individuals with a history of opioid abuse, with these medications including methadone variates, but our study would be the first to examine opioid outcomes associated with vivitrol injects. Life stressors considered for their association with post-release opioid abuse for the inmates will include transportation problems, housing problems, neighborhood stressors...
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Variable
Community-based
February 9, 2024
Machismo and Caballerismo Linked with Perceived Social Discrimination and Powerlessness in U.S. Latino Men Concepts from the Threat Appraisal and Coping Theory, Precarious Manhood Theory, and Ambivalent Sexism suggest that U.S. Latino men who perceive social discrimination and powerlessness may respond with machismo beliefs that serve as coping responses to empower themselves and reassert their manhood. Machismo beliefs include both aggressive "traditional machismo" and gentlemanly family-focused "caballerismo." Because past research has revealed that individuals respond to social abuse with anger, and anger prompts them to feel empowered but less empathetic, we hypothesized that Latino men who perceive social discrimination combined with a sense of powerlessness would report more traditional machismo and less caballerismo. We also hypothesized that this three-variable sequence would be...
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Variable
Community-based
February 9, 2024
Gendered language differences in public communication? The case of municipal tweets Prior research has shown that gender-based leadership differences can influence organizational functions and behaviour, including strategy, resource allocation, and culture development. It therefore follows that gender- based leadership differences may impact communication. Building on research identifying gendered differences in language use, this study explored Twitter content differences among municipalities in the United States, differentiated by the level of gender-based representation at both the executive (mayoral) and legislative (council/commission) levels. The results uncovered commonly accepted gendered language differences based on may- oral gender, though the influence of council representation partially deviated from accepted differences. The study results form a foundation...
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Variable
Community-based
February 9, 2024
Apple and Peach Research Assistant

Are you passionate about sustainability and interested in working with tree fruit? We're looking for dedicated students to join the Kumar lab and gain hands-on experience in apple and peach production, maintenance, and fruit assessment while learning valuable skills in lab and field techniques. Current openings include projects working on crop load management, ripening management, and post-harvest management of apples, and establishing a peach orchard in Rocksprings.

    Agricultural Sciences
    Paid
    On campus
    February 5, 2024
    Investigating Factors of Twitter Use among Municipal Governments This study investigates predictors of Twitter adoption and use by municipalities for citizen communication, considering both the level of municipal Twitter presence and the level of Twitter activity. Possible predictors included municipal characteristics as well as citizenry characteristics. Participants included 100 Pennsylvania municipalities drawn from a disproportionate stratified sample, evenly split between municipalities with and without a Twitter presence. No significant correlation was found between the level of municipal Twitter presence and active use of Twitter. Regression results suggest that the likelihood of adopting a Twitter account increases with greater population size and a younger population, though only population size significantly predicts the number of Twitter...
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024
    Predictors of Violence Reported by Male and Female Inmates. This study compared predictors of violence as suggested by the importation and deprivation models and the newly utilized threat appraisal and coping models. Participants included 290 female and 472 male inmates in state prisons who completed anonymous surveys to report seven characteristics they import to prison and to report three social stressors experienced during the deprivation and powerlessness of the prison experience. Multiple regression revealed that for both female and male inmates, violence was associated with the imported characteristics of younger age and impulsivity and with in-prison stressors from correctional staff and family. Years of incarceration was a significant predictor of violence only for males. As suggested from past research, the personality pattern of...
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024
    The Production Company - an Activity Based Assessment for Introductory Managerial Accounting Concepts Through a hands-on team-based approach, students mimicked a production process and were responsible for completion of various managerial/cost accounting reports and calculations throughout the assessment. Observation was used to assess project success.
    Business
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024
    The Bethlehem Carolers The Bethlehem Carolers is the name of a Christmas processional drama performed by the Carpatho-Rusyns and other Eastern Europeans and their immigrant diaspora in America. Processional dramas were once a common part of many people's holiday celebrations, but most are now gone. Our research focuses on why this ritual has persisted. To do that we have examined the meaning of the play, the role it plays in the communities where it is performed, and how the play helps people understand their place in those communities.
    Visual and Performing Arts
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024
    The Shepherd Carolers and the Carpatho-Rusyn Diaspora in the United States (particularly Schuylkill County) and in Transcarpathia. Adobe PDF download While looking at presentations of the Shepherd Carolers in Transcarpathia that I found on Youtube, I was surprised to see one with a time/date stamp of 1991. Featuring small children and a Guba that looked like Sasquatch and Chewbacca had produced a child, the play it seemed must have been preserved despite the rabid atheism of the communist dictatorships in the area. Immediately, I thought "how did they manage this?" and "where did this processional come from?" and finally, "Was Christmas somehow responsible for its survival?" Dr. Aurand, who considers how the drama survived in Pennsylvania given the pressure on immigrants to assimilate and to not celebrate religious holidays publically, and I have embarked on a project to collect scripts, images, and interviews pertaining to the...
    Humanities
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024
    Families Forging a Path to Treatment for Opioid Addiction Adobe PDF download Survey research, data collected from family members of a loved one with a history of opioid use/substance use disorder. Information collected related to services used, information gathered and the loved one's opioid use/substance use disorder, additional information collected including stigma experience and care of minor children.
    Nursing and Health Sciences
    Variable
    Community-based
    February 5, 2024