Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

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Title Description Research Area(s) Position Type(s) Work Setting(s) Updated Date Posting Date
Ships in the sky

The goal of the project is to explain the floating ships phenomenon. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-56286719

Physical Sciences
Credit, Volunteer
September 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
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
August 26, 2021 August 26, 2020
Microscopy Technology in Biological Research

The Microscopy Center in Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is a multi-user shared technology facility where variety of microscopy techniques are used to study structures and morphology of cells, tissues, organs, animals and plants. We are looking for a student from biology, bioengineering, biotechnology, life science and other related majors to work in areas of optical and electron microscopy, in particular fluorescence microscopy including high-end confocal and high resolution imaging, image process, 3-D analysis, and electron microscopy for ultrastructural analysis. Other tasks may include work in a chemical lab and histology, and electron microscopy on a daily basis.

Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences
Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
On campus, Remote
August 26, 2021 August 12, 2021
Control of stress response pathways in eukaryotic cells

My laboratory uses a combination of biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology to study the mechanisms controlling stress-induced changes in gene expression in eukaryotes. The two main focus areas of the lab are the role of transcription and mRNA decay factors in regulating the DNA damage response and the control of transcription elongation by protein complexes and chromatin.

Life Sciences
On campus
August 26, 2021 August 25, 2021
Undergraduate Research Assistant to study insect flight control

Undergraduate Research Assistant

The laboratories of Dr. Schilder (Entomology) and Dr. Mongeau (Mechanical Engineering) are seeking a higly motivated undergraduate student to undertake interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology and engineering. The position will start fall 2021 and will offer research credit.

Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
On campus
August 19, 2021 August 19, 2021
Cellular Dynamics of Skull Bone Growth

This project is part of a larger NIH funded project that studies the development of the bony skull. We seek to understand the impact of a specific mutation associated with Apert syndrome that results in cranial malformations. We have a mouse model for this disease. The goal is to understand the timing and patterns of osteoblast lineage cell differentiation as these cells form bones of the anterior cranial vault.

Hypothesis: Relative to unaffected littermates, mice carrying the mutation associated with Apert syndrome will exhibit differences in the timing and pattern of osteoblast lineage cell differentiation that results in the relatively early fusion of cranial vault bones.
Following established protocols, we will use high resolution fluorescent microscopy to...

Any, Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Statistics
On campus, Remote
August 18, 2021 August 18, 2021
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
On campus
August 11, 2021 August 25, 2020
Dynamics of Plant Cell Walls

Research opportunities are available in the Anderson Lab to study the dynamics of plant cell walls, with applicability to the sustainable production of food, materials, and bioenergy from plants. Our group uses a combination of molecular genetics, microscopy, and biochemistry to study how plants assemble, modify, and degrade their cell walls.

Life Sciences
On campus, Remote
August 11, 2021 August 25, 2020
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 http://shomir.net.

July 1, 2021 September 30, 2019
Smart Responsive Facades

Designing buildings for a changing climate involves rethinking one of the elements responsible for much of its environmental performance: the building envelope. One strategy that has gained much relevance in recent years is designing adaptive building envelopes, that change their shape configuration for optimized functionality and performance. Architects have proposed designs relying on expensive mechanical systems yielding one-of-a-kind built examples such as the Al-Bahr tower in Abu Dhabi (2012) or the Institute du Monde Arabe (1987).

New developments in material science have led scholars --in fields other than architecture-- to propose replacing complex mechanical systems with shape-morphing functionalities with bistable structures that exhibit more than one equilibrium state...

Architecture, Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science
Paid, Variable
On campus, Variable
May 29, 2021 May 28, 2021