Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

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Title Description Research Area(s) Position Type(s) Work Setting(s) Updated Date Posting Date
Biofilters design and construction for methane oxidation

The Vasco BioEco Lab in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is looking for 1-2 undergraduate research assistant for summer 2021 for a research project on biofiltration of methane-containing air streams. Methane (CH4) emissions are the second largest cause of climate change, after CO2. CH4 also has about 28 times more global warming potential than CO2. CH4 emissions come mostly from highly distributed sources such as barns, gas pipelines, and coal mines, and the CH4 concentration in these emissions is too low to be used for energy. Biofilters are made of columns packed with a support material and colonized by microbes, some of which can convert CH4 into CO2. By studying and...

Engineering
Paid
On campus
May 4, 2021 May 3, 2021
Polyelectrolyte Solution Rheology

Chemists who synthesize ion-containing polymers must grapple with a severe hindrance - that of accurately measuring the molecular weight of their products. The lack of generally effective methods for determining this fundamental quantity retards research on ionic polymers, which find uses in water purification, energy conversion and storage, massive industrial scale electrolysis and other molecular separations. We are developing four methods that utilize easily measured dynamic properties of semidilute unentangled solutions of ionic polymers to obtain the number-average molecular weight Mn. Each method relies on specific combinations of calibrated measurements so that each method directly determines the number density of chains in solution and thus Mn. These...

Engineering
Paid
On campus
April 29, 2021 April 29, 2021
Development, Risk & Resilience Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant

Welcome to the Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab. Our goal is to understand when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories among families who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues (e.g., mental health symptoms; caregiving unpredictability). The Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab is interested in how prenatal and early adversities shape the development of children's self-regulation; how these associations may be mediated or moderated by parenting quality; and applying this understanding to prevention. We are also working to understand protective factors that promote resilience in children in the face of early adversities. Our research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the...

Life Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Credit, Work Study
On campus, Remote
April 20, 2021 April 20, 2021
Field Technician: Bee Health Research in North Carolina

The Hines lab (PSU, hineslab.org) is seeking an undergraduate summer field technician to work on a project examining the role of various landscape factors on bee health parameters (pathogens, bee size, community diversity) across North Carolina. Data collected will be used to understand the factors most impacting bee health to guide management of landscapes for supporting pollinators and to allow better understanding of distributional patterns in bumble bees, including patterns of bee decline.

Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences
Paid
Variable
April 5, 2021 April 5, 2021
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
March 29, 2021 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
March 29, 2021 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
March 29, 2021 September 3, 2020
Trafika Europe Internships

Trafika Europe is an exciting and innovative project showcasing new European literature in English translation, offering regular semester-long and summer internships.

The project includes our acclaimed Library of Congress-indexed online literary journal series, literary events calendar, online bookshop, audio interviews, literary animated videos, and preparing to launch Trafika Europe Radio – Europe’s literary radio station, online. Please visit this brief Welcome Video to learn more about Trafika Europe Radio.

This internship gives selected participants (at any level) experience with publishing and the literary/creative sector, new media and communications....

Credit
March 27, 2021 January 6, 2020
Smart Portable Medical devices development

This project is about the development of a small medical device to measure critical data about certain diseases.  The collected data will be transmitted to your smart device to be shared with your attending medical personnel.  Students will have to sign a NDA to work on this project.  You must be very handy and must have programming knowledge.

Engineering
Volunteer
Remote, Variable
February 8, 2021 January 21, 2021
Green reverse logistics teaching in US colleges-A remote desk study

Background:

Reverse Logistics (RL) typically refers to the process that a product undergoes in recapturing value or ensuring proper disposal when such product comes to the end of its life cycle at its typical destination. RL involves a wide array of activities including returning a product to the manufacturer/distributor for servicing, refurbishment, recycling or disposal. RL first emerged within the manufacturing sector aiming for sustainable development and enhancing productivity. The main goal green reverse logistics (GRL) on the other hand ensures least amount of damage to the environment. This includes being aware of how actions affect climate change, air pollution, waste, noise etc. and making use of closed supply chain to promote reuse, recycle, and...

Business, Environmental and Geosciences
Volunteer
Remote
February 8, 2021 November 5, 2020