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
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
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
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
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
Molecular simulations of polymers and complex fluids

Our research is focused on microscopic, physical understanding of the unique material properties of polymers and complex fluids. The hallmarks of these "soft" systems are:

  • interplay between entropic fluctuations and energetic tendency to order;
  • exquisite sensitivity of structure to imposed fields, including deformation and flow.

These features of soft systems afford unique opportunities for design of material properties, but also pose theoretical challenges. Material design in the vast parameter space of complex fluids cannot be achieved by a strictly empirical approach, but requires conceptual understanding as well, to exploit the potential of these remarkable materials.

Current research areas include:

  • glassy systems (including dense...
Volunteer, Credit
August 31, 2020 August 1, 2018
Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic cognition in addition to enhancing their high-level comprehension of the subject matter. We are looking for highly motivated, goal-oriented, and dependable student volunteers that want to learn about QT and gain valuable research experience. As part of the QT team, the research assistant volunteers can...

August 31, 2020 January 1, 2019
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting this semester. This space is intended for undergraduates or graduates from any major on campus to explore music/brain/psychology topics but we especially welcome research questions related to pitch processing and psycho-motor activity. Students from Acoustics, Psychology, Neuroscience and all other majors are welcome, as well as students with any background coursework or experience in statistics. Please contact the lab director, Dr. Bryan Nichols at bnichols@psu.edu for more information.

August 31, 2020 August 1, 2019
THE STRUCTURES OF CRYSTALLINE AND QUASICRYSTALLINE INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS X-ray diffraction and crystal chemistry studies of the atomic arrangements in various intermetallic compounds containing aluminum, rare earths, or other metals are being carried out. Each material presents some interesting challenges. Some materials exhibit twinning, some are high temperature phases, and some have large unit cells. Of interest are the quasicrystalline phases which exhibit symmetries forbidden in crystalline structures. Methods for the study of the structures of these strange materials are being studied. In addition to X-ray diffraction techniques, synchrotron radiation measurements are frequently employed to characterize them.

Physical Sciences
August 31, 2020 August 25, 2020