Research Experience for Seniors (REFS)
The application deadline for this program has passed.
- Students begin their internship the week of November 1st, 2020 and end April 30th, 2021
- Participating students will receive an $800 stipend for the term of November 1st, 2020 through April 30th, 2021. Stipend will be paid in late January or early February 2021.
- Laboratories may be reimbursed for up to $400 for student related expenses. **Please contact Carol High (email@example.com) prior to making purchases for approval, and for details on the reimbursement process.
Faculty Mentor Expectations
- Faculty are expected to mentor their REFS student on a research project in their field for the duration of the experience.
- Faculty should be in regular contact with their REFS student to make sure they are making progress on their project.
REFS Student Expectations
- Expected to be in regular contact with their faculty mentors for the duration of the internship
- Spend ~5 hours per week on their research projects
- Complete the REFS Research Project Summary during the final month of their research internship.
- September 14th, 2020 – REFS applications are available
- October 1st, 2020 – REFS applications are due
- October 2nd – 31st, 2020– REFS applications sent to faculty, student matching is completed via email
- November 1st, 2020 – REFS students start and continue their internship until the end of the spring 2021 semester.
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Applicant must be a Penn State University Park incoming senior undergraduate student.
- Applicant must be able to commit to spending five hours per week in research related activities from the start date of the program (Nov 1st 2020 – end of spring 2021 semester)
- View the list of participating faculty below and review their research laboratory/project descriptions. Select two labs that you are interested in working.
- Complete and submit an online application.
- In October you will be notified of your interest by a faculty mentor who may choose to interview you (via phone or in person). Be ready to respond to their emails!
- Decisions will be made mid-end October. All applicants will be notified by email. If selected, your internship will start right away on November 1st – so be ready!
REFS Participating Faculty
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Corn Genetics Lab: Dr. Surinder Chopra
The Lambert Lab – Modulation of obesity, inflammation, and cancer by natural products: Dr. Joshua D. Lambert
The Schilder Lab: Effects of host plant toxicity on butterfly flight: Dr. Ruud Schilder
Couradeau lab: Soil Microbiome – Microbial Ecology – Geomicrobiology: Dr. Estelle Couradeau
The social behavior lab: Dr. Etya Amsalem
Novel pest control methods for mushroom phorid flies: Dr. Nina Jenkins
Individual differences in food choices and eating behavior: Dr. John Hayes
Kaye Biogeochemistry Lab : Dr. Jason Kaye
Vegetable Crop Science: Dr. Francesco Di Gioia
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Micromet Lab: Dr. Jose D Fuentes
Land-atmosphere Interactions and carbon cycle science: Dr. Kenneth Davis
Thermodynamics and Machine Learning: Dr. Zi-Kui Liu
Eberly College of Science
Computational biology for understanding gene regulation: Dr. Shaun Mahony
Bacterial Oxygen Sensing and Atypical Cyclic Nucleotides: Dr. Emily Weinert
Blazar Accretion Disks: Dr. Derek Fox
Experimental Particle Astrophysics: Dr. Miguel Mostafa
Yingwei Mao Neurobiology Lab Dr. Yingwei Mao
College of Engineering
Open Data for Sustainable Transportation: Dr. Elizabeth Traut
Motion Tracking Problems in IoT: Dr. Mahanth Gowda
Tribology, Glass surface, Cellulosic nanomaterials: Dr. Seong Kim
Sustainable bioenergy production systems: Dr. Rui Shi
Sheikhi Research Group: Dr. Amir Sheikhi
College of Health and Human Development
Behavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory: Dr. Helen Kamens
SANDLab: Semantics, Aphasia, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory: Dr. Chaleece Sandberg
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Center for Human-Computer Interaction: Dr. John Millar Carroll
Human Cognition Modeling: Dr. Frank Ritter
College of Liberal Arts
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