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Current Research Project Openings

As we receive undergraduate research assistant requests, we will post them on this page. Please check back frequently for new listings.  

Project Title: Soil water processes lab

Project Description: Our group focuses on studying soil properties and applications of soil moisture information in agriculture and hydrology. We investigate the spatial patterns of multiple soil properties at the field, regional, and state level. We also explore soil moisture changes in time in cropland and grassland.  

Student Assistant Activities: Students in our lab learn how to take soil samples, conduct multiple analyses and handle instrumentation both laboratory and field conditions. Undergraduate student collaborate with projects led by graduate students, but highly motivated students can develop their own research ideas directly supervised by the principal investigator of the program.

Time Commitment: Flexible, in-campus schedule. About 10 hours per week.
Required Skills: Highly motivated, attention to detail, valid drivers license, enrolled in at least 6 credits

*Potential for funding depends on the project and semester

Project website: https://soil-physics.github.io/ksu/

If interested, please contact Dr. Andres Patrignani (contact information below) for additional information.

Principal Investigator Information:
Name: Andres Patrignani
College/Department: Agriculture/Agronomy
Campus address: 1011A Throckmorton Hall
Phone number: 785-532-5732
Email: andrespatrignani@ksu.edu

*Preferred contact method: Email


Project Title: Computational drug discovery for cancer, immunology, and malaria

Project Description: Students will apply computational methods to analyze potential drug/target interactions, characterize trends in structure activity relationships, predict drug binding pockets, and identify new drugs. Methods used may include molecular modeling and visualization, molecular dynamics simulations, quantum chemistry, and machine learning. We will primarily focus on potential drugs for cancer, immunology, and malaria. Computational results will be tested experimentally in our lab and labs of collaborators.

Student Assistant Activities: Apply computational methods to drive research projects. Participate in research teams. Contribute to research that will be published in academic journals. Lots of data analysis. Help other research team members.

Time Commitment: 8+ hours a week during the school year, 30+ hours a week during the summer. Looking for commitment for 2+ years.
Required Skills: Some background and interest in chemistry, physics, mathematics/statistics, computer science as applied to biomedical problems. Previous programming experience especially with Python and Linux desirable.

*Potential for funding as students gain experience. Course credit available.

If interested, please contact Ho Leung Ng (contact information below) for additional information.

Principal Investigator Information:
Name: Ho Leung Ng
College/Department: Arts and Sciences/Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Campus address: 34 Chalmers Hall
Phone number: 785-532-2518
Email: hng@ksu.edu


Opportunities in Plant Pathology

Description: Plant pathology is the study of plant diseases, their causes, effects, and control. Keeping plants healthy requires an understanding of the organisms and agents that cause disease as well as an understanding of how plants grow and are affected by disease. Our faculty have a wide range of expertise and frequently take undergraduate research students for research training opportunities in their labs. Many of our faculty also participate in the Interdepartmental Genetics Program. Our faculty research interests include: Plant Disease, Plant Health, Genetics (Plant genetics of models and crops, fungal genetics, population genetics, host plant resistance genetics), Microbiology (Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses), Pathogens (Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, Nematodes), Plant-Microbe Interactions, Molecular biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Epidemiology, Applied Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Disease diagnosis and management.

Student Assistant Activities: Will vary by lab

Time Commitment: Will vary by lab

Required Skills: Will vary by lab

*Course credit is available via enrollment in PLPTH 495 Undergraduate Research in Plant Pathology for 0, 1, 2, or 3 credits). In some cases funding may be available.

If interested, please contact Richard Todd (contact information below) for additional information.

Principal Investigator Information:
Name: Richard Todd
College/Department: Agriculture, Plant Pathology
Campus address: 4024 Throckmorton Hall
Phone number: 785- 532-0692
Preferred Contact Method: Email