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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.  

Agriculture

Opportunities in Plant Pathology

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

Department: Plant Pathology

Time Commitment: Will vary by lab

Required Skills: Will vary by lab

Course credit: Available via enrollment in PLPTH 495 Undergraduate Research in Plant Pathology for 0, 1, 2, or 3 credits.

Funding: May be available.

If interested, please contact Dr. Richard Todd (rbtodd@ksu.edu) for additional information.   

   

Plant and Soil Science Internship in the K-State Root Ecology and Hydropedology Laboratory

The KSU Hydropedology and Root Ecology Laboratory is seeking a student majoring in a soil and plant science discipline for an internship. The project is focused on developing an automated camera system that images plant roots belowground. 

Student Assistant Activities: Collecting plant data, analyzing root images, building minirhizotron cameras, conducting field work to support and maintain equipment and collect field data, and supporting the project in other ways as needed.

Department: Agronomy

Time Commitment: Part time in Spring 2021 and full time in Summer 2021

Required Skills: Must be able to lift fifty pounds and conduct field work in potentially adverse or hot weather conditions.

Preferred Skills: Experience with electronics and wiring; experience or desire to learn about identifying plants and plant growth stages.

Funding: Hourly wage is contingent upon the applicant's experience. Funding is from several sources, but primarily the National Science Foundation.

Course Credit: Available.

If interested, please send Dr. Colby Moorberg (moorberg@k-state.edu) an email with an attached resume.

  

Soil Water Processes Lab

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. See the website for more information: https://soil-physics.github.io/ksu/.

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.

Department: Agronomy  

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

Funding: Depends on project and semester

If interested, please contact Dr. Andres Patrignani (andrespatrignani@ksu.edu) for additional information.

 

Arts and Sciences

Computational drug discovery for cancer, immunology, malaria and COVID-19

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.

Department: Biochemistry

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.

Course credit: Available.

Funding: Potential as students gain experience.

If interested, please contact Dr. Ho Leung Ng (hng@ksu.edu) for additional information.

 

Wildcat Creek Watershed Data Repository

After the 2018 Labor Day flooding of Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, KS there has been increasing interest in building flood resilience and overall sustainability of the Wildcat Creek Watershed and surrounding areas. To facilitate engagement with the community on building resilience of the Wildcat Creek Watershed we are developing a website that compiles data and reports on the watershed to share with local decision-makers, researchers, and residents. The student working on this project will be responsible for (1) developing a storymap describing the watershed, watershed data sources, and studies of the watershed using ESRI’s free ArcOnline tools, (2) collecting and organizing watershed information, data sources, and reports on a website for the project, and (3) preparing summaries of each piece of information hosted on the website.

Student Assistant Activities: Collecting, organizing, and summarizing data and reports on the Wildcat Creek Watershed in Riley County, Kansas. Preparing a website to host the collected information. Developing a storymap summarizing the information.

Department: Geography and Geospatial Sciences

Time Commitment: Up to 10 hours per week from February through June 2021.

Preferred Skills: Previous experience with GIS and web design.

Funding: Position is funded through the Center for Engagement and Community Development Engagement Incentive.

If interested, please contact Dr. Katherine Nelson (ksnelson@ksu.edu) for more information.

  

 Engineering

Engineering Internship in the K-State Root Ecology and Hydropedology Laboratory

The KSU Hydropedology and Root Ecology Laboratory is seeking a student majoring in engineering (or who has experience with coding, wiring, and robotics) for an internship. The project is focused on developing an automated camera system that images plant roots belowground. 

Student Assistant Activities: Building minirhizotron cameras, conducting field work to support and maintain equipment and collect field data, analyzing root images, and supporting the project in other ways as needed.

Department: Agronomy

Time Commitment: Part time in Spring 2021 and full time in Summer 2021

Required Skills: Must be able to lift fifty pounds and conduct field work in potentially adverse or hot weather conditions.

Preferred Skills: Experience with the Python programming language

Funding: Hourly wage is contingent upon the applicant's experience. Funding is from several sources, but primarily the National Science Foundation.

Course Credit: Available.

If interested, please send Dr. Colby Moorberg (moorberg@k-state.edu) an email with an attached resume.

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