Undergraduate Research at UNL

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UCARE 2014-15 Academic Year Awards Finalized

Notifications sent April 28


2015-16 Award Term

  • Summer applications open December - January
  • Academic Year applications open February - March

Posted Research Opportunities

  • Biomedical Research in Neuronal Cell Death

    School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Faculty Advisor: Rodrigo Franco

    Start Date: June or September

    Paid or Volunteer: Either

    Hours Per Week: 10 hrs per week in Academic year, 20 hrs per week in summer

    The laboratory of Dr. Rodrigo Franco at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is looking for a UCARE student with an interest in Biomedical Research.

    The laboratory uses advanced cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology approaches to understand the molecular mechanism involved in the etiology of diseases associated with neuronal cell death in the Central Nervous System.

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  • Human Papillomavirus Replication

    School of Biological Sciences / Nebraska Center for Virology

    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Angeletti

    Start Date: September 1, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    The Angeletti lab works on human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which are known to cause cervical cancer. Our interest is in understanding how these viruses stably replicate in host cells.

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  • HEART Camp Qualitative Data Project

    College of Nursing-Lincoln

    Faculty Advisor: Kathleen Duncan, PhD

    Start Date: Fall 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    The HEART Camp study is a research project investigating the effectiveness of various intervention techniques on exercise adherence over an 18-month period with a population of heart failure patients. This grant is beginning its third of five years and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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  • Biomedical Research in HIV/AIDS

    Nebraska Center for Virology & School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

    Faculty Advisor: Shi-hua Xiang

    Start Date: Open

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    Acceptable Undergraduate Majors: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological Systems Engineering, Veterinary or Animal Science.

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  • Violence in Late Ottoman Empire

    History

    Faculty Advisor: Bedross Der Matossian

    Start Date: August 20

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    The student will be involved in a research project that examines inter-ethnic violence in the Ottoman Empire in the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The project involves digitization and analysis of primary documents in different languages and by different authors.

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  • Promoting Adherence to Exercise in Patients with Heart Failure

    College of Nursing-Lincoln

    Faculty Advisor: Katthleen Duncan, PhD

    Start Date: Fall 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    The purpose of this research project will be to assist in the delivery of an intervention, HEART Camp and to assess the impact of selected intervention components on exercise adherence in patients with heart failure.

    The proposed project is part of a NIH funded, randomized clinical trial to test an innovative intervention (HEART Camp) designed to improve exercise adherence in patients with heart failure.

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  • Mapping Nebraska: Sheldon Statewide

    Art & Art History

    Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Ingraham

    Start Date: June 1 for Summer 2013; September 1 for Fall and Spring Academic Year, 2013-2104

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week Summer; 10 hrs/week Fall and Spring Semesters

    I'm a sculptor and textile artist working on a multi-media project called Mapping Nebraska. Part of my project will travel to a number of communities all over Nebraska in 2013-2014 as part of the Sheldon Museum's Statewide program. I am producing site-specific textile constructions for each of these Sheldon Statewide venues and conducting community outreach.

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  • Biomedical Device Design

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Jeff Hawks

    Start Date: June or September (depending on applicant)

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 10 during academic year, more during summer

    Work on NASA related projects for the Human Exploration Group. Projects include automated chest tube insertion and non-invasive intracranial pressure monitoring.

    Work includes data collection on lab experiments and prototype design, development and testing.

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  • E-Trails Smartphone Application Development

    Computer Science

    Faculty Advisor: Bret Betnar

    Start Date: September 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    Student researcher will work alongside a Landscape Architecture professor and National Park Service staff to develop a smartphone application (app) for use in outdoor recreation. The app will test the viability of electronic trails (E-trails) as a recreation management tool for public lands.

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  • Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure and Materials

    Civil Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Yong-Rak KIm

    Start Date: Flexible

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week

    Transportation infrastructure systems such as roadways, railroads, airports, and bridges are key public assets of any country in the world, and it is a great interest to develop relevant technologies for safer, more sustainable, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly performance of the infrastructure systems.

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  • Home Based Care Transitions

    Nursing

    Faculty Advisor: Lani Zimmerman

    Start Date: Fall 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    Patients with multiple chronic illnesses discharged from the hospital are frequently re-hospitalized within 1-3 months. Re-hospitalization puts a huge burden on the patients as well as the hospital.

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  • Food Process Automation

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Jeff Hawks

    Start Date: September 2013

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 10 during Academic year

    Working on the design and analysis of various food manufacturing processes. Research on the automation of various process. Computational fluid dynamics will be used to analyze prototype design and performance as well as laboratory testing.

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  • Ancient Carbon Isotope Records and Climate Change

    Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

    Faculty Advisor: Ross Secord

    Start Date: Mid March - early April

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: Up to 20

    Prepare samples for stable carbon isotope analysis in labs at UNL. Samples are from ancient soils collected in Wyoming and New Mexico. The goal is to identify intervals of carbon cycle disturbance, which often coincide with climate change. Applicants should be geoscience majors or have a strong interest in geology.

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  • Refugees During the Armenian Genocide 1915-1923

    History

    Faculty Advisor: Bedross Der Matossian

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    The task of the student will be to scan hundreds of documents from the Aram Andonian archives pertaining to the eyewitness accounts during the Armenian genocide. In addition, the student will transcribe archival documents in English from the Armenian Genocide Archives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem that is under my disposal.

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  • Care Transitions for Patients with Chronic Illness

    Nursing

    Faculty Advisor: Lani Zimmerman, PhD

    Start Date: Summer and/or Fall 2013

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 20 in Summer, 10 in Academic Year

    This project will study patients with chronic illnesses and their care transition from hospital to home. This study will primarily focus on self-management skills for patients categorized by cognition and patient activation level. Students chosen will be actively involved in the research process to improve patient outcomes in this population. Duties may include literature synthesis, data collection, data entry, and attending team meetings. The research may lead to manuscript publication as co-author.

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  • Physical Activity Telehealth Intervention in Rural Patients after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

    College of Nursing

    Faculty Advisor: Janet Nieveen

    Start Date: June 2013

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 20

    This is a project that is testing the feasibility of delivering a behavior change intervention in the area of physical activity via a cell phone. Outcome measures include both objective and subjective physical activity measures. Data collection is currently in progress. The student would have experience in all research areas, including literature review, working with EXCEL files, data entry, creative development of presentations etc.

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  • Toddler Sleep Project

    Child, Youth and Family Studies

    Faculty Advisor: Victoria Molfese

    Start Date: June 1

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    Hours Per Week: 10

    The Toddler Sleep Project studies sleep and self-regulation behaviors in children 2 ½ - 3 ½ years of age. Research teams visit the children's homes and the children and parents come into the lab to engage in several tasks. Students helping in the lab have opportunities to observe children's and parents behaviors, assist with data collection, date reduction and data entry, and to work with the research team on interpretation of study findings, collection of research literature, and manuscript writing.

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  • Potential Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Soil Invertebrates

    Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, School of Natural Resources

    Faculty Advisor: Craig Allen

    Start Date: August 25, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    Through this project, we intend to investigate how and if soil invertebrates may be impacted by wind energy development through literature searches, and lab and field studies.

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  • Fungi and Plant Disease Projects - Lab and/or Field

    Plant Pathology

    Faculty Advisor: Gerry Adams

    Start Date: Summer or Fall

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: Flexible

    Several projects are available and can be individually modified for interest and opportunity.

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  • Plant Diseases - Fungal Pathogens and Crop Resistance

    Plant Pathology

    Faculty Advisor: James Steadman

    Start Date: Summer or Academic Year

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 20 during Summer, 10 during Academic Year

    Research will involve using molecular and classical methods to characterize isolates of fungal pathogens (biotrophs & necrotrophs)to determine diversity in the populations. Using appropriate isolates to screen crop plant lines for resistance to the specific pathogen isolates. Molecular tools will be used to trace the movement of fungal pathogen isolates across states/countries. The lab has state, national and international goals to improve food security. Students, visiting scientists & technologists are from Brazil, Africa, Caribbean and the Americas.

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  • Development of Microfluidic Devices for Cell Mechanics Research

    Mechanical and Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Sangjin Ryu

    Start Date: Summer or Fall

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 10-20 (depending on application type)

    The objective of our project is to develop microfluidic devices for cell mechanics research. This research includes fundamental experimental research on droplet-based channel devices and microfluidic device development for fabrication of hydrogel substrates with stiffness gradient.

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  • Assessing the Impact of 4-H Youth Development on Post-Secondary Decisions

    4-H Youth Development

    Faculty Advisor: Jill Walahoski

    Start Date: Summer or Fall

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    This project will explore the connection between participation in 4-H and recruitment to post-secondary education. A student will provide leadership to the development, facilitation and analysis of mixed methods assessment that will include a study of former 4-H participants at varying points in their post-secondary education experience, including measuring the impact of 4-H on their initial selection and the retained influence of their 4-H experience as they enter the work force.

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  • Decolonization: The Decline and Fall of Empires since WWII

    History

    Faculty Advisor: James Le Sueur

    Start Date: Summer or Fall 2013

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 15

    Student will conduct research in Congressional Record and British Parliamentary debates, plus research in library and/or Eisenhower and Truman Library.

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  • Mechatronics & Robotics

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Jeff Hawks

    Start Date: ASAP

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    The Mechanical & Materials Engineering department is seeking a mechanical engineering student to work on various mechatronics and robotics projects.

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  • Exploring Below-Ground Biodiversity

    Plant Pathology

    Faculty Advisor: Thomas Powers

    Start Date: Summer or Fall 2013

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours Per Week: 10 hours/week during school year; 20 hours/week during summer

    This research project explores the identity and diversity of soil organisms in native and agricultural plant communities across North America. We use light and scanning electron microscopy combined with DNA barcoding to characterize plant- parasitic nematodes.

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  • Mass culture of Vorticella convallaria and control of its habitation

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Sangjin Ryu

    Start Date: Summer or Fall (depending on application date)

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

    The objective of the project is to improve the current mass culture method of Vorticella convallaria and to develop methods to control habitation of Vorticella convallaria.

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  • Development of two-dimensional microfluidic channel device using controlled surface wettability

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Sangjin Ryu

    Start Date: Summer or Fall (depending on application date)

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

    The objective of our project is to develop two-dimensional microfluidic devices, which does not have any walls, for controlled drop motion and mixing. We aim to fabricate such two-dimensional fluidic devices using controlled surface wettability, i.e., superhydrophilic patterns surrounded by superhydrophobic areas, and to investigate dynamics of drops rolling on the device.

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  • Development of Web-based Interactive Curriculum for Healthy Eating in Child Care

    Child, Youth and Family Studies

    Faculty Advisor: Dipti Dev

    Start Date: Flexible

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Paid Rate: $8/hour

    Hours per week: Up to 10 hours/week

    The Healthy Eating in Child Care project involves development of a web-based interactive curriculum with video clips and supporting materials for educating child care teachers about healthful eating strategies for preschool children (2-5y).

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  • Dynamics of Signal Transduction Networks in Disease

    Biochemistry

    Faculty Advisor: Tomas Helikar

    Start Date: ASAP

    Paid or Volunteer: Either

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week

    The Helikar laboratory in the Biochemistry department is looking for students to study the dynamics of large-scale computational models of biochemical signal transduction networks in immune cells under healthy and diseased conditions.

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  • Water Reuse and Food Safety

    Civil Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Xu Li

    Start Date: Flexible

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

    Treated wastewater is being increasingly used to supplement fresh water for crop irrigation. Due to limitations in wastewater treatment, treated wastewater often contains pathogens. Pathogens may contaminate plant surface and soil through irrigation, and then later get internalized into the plants.

    Internalized pathogens cannot be eliminated through washing, and therefore pose a food safety concern of consuming vegetables that are eaten raw. The objective of the project is to understand and minimize the accumulation of pathogens in vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater.

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  • Microbial Degradation of Contaminants in Water

    Civil Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Xu Li

    Start Date: Flexible

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

    Microbes can degrade contaminants in water, including contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) such as steroid hormones and antibiotics. This research project will focus on investigating the mechanisms that microbes use to degrade these contaminants.

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  • Measuring the Yielding or Fatigue Strength of Rubber by Thermography

    Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Linxia Gu

    Start Date: Summer or Fall

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10 or 20 hours/week

    Infrared thermography is a process to obtain images by using an infrared camera to detect the radiation from an object at an absolute temperature of not less than 0 degree. This study uses an infrared thermal camera to monitor the temperature increases from the test specimens and accordingly to estimate the stresses and fatigue limits.

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  • Computational Biology & Software Technology Development

    Biochemistry

    Faculty Advisor: Tomas Helikar

    Start Date: Immediately

    Paid or Volunteer: Either

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week

    The Helikar laboratory in the Biochemistry department is looking for students to use help develop new computational modeling software tools. We are looking for someone with Java and Javascript programming experience to develop easy to use data visualization components for large-scale biological networks. Our laboratory is highly interdisciplinary, and we are looking students with any mix of computer science, bio, and/or math background and interests. The student will participate in multiple projects.

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  • Improving Soil Properties to Establish Roadside Vegetation

    Civil Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Xu Li

    Start Date: Flexible

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

    Roadside vegetation performs ecosystem functions and benefits people and their environment in many ways. However, several Nebraska highways have segments where vegetation cover failed to establish despite repeated seeding efforts. The goal of this study is to identify cost-effective solutions that can assure adequate soil conditions for establishment of selected seeding mixtures.

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  • Archaeological Pollen Analysis

    Anthropology

    Faculty Advisor: Carrie Heitman

    Start Date: May 15, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    Hours per week: 5-10 hours/week

    This research project involves plant pollen analysis. The student will need to learn microscopy and count 200 pollen grains in samples extracted from prehistoric fecal samples.

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  • Anthology of Midi Accompaniments to the Trombone Solo Repertoire

    Glenn Korff School of Music

    Faculty Advisor: Scott Anderson

    Start Date: May 13, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 12 hours/week

    The student would assist in the further development of my midi anthology of trombone solo accompaniments. This anthology has been an ongoing project for the past 15 years. I have a great deal of new repertoire that I would like to add to the anthology.

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  • Developing a controlled delivery system for alpha-tocopherol

    Department of Food Science & Technology

    Faculty Advisor: Wajira Ratnayake

    Start Date: May 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Hours per week: 15-20 hours/week

    The project will involve studies on developing a controlled delivery system using starch-based matrix material for alpha-tocopherol acetate. The microparticle system will be prepared by spray-drying, and evaluated for properties and tocopherol release profiles under selected in-vitro environments. This study will be a part of on-going research projects and the student will have an opportunity to co-author research publications upon successful completion of the work.

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  • Social and Mobile Media Research

    College of Journalism & Mass Communications

    Faculty Advisor: (Bryan) Ming Wang

    Start Date: Fall 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer

    I lead a Social and Mobile Media Allied Research Team at the College of Journalism & Mass Communications. My team studies the impact of new communication technologies, especially social media and mobile media, in the realm of politics, health and business. We mostly employ social science research methods, such as social media data mining, content analysis, experiments and surveys. Currently, we are working on analyzing social media strategies of Fortune 500 companies and studying the use of social and mobile media during the 2014 midterm elections.

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  • Swallowable Microrobotic Capsule for Smart Connected Health

    Mechanical and Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Benjamin S. Terry

    Start Date: September 1, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Paid Rate: $10/hour

    Hours per week: 10 hours/week

    Commercial products resulting from intersection of cyber physical systems and smart, connected, health care systems include wearable sensing technologies that focus on ex vivo systems targeting the elderly, chronically ill, and those who participate in high-risk occupations or recreation, such as military personnel, police, first-responders, and outdoor enthusiasts. The next frontier in healthcare will couple ambulatory biometric sensing technology with cloud-connected expert systems to autonomously monitor, diagnose, and treat patients.

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  • Implementation of a Telepresence System for a Surgical Robot

    Computer Science & Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Faculty Advisor: Benjamin S. Terry

    Start Date: April 1, 2014

    Paid or Volunteer: Paid

    Paid Rate: $11/hour

    This project will focus on the design and implementation of a telepresence system for a surgical robot.

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Events Calendar

August 6
Summer Research Symposium, City Campus Union
     *Luncheon: 11:30 AM
     *Poster Session: 1-3 PM

August 26
UCARE Academic Year research begins

September 3
UCARE Kick-off event for Academic Year awardees, 3:30 PM



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Undergraduate Research

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  • Build important mentoring relationships.
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