Research Opportunities

Preschooler Power!

Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Rebecca Swartz
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Start Date
Fall 2014
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
3-10

The Child, Youth and Family department is currently conducting a research project at the Educare Schools in Lincoln and Omaha. We are looking for dedicated students who are interested in being a part of the research team.

Research Description:

We are collecting data on children's self-regulation/emotion regulation and executive function development of children ages 4 and 5 years old. The research areas of interest include: self-regulation/emotion regulation relationships with temperament, parenting factors, teacher interactions, eating and obesity, and tv/media/technology.

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Mechatronics & Robotics

Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeff Hawks
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Start Date
ASAP
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Work in areas of robotics and mechatronic systems and design. Areas of work include design, assembly, and testing.

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Dissecting The Role And Mechanism Of Ubiquitination In Tomato Immunity Against Pseudomonas Syringae

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Lirong Zeng
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Start Date
September 22, 2014
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 hours/week

Research in my lab focuses on the identification and characterization of genes and signal transduction pathways involved in plant immunity against microbial pathogens, particularly the roles and molecular mechanism by which the ubiquitination system regulates host defense responses in plants. The long-term goal of our research is to elucidate and eventually manipulate for crop improvement the key molecular mechanisms that plants use to defend themselves against different biotic and abiotic stresses.

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Exploring Below-Ground Biodiversity

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Thomas Powers
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Start Date
Fall 2014 or Spring 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
1-10

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. All research data associated with nematode species are added to a customized database, geographically mapped, and incorporated into our Plant and Insect Parasitic Nematode web site. Student researchers will be involved all phases of the research, from field collection to DNA analysis. Applicants with GIS experience preferred.

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Metabolism of minerals in cell signaling and degenerative disease

Department of Biochemistry and Redox Biology Center
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jaekwon Lee
Contact Email
Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 hours/week

An opportunity for conducting laboratory research and submitting a UCARE application is available at Dr. Lee’s laboratory in Beadle Canter. The research program employs various experimental approaches, including molecular genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology. Yeast, mammalian cells, and mice are experimental model organisms of the project. Mineral metabolism in conjunction with protein synthesis, cell signaling, oxidative stress, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and neuronal disorders is a major research emphasis.

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Ancient Carbon Isotope Records and Climate Change

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Ross Secord
Contact Email
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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Toddler Sleep Project

Child, Youth and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Victoria Molfese
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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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Plant Diseases - Fungal Pathogens and Crop Resistance

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
James Steadman
Contact Email
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 & Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Summer or Fall
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

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
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Start Date
Summer or Fall
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

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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