Research Opportunities

Water-Food-Energy Nexus in a Changing Climate

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Francisco Munoz-Arriola
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Start Date
Summer 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

If you are interested in WATER, CLIMATE, and FOOD SECURITY come and join the Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydrology Research Group at the Biological Systems Engineering Department.

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Natural Dye and Handweaving, experimentation based on research in India

Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design Faculty
Faculty Advisor
Wendy Weiss, Professor Emerita
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Start Date
August 15, 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
8-10

Seeking a creative individual who loves plants, doesn't object to a little digging in the dirt, and savors the chance to learn how to weave on a hand loom. This project combines working with natural dyes, mostly harvested locally, and applying traditional Indian techniques for resist yarn dyeing for weaving artwork in my off campus studio. Must be comfortable working with your hands, able to draw geometric patterns, keep records, and willing to learn new skills.

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Value-added products developments from lignocellulosic biomass

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sibel Irmak
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Start Date
Spring 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

I perform research on various value-added products developments (biofuels, food products, industrially important chemicals and materials) from lignocellulosic biomass. Developing cheap, active and robust catalysts for these conversions is the important part of the research. I seek one undergraduate student researcher with background in science and engineering to help with all aspects of the research.

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Biological control of crop pests: Using fungi, bacteria, and nematodes to manage insects

Department of Entomology
Faculty Advisor
Julie A. Peterson
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Start Date
Summer 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
up to 40
The Agroecosystems Entomology lab is looking for motivated students to conduct independent research projects and/or be employed as field and lab assistants during the summer. We are located in North Platte, NE at the West Central Research & Extension Center. You will gain experience in insect ecology and pest management, with the opportunity to work outside in beautiful western Nebraska, as well as develop molecular and microbiology lab skills indoors.
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Bat Habitat Use in Nebraska

Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Craig Allen
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Start Date
Summer 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20

On October 2, 2013, the U.S.

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Peppermint mites: Assessment of Essential Oils Against External Parasites of Animals

SVMBS
Faculty Advisor
Roberto Cortinas
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Start Date
May 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20

The rise of organic livestock production, as well as the emergence of insecticide and dewormer resistance, is changing the way in which veterinarians will manage parasite problems. The Cortinas lab is assessing how organic livestock producers in our region are dealing with parasites and also investigating approaches that could help both organic and conventional livestock producers. One parasite that impacts both organic and conventional poultry production is the northern fowl mite.

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Interactions between rice blast fungus and rice-leaf-mimicking surfaces

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Negotiable
Paid or Volunteer
Either
Hours Per Week
The goal of the research is to understand how rice blast fungus Magnaporthe interacts with surfaces that mimic the rice leaf. Although this fungus affects significantly rice production, less understood is how the fungus adheres to and interacts with the surface of the rice leaf. To answer this question, we test how the fungus grows on samples made of engineering materials with controlled surface wettability and topography, in collaboration with Dr.
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Hydrogel fabrication and characterization for cell mechanics research

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Negotiable
Paid or Volunteer
Either
Hours Per Week

Hydrogel is widely used to study how mechanical stimulations affect the growth and behavior of cells. Currently we fabricate polyacrylamide gels on which breast stem and cancer cells grow, and these hydrogel substrates can have either uniform or varying stiffness. Thus, the mechanical property of the hydrogel substrates needs to be characterized rigorously. We seek one undergraduate student researcher with background in science and engineering to help with all aspects of research.

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Saline Wetland Restoration

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Amy Burgin
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Start Date
2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Student researchers will be involved in the saline wetland restoration project, and will develop and lead their own research experiment.

Research period can be either summer 2015 or academic year of 2015.

Our lab webpage: http://burginlab.weebly.com/ For Saline wetland restoration program:

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/parksfacilities/wetlands/wetlandspartnership.htm
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Develop efficient stem cell therapy for CNS degenerative diseases

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Yuguo Lei
Contact Email
Start Date
Dec 2014 or contact Dr. Lei
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
Negotiable
Our new lab has multiple positions for undergraduate researcher.  We work on developing efficient stem cell therapy for various disease via combining human pluripotent stem cell derived cells, biomaterials and proteins.  See our website: http://leilab.unl.edu/


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