Research Opportunities

K-8 Teachers' Development and Use of a Framework for Evaluating Digital Instructional Materials

Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Amanda Thomas
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/16 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

This project documents K-8 teachers' development of a framework for evaluating digital instructional materials for teaching and learning mathematics. Undergraduate research assistants' work will include transcribing video and audio files, assisting in qualitative data analysis, and assisting in the preparation of conference proposals and manuscripts resulting from the study.

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Machine Learning and Modeling of Social Networks

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Start Date
8/15/16 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or through UCARE
Hours Per Week
10-20

New project to develop and evaluate analytic tools for real-world social network data analysis. The project will interface with several ongoing large-scale public health research projects in disease and behavioral epidemiology. The candidate should have a basic working understanding of probability, and experience writing procedural and object-oriented programs in Java, Python, C/C++ or other language. Candidates with experience or coursework in algorithms, networks, machine learning, and/or statistics will be favored.

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Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

Anthropology
Faculty Advisor
Carrie C. Heitman
Contact Email
Start Date
8/15/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10

Participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project to create the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC).  Project activities may include:

1) Help with archaeologica data integration

2) Facilitate collaborations with project consultants

3) Refine image and text metadata for SPARC digital assets

4) Participate in the Chaco Research Archive website redesign

5) Contribute to the integration of the greater Chaco Landscape project data into the Chaco Research Archive and help plan 2017 academic conference.

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Wildfire effects on insect diversity

Agronomy and Horticulture
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Dirac Twidwell
Contact Email
Start Date
8/23/16
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE stipend
Hours Per Week

This project aims to identify the ability of mixed severity fire regimes to promote species diversity. Specifically, students will be looking for differences in insect community composition that result from varying fire severities in the Pine Ridge region of Nebraska by identifying ground dwelling insects collected during the summer of 2016.

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Microbial Degradation of Steroid Hormones in Soil

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Xu Li
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/16
Paid or Volunteer
Hours Per Week

When a contaminant enters the soil environment, several abiotic and biotic processes can affect the fate of the contaminant.

As a class of emerging contaminants, steroid hormones in the environment have attracted a lot of attention from engineers and regulators due to their impacts on the health of human being and ecosystems.  The undergraduate student working on this project will work with a graduate student to study how microbial activities may affect the fate and transport of steroid hormones in soils.  Column reactors will be used to simulate soil profiles.

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Microbial Degradation of Antibiotics in Water

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Xu Li
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/16
Paid or Volunteer
Hours Per Week

Contaminants in water could be a public health concern.  However, they may be removed from water by microbial activities.

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Survey of mental health among urban American Indians

College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
Faculty Advisor
Nick Guenzel
Contact Email
Start Date
07/01/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer; can apply for UCARE funding for Academic Year 16-17
Hours Per Week
10
This is a project to examine ethnic identity, historical trauma, discrimination, and mental health symptoms among American Indians in Lincoln. We will be conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection. Student participation may include literature reviews, participant coordination, audio transcription, building electronic surveys, etc.
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Developing and Executing Media Plan for Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research
Faculty Advisor
Justina Clark
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE stipend
Hours Per Week

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a student interested in developing and executing a media plan for the UCARE program and for the Office of Undergraduate Research as a whole. The student would create a comprehensive social media plan for AY 16-17, design marketing materials like flyers, brochures, etc., and write news releases and student profiles for the UCARE website and for submission to UNL Today and other venues. We're looking for a creative self-starter who can propose new, innovative ideas and follow through to completion.

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Study brain function and structure of children at-risk for dyslexia

Special Education and Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor
Yingying Wang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE stipend
Hours Per Week

Student learning opportunities/responsibilities would include literature searches, assisting with data processing using computer program such as Matlab, R. No prior experience is needed. Students need to be highly motivated and interested in learning new tools and knowledge about human brain.

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Nesprin (Nuclear Envelope Protein) Control of Stem Cell Fate Decision under Mechanical Stretch

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jung Yul Lim
Contact Email
Start Date
5/15/2016, but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can apply for UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
5

Nesprin is one of the LINC (Linker of Nucleoskeleton and Cytoskeleton) proteins, which is embedded at the outer nuclear membrane connecting cytoskeleton to the nucleoskeleton via perinuclear protein, Sun.

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