Research Opportunities

Roadside Safety Engineering and Crash Testing

Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Faculty Advisor
Jennifer Schmidt
Contact Email
Start Date
May 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 during School Year; up to 40 during Summer

Undergraduate civil and mechanical engineers with an interest in vehicle crash testing, vehicle dynamics, structural engineering, and roadside safety are needed to work on several projects. Projects include design and analysis of bridge rails and decks, guardrail systems, crash cushions, and projects sponsored by the Department of Defense, and undergraduate students will assistant the research team in completing these projects. Brand new safety systems could also be developed.

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FunWritr Literacy and Language Learning Project (AI Programming, HCI Design, & Education Research)

Learning Teaching & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
Contact Email
Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-10

There are three different positions*:

      1. Server-side programmer: refactoring + special projects (python, NLTK, APIs, AI & NLP algorithms)

      2. Human Computer Interface Designer & Client Side programmer: redesign (html5, swift, flash builder)

      3. Literacy and Language Learning Researcher (research design, fieldwork, data analysis, write up)

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HEART Camp: Examining Exercise Adherence

College of Nursing, UNL campus
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Duncan, PhD
Contact Email
Start Date
Fall 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Faculty in the College of Nursing are researching exercise adherence among a special population of patients with heart failure. The undergraduate researcher will work with nursing faculty members and a qualitative researcher to complete the required research on exercise adherence.

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Fluidic channel device development for root-microorganism interaction study

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
Fall
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

The goal of the research is to develop mini-/micro-scale fluidic devices to enable observing interactions between plant root and microorganisms. Although such interactions are critical for plant growth, understanding of underlying physical mechanism is limited because of nontransparent soil environment. To enable visually observing the interaction, we develop transparent fluid channel devices to accommodate seed germination and root growth under controlled environment.

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Drop/bubble coalescence in limited confinements

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
Fall or Summer
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

The goal of the research is to experimentally investigate coalescence of liquid drops (in air) or air bubbles (in liquid) in limited confinements such as Hele-Shaw cells (two-dimensional confinement). Upon touching each other, drops/bubbles coalesce or merge because interfacial surface tension tries to minimize surface area between liquid and gas phases. We expect that such coalescing behaviors will be affected by how drops/bubbles are confined and by surface wettability of confining surfaces.

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Limiting Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment by Developing Good Agricultural Practices

Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Xu Li
Contact Email
Start Date
August 15, 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health on a global scale.

Livestock production is a cornerstone of life in America’s agricultural heartland.  However, the use of antibiotics on livestock creates the potential for the spread of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the surrounding environment.  The project is to identify specific sustainable farming practices that can reduce the spread of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in agricultural settings.

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Microbial Degradation of Contaminants in Water

Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Xu Li
Contact Email
Start Date
August 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Contaminants in water could be a public health concern.  However, they may be removed from water by microbial activities.  This research project focuses on investigating the mechanisms that microbes use to degrade these contaminants.

The undergraduate researcher will work with a graduate student to operate batch reactors and monitor the degradation of contaminants over time.

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Getting Ready: Families and Schools as Partners

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Susan Sheridan
Contact Email
Start Date
Mid-August, 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10

Faculty in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools are engaged in research to investigate the effectiveness of parent engagement and family-school interventions to support preschool children’s school readiness, including social-emotional and cognitive outcomes. We are looking for an undergraduate student to be part of our research team.

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WearTec: A E-textiles Project for Middle School Youth

Nebraska Center for Youth on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Gwen Nugent
Contact Email
Start Date
Fall 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10
Seeking a student to work on a middle school youth project teaching students about science and technology through making electronic textiles products (t-shirt, quilt, banner).  The student will be involved in preparing research materials; doing data collection, entry, and analysis; and assisting in preparation of presentations, publications, and reports.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational development and research, as well as e-textiles.  They will work with faculty from multiple disciplines, specifically educational psychology, curriculum and instruct
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Nebraska Legal History Project

History
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky
Contact Email
Start Date
August 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10
Students will work in partnership with Prof. Jagodinsky and staff at the Nebraska State Archive to review nineteenth-century criminal and civil legal records. In the Fall semester, students will compile a database of records and in the Spring semester, students will select legal cases corresponding to their academic interests for their own research project. This project is ideal for students in the humanities and/or social sciences and will prepare you for a senior research capstone in a number of majors, including history of course. Prof.
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