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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Fluidic channel device development for root-microorganism interaction study

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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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
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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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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
Volunteer
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
Fall 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
Contact Email
Start Date
Summer 2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20-40
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
Contact Email
Start Date
Summer 2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20

Expanding the knowledge of where and when the northern long-eared bat and other bat species are in Nebraska is important to conserve the species and not unnecessarily hinder development and management of our natural resources.  On May 4, 2015, the U.S.

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