Research Opportunities

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

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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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

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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Science of Soap Bubble Blowing

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE

The goal of the project is to find fluid dynamic principles of soap bubble blowing. A typical soap bubble toy consists of water with detergent to lower surface tension and a ring to form soap film.

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Bohemian Cemetery Master Plan

Landscape Architecture
Faculty Advisor
Richard K. Sutton
Contact Email
Start Date
8/30/16, can be flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer

Work with faculty mentor and the Bohemian Cemetery Board to analyze the Cemetery site (Omaha), identify and articulate design and management goals and suggest alternatives for the future of the cemetery.

Introductory landscape architectural design courses mandatory and GIS experience useful.

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America in Africa: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919

History & Ethnic Studies
Faculty Advisor
Jeannette Eileen Jones
Contact Email
Start Date
8/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10
The research assistant will find historical articles in American newspapers, journals, and magazines that address key events and moments surrounding the "African Question" from 1847-1919. They include: the Independence of Liberia, the Brussels Geographic Conference of 1876, the Berlin Conference of 1884, the Brussels Conference of 1890, the Congo Controversy, and the Versailles Conference of 1919.
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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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Interactions between rice blast fungus and rice-leaf-mimicking surfaces

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE

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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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 foliar and root fungal pathogens (biotrophs & necrotrophs) to determine diversity in the populations. Using appropriate isolates to screen crop plant lines, especially dry beans, for resistance to the specific pathogen isolates. Molecular tools will be used to trace the movement of foliar fungal pathogen isolates across states/countries. The lab has state, national and international goals to improve food security.

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Development of Web-based Interactive Curriculum for Healthy Eating in Child Care

Child, Youth and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Dipti Dev
Contact Email
Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
Up to 10 hours/week

The Healthy Eating in Child Care project involves development of a web-based interactive curriculum with video clips and supporting materials for educating child care teachers about healthful eating strategies for preschool children (2-5y). During this research project, the student will receive training and hands-on experience for conducting literature review, using citation management software, qualitative data analysis, writing video scrips, and evaluating the developed materials using formative assessment.

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