Arts and Sciences

Vulnerability of Structural Systems to Natural Hazards

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
Contact Email
Start Date
1/1/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20

The overarching goal of this research group is to identify and quantify vulnerability of structural systems (e.g. buildings, bridges, mechanical equipment, agricultural components, etc.) to natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tornadoes, etc) and to further design methods of mitigation. Studies within this research group include field reconnaissance following nearby tornadic activity, computer simulations of structures to extreme loads, and experimentation of structures in the laboratory.

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Teaching Young English Learners

Teaching Learning and Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Guy Trainin
Contact Email
Start Date
9/30/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6

We are looking for students interested in helping young English learners acquire language quickly so they can be integrated into their school. In this project you will  support elementary English learners’ vocabulary learning skills as they read widely in academic settings. You will work with a small group of elementary English language learners three time a week, 40-45 minutes per session, for a total of about 6 weeks. You will receive training to do it.

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The Peer Ethology Project (PEP)

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
1/8/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
4-6

The Peer Ethology Project (PEP) is designed to better understand social power dynamics, aggression, and victimization among children with a history of maltreatment. Is there a benefit to employing aggressive behavior for at-risk youth? In what ways do traumatic family experiences spill over into children's peer relationships? Undergraduate research assistants will have an opportunity to work directly with Dr. Martin, learning to observe and evaluate video-records of peer interactions.

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Romantic Attachment in Pregnant Couples

Educational Psychology and Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
1/8/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
4-6

The birth of a child is an important transition for any romantic relationship. Prior research suggests that the stress of the experience can put substantial strain on couples. This study is designed to investigate the relationship dynamics that promote healthy romantic partnerships during and following pregnancy. Undergraduate research assistants will work directly with Dr. Martin to observe pregnant couples' behavior during a video-recorded interaction task.

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Highly Sensitive Child observations

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Contact Email
Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10 (flexible)

Volunteers will work on a project being conducted in partnership with colleagues at Queen Mary University to develop an observation protocol for use in early childhood classrooms to identify children who are highly sensitive. High sensitivity is a temperament trait; highly sensitive individuals process their environment more deeply, have heightened empathy, and are more sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as noise or light. In short, they are more easily overwhelmed than those with lower sensitivity.

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Teacher interactions with children with mental illness

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Contact Email
Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
5-10

This student will read and search for articles on mental illness in the classroom and teachers' understanding/training in mental illness. The student will likely assist with data collection (surveys) and data entry, some data analysis (with assistance), writing and presenting results.

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Neurobiological Study of Bullying

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Hideo Suzuki
Contact Email
Start Date
8/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The Brain, Emotion and Education (BEE) Lab at the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for research assistants interested in social and affective neuroscience in children.  In collaboration with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3), our research seeks to explore the dynamics of brain-environment interaction in bullying behavior.  Starting from Fall 2017, we will begin to examine the structural and functional brain alterations, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokine levels of bully perpetrators, compared to non-bullies.  Research assistants will be expecte

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Role of Organelle-localized Lys63-Linked Ubiquitination in Plant Immunity

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Lirong Zeng
Contact Email
Start Date
6/5/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
35-40

This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award-supported summer intern research opportunity. The incumbent for this position will be provided with research training in the field of molecular plant-microbe interactions in the lab for 8 - 10 weeks in the summer with a stipend of ~ $4000 paid by the grant. The student will learn the latest, cutting-edge techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and plant pathology. The eligibility for such student is listed below.  Please contact me by email if you are interested.

 Eligibility

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Care Transition Program using Smart Technology

College of Nursing
Faculty Advisor
Myra Schmaderer Phd, RN
Contact Email
Start Date
8/11/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE

Patients with heart failure are frequently readmitted to the hospital.  Approximately one-fourth of these re-admisssions are potentially preventable.  Adherence to suggested disease management behaviors is crucial to improve patient outcomes such as hospital re-admisssion.  I am piloting the delivery of a self-management care transition intervention that uses a technology platform to improve adherence.

   I am interested in 1-2 students who would like to be actively involved in research involving chronically ill patients with heart failure.

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Grass-root microbiomes

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Sabrina Russo
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

We are looking for one or two dedicated students (research for credits or UCARE) to participate in our grass-root microbiome project. In this project, we compare root architecture, root anatomy and associated micro-organisms of 20 native Nebraskan grass species. Taking part in this project includes working with plants in the greenhouse, harvesting their roots, and measuring various functional traits describing root architecture and anatomy.

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