Research Opportunities

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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Ultrasonic Evaluation of Thick Steel-Concrete Composite Wall

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jinying Zhu
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Start Date
10/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

My research group is currently looking for one or two highly motivated undergraduate researchers to assist research projects in NDT lab in civil engineering.  We develop and use advanced ultrasonic sensing technologies to identify defects and characterize damage in steel and concrete structures.

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The Peer Ethology Project (PEP)

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
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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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Treatment of air pollution at ethanol plants

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/4/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

This is an air pollution application using bacteria. The overall goal of this study is to minimize water and energy utilization as part of emissions control at ethanol plant by studying the feasibility of biotrickling filters (BTF) as a green biological alternative. BTF utilization has the potential of water quantity reduction to 1/20 of that of the scrubber.

 

You will be assisting a masters student working on this project. Tasks include: operation and maintenance and measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Biological System For The Treatment Of Nitrate And Atrazine From Groundwater In Rural Areas Using Immobilized Algae

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The main project goal is to improve the drinking water quality in rural regions that use groundwater as water source while producing valuable biomass, which can be used as a sustainable energy resource. The objective is to develop and evaluate the performance of a low-cost system using immobilized algal cells for nitrate and atrazine uptake.

 You will be assisting a PhD student working on this project. Tasks include: growing algae, manufacturing immobilization medium, measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Collective Impact in Rural Nebraska

Educational Administration
Faculty Advisor
Sarah Zuckerman
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Contribute to research through the preparation of data, including transcription and creation of data files. Opportunities to engage in analytic discussions of the data to identify emerging themes with faculty and graduate assistant.

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