Research Opportunities

Ethnography of Corporate Social Responsibility

Global Studies
Faculty Advisor
Emira Ibrahimpasic
Contact Email
Start Date
8/20/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

This research examines how individual recipients who are beneficiaries of corporate social responsibility projects understand the benefits and goals of the initiative.  In addition, the project looks at the ways in which corporations perceive the impact and benefits of this investment and whether or not this is a long-term policy that should be adapted by all corporations.

 Students will provide support in following areas:

1. identify, read and analyze articles and books on the impact of corporate social responsibility on donor companies and individual recipients

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CVD Polymeric matrix for charge storage

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Siamak Nejati
Contact Email
Start Date
8/21/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer

In this project, we utilize a novel CVD system to deposit organic-inorganic materials for energy storage. Interested Applicants please see Dr. Nejati for more detail.

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Computed tomography analysis of porosity in desert soils

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Judith Turk
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

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A quantitative method for determining soil texture by feel

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Judith Turk
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

Evaluating the soil texture by feel is an important field skill in soil science, but it is difficult to learn.  Most texture-by-feel methods use flow charts for keys to guide the user to identify the correct textural class.  This project focuses on the development of quantitative methods for texture by feel, which guide the user to determine percentages of sand, silt, and clay.  There are opportunities for the student to be involved in soil analysis and/or studies of student learning.

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Depressional soils in eastern Nebraska

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Judith Turk
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

Loess-filled depressions are common in eastern Nebraska, but little is known about the soil-forming processes associated with these features.  The goals of this study are to evaluate the variation of soil horizons within depressions, the expression of E horizons, and evidence of recent sedimentation.  There are opportunities for the student researcher to be involved in field sampling and description of soils, as well as laboratory analysis.

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Healthy Food Retail Initiatives

Nutrition and Health Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Liza Franzen-Castle
Contact Email
Start Date
5/15/2108
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
5-10

There are many different project opportunities available with Nebraska Extension’s Food, Nutrition and Health faculty, depending on student interest, which are related to healthy food access including food insecurity.

Students would be involved in assisting with and be trained in doing nutrition education events and data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

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Implantable Perfusion Pump for Advanced Tissue Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jung Yul Lim
Contact Email
Start Date
8/20/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
5-10

Tissue engineering suffers from the lack of vascular integration within the engineered scaffold. A perfusion pump embedded inside the scaffold may help supply nutrients to engineered tissues until the vascular network is established. In this project, a pump with no moving parts will be designed to be implanted inside the scaffold: the pump would have a cavity that resonates with mechanical signals such as ultrasound for pumping. The student will design and fabricate such implantable pump with the guidance of research staff in the lab.

 

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Virus Cancer Interactions

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Luwen Zhang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

Viruses can contribute to the development of several human cancers and constitute 15–30% of human cancers with geographic variation. Approximately 200,000 new cancer cases every year are associated with Epstein–Barr virus (EBV). The current interests are the host-herpesvirus interactions, and our research will be a blend of virology, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, and pathology.

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Biodiveristy and Change in Nebraska's Forests

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Sabrina E. Russo
Contact Email
Start Date
5/7/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
10-20 (academic year); 40 (summer)

Nebraska's forests house a diversity of herbs, trees, and wildlife, but they are rapidly changing due to environmental stresses, such as altered fire and climate regimes, invasive species, and drought.  The goal of this project is to monitor these changes in order to develop effective conservation and management strategies. The work involves mapping trees in Nebraska's forests and taking measurements in order to monitor the growth and survival of trees and and herbaceous understory plants, so that the responses to environmental stress can be quantified.

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Remote Sensing of Civil Infrastructure

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Richard Wood
Contact Email
Start Date
3/15/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
20 hours per week but flexible

My research group is looking for a motivated undergraduate student to assist in the field data collection of remote sensing for civil infrastructure.  This includes collecting both lidar scanning and unmanned aerial system data of roadways, bridges, buildings, etc.  Work would involve both field collection and data processing.  Date and hours are flexible, please inquire by email.

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