Research Opportunities

Efficient Evacuation of Eastern Nebraskans in Response to Flooding and Other Unanticipated Events

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Jason Hawkins
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Start Date
11/01/2021
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
10

Flooding and other unanticipated events resulting directly (or indirectly) from climate change have significant impacts on the efficient functioning of transportation networks. In response to such events, it is often necessary to evacuate local populations to ensure their safety. These evacuations can place an atypical demand on roadways. This project seeks to simulate and assess these impacts for eastern Nebraska. A wider analysis will consider resilience measures.

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Chicken & Egg: Electric Vehicle Adoption

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Jason Hawkins
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Start Date
01/01/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
10

Electric vehicles adoption is anticipated to constitute a major component of decarbonization in the United States. However, many households remain hesitant to purchase an EV due to "range anxiety" and a lack of available charging infrastructure. On the other hand, both public and private sector actors are reticent to invest in infrastructure without a known demand source. The federal infrastructure package currently under review includes $7.5 billion for EV infrastructure.

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Computational models for artificial micro-robots

Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Prof. Nitesh Nama
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Start Date
10/10/2021
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

This project will involve modeling the physics of artificial microfluidic robots using concepts from mathematical modeling, acoustics, and microfluidics. Undergraduates with strong interest in physics/math/programming are encouraged to apply.

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Viral Control of Stem Cell Fate

Biochemistry, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Lindsey Crawford
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Start Date
1/18/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding, Paid by faculty funding, or Volunteer.
Hours Per Week
10

Our lab studies how viruses manipulate the human immune system. Specifically, we are focused on how HCMV (a common human herpesvirus) infects and controls hematopoietic stem cells (the foundational cell for the immune system). Projects in the lab address fundamental questions about viral biology, stem cell biology, and immune system development, and students will learn to use tools and techniques from biochemistry, virology, immunology, and stem cell biology.

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3D Tissue Fabrication for Skin Regeneration

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Ruiguo Yang
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Start Date
11/10/21
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
20

The project aims to use 3D bioprinting to fabricate in vitro tissue models. Specifically, the ongoing work is to recreate a 3D layered skin tissue. The research work will take advantage of the different types of state-of-the-art 3D tissue printing platforms to contribute to the broad literature of biotechnology. In addition, the students will learn tissue culture and regeneration, biological characterization, advanced microscopy as well as engineering design.

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Surveying the structures of US water governance

School of Global Integrative Studies

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Patrick Bitterman
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Start Date
9/20/21
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

Water flows within a watershed and does not respect political boundaries (e.g., national or state borders). Yet, much of US water governance is based upon human-imposed delineations of the landscape. For example, in many places, county-level governments are responsible for managing the water that flows through their jurisdictions. This mismatch between hydrology and units of governance can result in the mismanagement of important (and often scarce) water resources.

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Developing a Smart Phone Application for Radio Telemetry

School of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Mark Vrtiska
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Start Date
5/1/21
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

Radio telemetry is an important and widely-used tool for wildlife biologists in obtaining information on animal movements, survival, and habitat use. Typically, radio telemetry consists of locating an individual animal by “tri-angulating” – i.e., using a radio-receiver and antenna and taking 3 or more bearings and then determining its location at the intersection of the bearings. Accurate locations are required and need to be taken in an expeditious manner (which decreases either the extent or probability the animal moves).

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PAIN Design-Build (Eastern Redcedar Microdwelling and The Backlot-Backloop Projects)

Architecture

Faculty Advisor
Jason Griffiths
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Start Date
6/1/21
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can apply for UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
20 hr/week in summer, 10 hr/week in academic year

Two projects available:

Eastern Redcedar Design-Build Microdwelling

This application seeks students to help complete construction drawings for Eastern Redcedar Design-Build Microdwelling. This project NET grant-funded project is the latest in a series of collaborations between UNL’s College of Architecture “design-build” program and Cedar Point Biostation in Ogallala. Other collaborations include the completion of the ACSA award-wining Baxa Cabin in 2018.

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Story, Worlds, + Speculative Design Lab

Center for Emerging Media Arts

Faculty Advisor
Ash Eliza Smith
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Start Date
6/1/21
Paid or Volunteer
May begin immediately for hourly wage, UCARE funding begins June 1
Hours Per Week
20 hr/week in summer, 10 hr/week in academic year

Seeking an interdisciplinary cohort of undergraduate researchers, designers, coders, thinkers, innovators and creative makers. Join this unique opportunity to be a member of this new lab within the Center for Emerging Media Arts on the UNL campus.

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Micropump System for Breast Cancer Cell Migration Study

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Jung Yul Lim
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Start Date
8/31/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

Fluid flow-induced shear stress environment is an important regulatory cue in breast cancer cell migration and resultant metastasis. For example, interstitial flow from elevated pressures in tumors has been implicated in breast cancer cell migration. Despite the important role of flow situation in regulating these processes, the mechanical to biochemical signal transduction (mechanotransduction) pathways in the cancer cell remains to be elucidated.

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