Research Opportunities

Wakara's America

Classics and Religious Studies

Faculty Advisor
Max Mueller
Contact Email
Start Date
2/1/19
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

I am looking for a student (or students) with excellent research and editing
skills to work with me on my biography of Wakara, the Ute warrior chief,
slavetrader, and nation builder. (see the description of the project here:

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Typology of Gaps in the Education System

Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Faculty Advisor
Amanda Garrett
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Start Date
5/6/19 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
20

So ubiquitous is the phrase “achievement gap” in both the education literature as well as in popular culture that it is symbolic of the historic and systemic inequities that persist. In theory, identification of achievement gaps should inform directions for equitable solutions. However, action drawing on such data has lagged, both locally and nationally. New “gaps” are now proliferating the education lexicon. Understanding how authors and researchers are conceptualizing these gaps has implications for both measurement and practice to ultimately advance the field.

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Web Developer for the George Eliot Archive Project

English

Faculty Advisor
Beverley Rilett
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Start Date
September 2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

Seeking undergraduate WEB DEVELOPER for the GEORGE ELIOT ARCHIVE Project for Academic Year 2019-2020.

Join our digital humanities project where you will gain excellent experience managing and expanding two simple, related websites, the George Eliot Review Online, https://georgeeliotreview.org/ and the newly created George Eliot Archive, http://georgeeliotarchive.org.

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Definitions of Water Quality

Psychology

Faculty Advisor
Ashley Votruba
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Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

What does “water quality” mean to you? Chances are, if you ask three different people how to define the term, you would get three different answers. Perhaps to you it means the chemicals in the water, while to another it means whether or not one can swim in the water. In this project, we are determining how different groups of people define “water quality” and what this means for how decision-makers and stakeholders approach policy and management practices.

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Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Youth Children

Center for Children, Families and the Law

Faculty Advisor
Matthew Carlson
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
20

We are looking for research assistants to help with data collection and management in a variety of projects including testing a family treatment drug court track in the Lancaster County Juvenile Court, implementing Child-Parent Psychotherapy with trained clinicians, and evaluating the use of Reflective Practice among professionals working with at-risk parents and children to reduce burnout and turnover. More information about these and other projects can be found at https://www.nebraskababies.com/projects.

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Utilization of CO2 to improve recycled concrete aggregate (RCA)

Civil Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Seunghee Kim
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Start Date
1/7/2019, flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

As new infrastructure construction continues, demands on raw materials will rise. In the meantime, a huge volume of demolition waste is being generated, particularly waste concrete.

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Self-Management in Heart Failute: mHealth Interventions

Nursing

Faculty Advisor
Myra Schmaderer PhD, RN
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Start Date
5/13/2019 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
15-20

The purpose of this research study is to promote self-management in a chronic heart failure (HF) population to improve adherence to treatment guidelines using a mobile health app.  We will evaluate the feasibility of an 8-week self-management intervention using tailored strategies including problem solving, decision-making, and action planning. Daily messages, self-monitoring activities and real time virtual visits are included in the intervention.  The UCARE student will assist in patient enrollment, data collection and troubleshooting technology devices.

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Soft-Matter Robotic Material

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Eric Markvicka
Contact Email
Start Date
6/3/2019 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
20

Students will re-engineer traditionally rigid robots and machines using intrinsically soft materials (elastomers, gels, and fluids) to create the next generation of soft robots and machines that are safe for human interaction. We are specifically working on creating soft robots and stretchable electronics that are highly robust and exhibit the extraordinary resilience of biological tissue.

 We are looking for students interested in learning more about embedded electronics, multifunctional materials, and robotics.

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The Nobel Prizes in the Natural Sciences as Proxy for National Scientific Strength: A Data-Based Approach

History

Faculty Advisor
David Cahan
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Start Date
6/1/2019 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10-20

I am looking for someone with skills in using data-base systems, especially relational databases. The individual will need to be able to work with (or teach her/himself) MS Excel and MS Access, API, JSON, CSV files, and perhaps more. There will also be data-entry work.

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The Niobrara River Project

School of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Jessica Corman
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Start Date
6/1/2019, flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

The Niobrara River is one of the mid-West's only National Scenic Rivers. The swiftly flowing waters are important habitats for many plants and animals and provide abundant recreational opportunities for tourists and visitors. This project seeks to understand the ecology of the Niobrara River ecosystem, specifically the quality of the water in the river and the streams that flow into it from surrounding fields or rangelands.

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