Research Opportunities

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
Contact Email
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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Virus, stem cells, and human diseases

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Luwen Zhang
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Start Date
9/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

For a stem cell, the future is wide open. It can divide infinitely to create more stem cells, or it can grow up into other kinds of cells, taking its place in the heart, brain, or other organs. It’s important that stem cells be protected from infection: some of them are starting material for babies, and others make up a crucial reservoir to build or rebuild body tissues as needed. An intruder that damaged or killed stem cells would be disastrous, but how they go about protecting themselves has been a decades-long mystery.

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Project GROW: Demonstrating improved soil health and water quality on farms

Agronomy and Horticulture

Faculty Advisor
Andrea Basche
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Start Date
5/15/2020 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
Up to 40

The city of York purchased 400 acres of farmland in the 2008 as part of a wellhead protection area project to ensure safer drinking water for the community. In the summer of 2017, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District developed a project in cooperation with farmers with an ultimate goal of demonstrating improvements to soil health and drinking water quality called “Project GROW” – Growing Rotational crops On Wellfield. The active farmland included in the wellhead protection area utilizes practices such as no-till farming, cover crops, and a diversified crop rotation.

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Campus Recreation Centennial Celebration

Campus Recreation

Faculty Advisor
Amy Lanham
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Start Date
2/1/2020 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding

Campus Recreation will be celebrating 100 years of collegiate recreation at Nebraska for the 2020-21 academic year. Our department is seeking assistance in production of a video to capture recreation at the University of Nebraska over the last 100 years.

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Wearable Computer

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Eric Markvicka
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Start Date
1/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
10

Wearables have emerged as an increasingly promising interactive platform, imbuing the human body with always available computational capabilities. This unlocks a wide range of applications, including discreet information access, health monitoring, fitness, and fashion. However, most commercially available wearables are primarily composed of traditionally rigid materials (e.g., metals and hard plastics), limiting their placement to locations of low movement or flexibility (e.g. wrist).

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Historic Preservation Programming

Nebraska State Preservation Office

Faculty Advisor
Jessica Tebo
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Start Date
2/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
20

The Nebraska State Preservation Office is a state government agency that oversees the preservation of cultural and historic resources. We manage eight different programs designed to engage with the public all across the state of Nebraska. A large part of our mission is to educate communities about their rich and diverse historical resources, with the goal of empowering individuals to feel pride and ownership in these places. We are also an interdisciplinary organization. Our staff has expertise in history, architecture, GIS, state law, and archeology.

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Self-Management Interventions using Mobile Health for Patients with Multimorbidity

Nursing

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Myra Schmaderer
Contact Email
Start Date
6/3/19
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE Funding
Hours Per Week
15-20

UCARE students will assist researchers with our funded self-management intervention to address the challenge of adherence to chronic disease clinical treatment guidelines. Our 8-week self-management intervention uses tailored strategies (problem-solving, decision-making, action planning, self-tailoring, resource utilization and forming a patient-provider partnership) and a mobile health app. Patients enrolled must be diagnosed with heart failure, COPD, diabetes or hypertension and have at least one other chronic disease to participate in the study.

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