Research Opportunities

Educational Robot for Controls Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Benjamin Terry
Contact Email
Start Date
5/20/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-15

Off-the-shelf educational robots are commercially available; however, they are expensive and difficult to repair and maintain.

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Supporting Study to Transform En-Route Care System

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Benjamin Terry
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Start Date
1/8/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-15

We will develop and validate proof-of-concept peritoneal and thoracic microbubble oxygenation as a mitigation strategy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Previous studies have demonstrated this technology has potential to augment oxygenation via bypass of damaged lung parenchyma.

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Family Drug Court Evaluation

Center on Children, Families and the Law
Faculty Advisor
Kelli Hauptman
Contact Email
Start Date
5/8/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20

We are seeking an undergraduate student interested in research and in learning more about research in real world settings to collect data for the Lancaster County Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC) Evaluation being conducted by the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at UNL-Center on Children, Families and the Law (UNL-CCFL).  The FTDC was established by the Lancaster County Juvenile Court in 2014 as a mandatory drug court for families with allegations related to substance abuse by a parent.  Families in the FTDC track receive specialized services, more frequen

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Peer victimization & Bullying: What can parents do?

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Meredith Martin
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Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE Summer 18
Hours Per Week
20

What is the most effective thing a parent can do if they find out their middle schooler is being picked on or bullied? Do the same strategies work for different teens? What if mom and dad give different advice? How do parents decide what to do? Do parents draw on their own experiences of victimization when deciding how to support their teen? These are just some of the questions that will be explored.

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Helping Parents & Families Support Peer-Victimized Adolescents

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
1/8/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

Students will help with recruitment and data collection for a study of how families talk about peer victimization and bullying, and what parents can do to support their child when they find they've been victimized. The study includes interviews, observational tasks, and psychophysiological assessment.

Students will be able to work directly with families.

Dr. Martin is looking for students who may want to submit a UCare application to support their continued research over the summer of 2018, as well as students who wish to work during the semester.

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Automated Internet protocol testing

Computer Science and Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Lisong Xu
Contact Email
Start Date
03/01/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
5-10 (flexible)

Profs. Lisong Xu and Sebastian Elbaum are looking for an undergraduate student to participate in an interesting and cutting-edge NSF research project on automated testing and verification of network protocols. For example, if you have an Android smartphone, we have just found several bugs in the TCP protocol of Android, which is the protocol used for browsing web-pages and sending/receiving emails .

 The student will work with the professors and other students in the project starting from Spring or Summer 2018, and may continue to the fall semester.

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Drop coalescence in limited confinements

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

The goal of the research is to experimentally investigate coalescence of liquid drops (in air or immiscible liquid) in limited confinements such as Hele-Shaw cells (two-dimensional confinement). Upon touching each other, drops coalesce or merge because interfacial surface tension tries to minimize surface area between liquid and gas phases. We expect that such coalescing behaviors will be affected by how drops are confined and by surface wettability of confining surfaces.

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Fluid dynamics of toys

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

Toys offer amusement to not only kids but also adults, and various toys are based on scientific principles. The goal of this research is to find fluid dynamic principles of selected toys. Examples of such toys are soap bubble guns and liquid drop timers, both which employ the pinch-off phenomenon of bubbles and drops driven by surface tension. In this project, we will experimentally investigate fluid-dynamics-related phenomena of selected toys and understand underlying working principles.

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Data Trends Driving Food Waste

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Angela Anandappa
Contact Email
Start Date
1/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
20

Two students are needed for this project that will include gathering and formatting data into a usable format, creating reports of data and seeking out novel ways to gather new data using social media, public databases and crowdsourcing. Students will be involved in literature reviews of scientific journals and publications.

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Analysis of Science Instructional Coaching and Use of Wearable Technologies for Elementary Students STEM Learning

Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Gwen Nugent
Contact Email
Start Date
10/30/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10

Student will have the opportunity be involved in research covering a variety of instructional topics and approaches.  Responsibilities will include data collection, entry and analysis, including coding of video-recorded instructional coaching sessions using observation software.  Students will learn about educational development and research, and work with faculty from a variety of disciplines, including educational psychology, engineering, and extension.

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