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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.