Research Opportunities

The Ecology of Nebraska Lakes and Streams

School of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisor
Jessica Corman
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Start Date
06/01/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

Lakes and streams in Nebraska not only provide important habitats for birds and fish, but they also recharge groundwater that is used for irrigation and drinking water. The quality of lake and stream water is dependent, in part, on the nutrients in it. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus – often from surrounding fields or rangeland – can impair stream water, as well as lead to eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems. However, streams can also process these nutrients, minimizing the risks to eutrophication.

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Social Media Analysis Project

College of Journalism & Mass Communications

Faculty Advisor
Bryan Wang
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Start Date
08/20/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

I am looking for UCARE students for the summer of 2022 or the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Analysis of a Fremont Flaked Stone Artifact Assemblage

Anthropology, SGIS

Faculty Advisor
Phil Geib
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Start Date
08/22/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

Artifacts made by flaking stone are the oldest tools that archaeologists recover, dating back to more than 3 million years. Flaked stone tools continued to be essential in North America until after European contact. This project involves the analysis of flaked stone artifacts from a Fremont habitation site in Utah. You will work closely with the faculty advisor to learn about and conduct the analysis of lithic artifacts from the Hoyt Site, a habitation occupied between AD 900 and 1200.

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Testing FPGA-based Internet Protocol

School of Computing

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

There is an emerging interest in smart (or programmable) network hardware for new Internet applications and architectures, such as machine learning, edge computing, data centers, Internet of Things, and Virtual/Augmented Reality. One example of smart network hardware is SmartNIC that offloads network protocols from CPUs to FPGA on network interface cards. However, there are big differences between traditional CPU-based software implementations and new FPGA-based hardware implementations of network protocols.

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Machine Learning for Predicting Earthquake Loads by Precariously Balanced Rocks

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
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Start Date
05/16/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

Critical infrastructure needs to be designed considering the extreme hazards that may present over its lifetime, including earthquakes. However, the loads imparted on structures due to very rare and significant earthquakes are largely unknown. This project aims to address this knowledge gap by harnessing what are known as precariously balanced rocks (PBRs). PBRs are naturally occurring rocky features that have eroded into structurally precarious or fragile positions.

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Nebraska Center for Virology Website Research

Nebraska Center for Virology

Faculty Advisor
Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
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Start Date
12/01/2021
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding
Hours Per Week
Up to 20

The Nebraska Center for Virology (NCV) is seeking a student who is willing to engage in research related to science communications while developing its web site as a model of science communication practices. There is a website for the entire NCV and is the main assignment. Within NCV there are individual laboratories, each one with its own website.

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Animal Chemoreceptors

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Hideaki Moriyama
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Start Date
11/29/2021
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6

We study animal behavior from the characteristics of receptors for chemical substances. I am seeking help with the ongoing research on carbon dioxide sensors for insects. No lab experience required. You need a responsible attitude as a scientist. I would like you to belong for 2 semesters or more.

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Community-based Research, Southern Ethiopia/Zambia (Group project: Food Security/Health/Nutrition, Individual Interest Research)

Nutrition and Health Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Mary S. Willis
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Start Date
05/15/2022
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

Summer 22 UCARE slots only with Education Abroad Program. 

The summer 2022 program will likely take place in two of Zambia’s nine provinces, Southern and Eastern, as Ethiopia is not currently on the State Department’s travel list.

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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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