Research Opportunities

Nebraska's Forests: Biodiversity and Change

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Sabrina E. Russo
Contact Email
Start Date
4/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19
Hours Per Week
Spring: 10; Summer: Full-time

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 research involves using surveying equipment to map trees in Nebraska's forests in the Niobrara River Valley and then take measurements to monitor the growth and survival of trees, so that the responses to environmental stress can be quantified.

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MABUSE Internship

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Start Date
Immediate
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-19

The Social Network Research Group (SNRG) is building a distributed system for epidemic simulation as part of the MABUSE Project.  We are looking to hire two motivated and creative part-time Software Engineers to be part of the project’s dynamic Simulator development team.  If selected, you will begin by familiarizing yourself with the system and its code, and then help us by developing software modules for MABUSE in C#. Qualified candidates will be students at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with an interest in a software development career.

 Responsibilities:

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ODIN Internship

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Start Date
Immediate
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-19

The Social Network Research Group (SNRG) is building a distributed system for social network data collection and analysis as part of its ODIN Project.  We are looking to hire two motivated and creative part-time Software Engineers to be part of the project’s dynamic Android development team.  If selected, you will begin by familiarizing yourself with the system and code, and then help us improve ODIN by coding full stack end-to-end automation tests in Java.

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Motility and Adhesion by Clostridium perfringens

Food Science and Technology / Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Kurt Piepenbrink
Contact Email
Start Date
10/15/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
10

This goal of this project is to understand how Clostridium perfringens uses extracellular appendages to move across solid surfaces and adhere to host cells. In particular we are interested in the type IV pilus of C. perfringens, a bacterial extracellular appendage found in many gram-negative enteric pathogens but largely uncharacterized in gram-positive species, including C. perfringens. Working with a collaborating group at Virginia Tech, we hope to characterize the structure and function of the C.

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Identification of the Chemical Components of Soybean Seed and Sprout Related to Anti-inflammatory Activity

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Kaustav Majumder
Contact Email
Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
15

The overall goal of the project is to improve the health beneficial effect of soybean-derived bioactive food molecules in reducing the prevalence of chronic metabolic diseases. To this end, the objective of this proposed project is to identify the bioactive molecules in soybean and its sprout which may potentially exhibit anti-inflammatory activities in human gastric epithelial cells.

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Metallic Structures in Space Environment

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Bai Cui
Contact Email
Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in Fall 2018, some funding available from mini grant for future and apply for UCARE funding for Summer 19 or AY 19-20
Hours Per Week
10

My lab is developing novel materials for extreme environments in aerospace applications. Undergraduate researchers in this project can learn to use novel laser technologies to manufacture new materials, and advanced microscopy and mechanical testing techniques.

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Self-Regulation Development in Preschool and Elementary School Classrooms

Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jenna Finch
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
Minimum of 6

Children's self-regulation of their attention and behaviors are important predictors of their academic and social success. This project seeks to understand what aspects of children's classroom environments support the development of their self-regulation skills.

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The Adana Massacres

History
Faculty Advisor
Bedross Der Matossian
Contact Email
Start Date
1/10/19 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in Spring 19, can apply for UCARE for future funding

I am looking for a student with excellent research and editing skills to work with me on my book project dealing with the Massacres of Adana. The task of the student would be: editing, proof-reading, fact-checking, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and scanning and copying material.

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Using Neuroimaging to assist Cochlear Implant Programming

Special Education and Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor
Yingying Wang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19
Hours Per Week
20

Students will get to learn about Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNRIs) and how we can use fNRIs to help predict the outcomes of Cochlear implant that is device used by individuals with profound hearing loss.

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Energy Storage using Geotechnical Pipe Foundation

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Seunghee Kim
Contact Email
Start Date
10/01/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is an emerging energy storage option to address the imbalance between renewable energy production and energy demand.

The pipe pile foundation, one of the common types of geotechnical structures, can be used to store compressed air in it. There needs an in-depth experimental study to demonstrate the feasibility of such a new idea to store energy.

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