Research Opportunities

Investigation of students' understanding of light-matter interactions

Chemistry
Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate in my research group will participate in investigating students' understanding of light and matter interactions. This will involve conducting qualitative interviews with students and transcribing and analyzing those interviews.

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Development and testing of argumentation prompts in chemistry

Chemistry
Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate researcher in my group will be designing writing tasks to elicit scientific argumentation from chemistry students. This will involve reading primary literature, designing tasks, administering the prompts to students, collecting and analyzing students.

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Development of an educational video game on corn-water-ethanol-beef nexus

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeyamkondan Subbiah
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

This project uses systems thinking and interdisciplinary integration approaches to develop a novel immersive educational simulation game and associated materials designed to highlight the role and importance of corn-water-ethanol-beef (CWEB) systems in supporting the ever increasing demands for food, energy, and water in the United States.

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Linux Admin

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Tomas Helikar
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20

We are looking for an ambitious student who loves linux and unix to help us support our software engineering team as a Linux Server Admin. Our group works at the interface of computer science, biology, and mathematics by applying computational approaches to the seas of data in biomedical research. One of the main interests of our group is the development of technologies to make large-scale computational approaches accessible and more collaborative to a wider scientific audience, as well as to life sciences students who may or may not have been exposed to computational methods before.

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Bioinformatic and genomic methods in small RNA profiling

Nebraska Center for Virology
Faculty Advisor
Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
20

Implementation of design of genomic and bioinformatics approaches to analyze protein, transcript and small RNA sequencing data.

Requirements:

- Knowledge and/or strong interest in bioinformatics, computational biology or genomics.

- Knowledge and/or strong interest python or perl programming, bash, linux.

-  Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.

Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encourage to apply.

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Project SPaRK (Supportive Parents and Resilient Kids)

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
8/27/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-8

Project SPaRK is a study of what parents do to support youth who've experienced peer victimization. If you are interested in working with families, this is the study for you!

 Undergraduate research assistants will be trained to work directly with families (i.e., mom, dad, and teen), including recruitment, running interaction tasks, and conducting semi-structured interviews with both parents and youth. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate school for clinical, developmental, or school psychology or related field.

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The Pregnancy Project

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
8/27/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-8

Undergraduate research assistants will be trained to complete behavioral observations of pregnant couples during a discussion task. This entails learning to code emotions, behaviors, and relationship dynamics through observation. The goal is to examine ways in which couples support one another during pregnancy and whether these strategies help to promote continued marital satisfaction and supportive parenting post-partum.

 This is an excellent opportunity for students planning to pursue graduate school in clinical, developmental, or school psychology, or a related field.

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Designing Active, Healthy, Walkable Community: Human-Centric Sensing Platform to Assess Neighborhood Physical Disorder

Community and Regional Planning Faculty
Faculty Advisor
Yunwoo Nam
Contact Email
Start Date
8/15/18
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
11-17

We are seeking undergraduate students who are interested in research involving Active, Livable, and Sustainable Communities. The physical environment of a neighborhood significantly affects a resident’s quality of life. Our project endeavors to create a healthier, more active Lincoln community by improving the walking opportunities available to area residents.

This project provides creative approaches for identify community needs and problems.

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Biological treatment of ethanol production byproduct (Thin Stillage) using mixotrophic algae and bacteria

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

Every liter of ethanol produced generates about 5 L of stillage. The liquid portion (thin stillage) is rich in nutrients and sugars. The goal of the project is to remove the carbon dioxide generated from the fermentation scrubber while treating the thin stillage stream. CO2 will be used as a carbon source to promote a combined immobilized growth of algae and bacteria in the thin stillage. The treatment of thin stillage will result in the generation of biogas; either methane or hydrogen gas.

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Treatment of contaminated groundwater using immobilized algae

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10

The overall goal of the experiments is to improve the quality of drinking water. This study will examine the removal of contamination related to agricultural practices from water; specifically nitrate and atrazine. These detrimental compounds are easily ingested through the use of fertilizers in agriculture and have been proven to cause negative effects to the human body.

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