Research Opportunities

Nanoscale behavior of polymers

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Joseph Turner
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Start Date
2/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

The study of the new materials requires measurements at the micro- and nanoscales. The interphase of the composite materials, biological cells, and 2D materials are just some examples that illustrate the demand for of the measurement techniques at small scales. Nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are two popular techniques which can be applied for characterization of mechanical properties. More specifically, polymers (synthetic and bio-based) exhibit time-dependent behavior that is more challenging to quantify.

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Sand Hills Stream Water Quality: implications for downstream users

School of Natural Resources/Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Troy Gilmore
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Start Date
5/9/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
20+

The export of DOC from the Sand Hills may have major implications for downstream water quality. Recent studies have shown an inverse relationship between organic carbon and nitrate across a wide range of environments (Taylor and Townsend, 2010), including streams draining a broad range of terrestrial settings. We hypothesize that water originating in the Sand Hills is relatively low in nitrate due to sufficient DOC supply.

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Nanoscale understanding of polymers for sustainable energy applications

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Shudipto Konika Dishari
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Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
20 max, can vary depending on your availability

Ion containing polymers or ionomers are widely used in many renewable energy based applications which can help us to achieve clean energy economy. Ionomers in several tens of nanometer (nm) thick films behave very differently as compared to several tens of micron thick bulk membranes. The polymer chains and water molecules when confined in sub-micron systems, the ion conduction properties drastically decrease influencing the efficiency of many energy applications, such as fuel cells, water electrolysis, supercapacitors and many more.

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Enhancing Diagnosis of Veterinary Livestock Pathogens

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Dustin Loy
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Start Date
1/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-15 during the school year, 40 over the summer

This project focuses on enhancing diagnosis and diagnostic testing for respiratory and ocular pathogens of cattle and enteric pathogens of swine.  The student would work to develop and validate proteomic and molecular diagnostic techniques including MALDI-TOF Mass spectrometry, Real Time PCR, and other immunodiagnostic tools.  A student with an interest in microbiology and/or veterinary medicine that would have summer availability is sought.  Potential for a UCARE project is encouraged but not required.

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Exploring the Impact of Equitherapy

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Michelle Howell Smith
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Start Date
1/11/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
5

I am looking for a research assistant to help with a literature search and review of the efficacy and impact of equitherapy.

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Genome-scale metabolic model development of methylomonas

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Rajib Saha
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Start Date
11/1/16
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Questions regarding the ecological and functional characteristics of natural microbial consortium under dynamic environmental conditions can be addressed using comprehensive mathematical models and ‘omics’-based data analysis.

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Nanoparticle synthesis and characterization for traumatic brain injury applications

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Forrest Kievit
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Start Date
12/01/16
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer

Learn how to synthesize nanoparticles of various
sizes and shapes as well as characterize their physicochemical properties.
These nanoparticles will be used to study how physicochemical properties
affect their accumulation in mouse models of traumatic brain injury. Students
will have the opportunity to, and will be expected to, put together a UCARE
proposal based on this work.

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Genome-scale metabolic model development of Methylobacter

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Rajib Saha
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Start Date
11/01/16
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

Questions regarding the ecological and functional characteristics of natural microbial consortium under dynamic environmental conditions can be addressed using comprehensive mathematical models and ‘omics’-based data analysis.

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Exploring school leadership's effects on teachers and students: A project based on national and international data

Educational Administration
Faculty Advisor
Jiangang Xia
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Start Date
01/01/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

It is claimed that school leadership matters, while
the evidence is very limited. Some studies examined school leadership and
found that it has an indirect influence on student learning through
leaders’ influence on staff motivation and commitment (Leithwood, Harris, &
Hopkins, 2008). This project tries to explore school leadership's direct
influences on teacher and student outcomes. To achieve the goals, the

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Controls on Permeability Heterogeneity in Sand Bars of the Loup River, Nebraska

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Jesse Korus
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Start Date
6/1/16
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE
Hours Per Week
20

The spatial distribution of permeability in sand bars is key to the hydrologic function of river beds.  The goal of this project to develop an understanding of the sedimentary processes that control permeability heterogeneity.  The project will involve field and laboratory work.  Field work will be conducted in central Nebraska in the Loup River system.  This work will involve wading through shallow water, installing tubes for permeability testing, making measurements, and operating

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