Research Opportunities

Grass-root microbiomes

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Sabrina Russo
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

We are looking for one or two dedicated students (research for credits or UCARE) to participate in our grass-root microbiome project. In this project, we compare root architecture, root anatomy and associated micro-organisms of 20 native Nebraskan grass species. Taking part in this project includes working with plants in the greenhouse, harvesting their roots, and measuring various functional traits describing root architecture and anatomy.

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Drinking Water Contaminants and Adverse Health Outcomes

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Patrick J. Shea
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

We are looking for a student interested in learning more about the adverse health outcomes associated with exposure to drinking water contaminants.  Our research would appeal to someone interested in 1) conducting experiments in the laboratory using a chicken embryo model to evaluate toxicity and/or 2) conducting epidemiology studies to evaluate risk of adverse health outcomes (birth defects and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) associated with exposure to drinking water contaminants in Nebraska.

Students wanting to apply for  Fall 2017 would be eligible.

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Turbulent Drag Reduction for energy-saving engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jae Sung Park
Contact Email
Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Turbulence control is of great importance in many engineering applications thanks to the potential benefits associated with it, particularly with regard to energy savings. For examples, ocean shipping consumes more than a billion barrels of oil worldwide per year and transportation via road consumes about a billion barrels of oil per year.

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Development of Language and Literacy Skills in Spanish-Speaking Children

Special Education and Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor
Marc Goodrich
Contact Email
Start Date
5/15/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

This project examines the development of language and reading skills among children who speak Spanish at home. Undergraduate research assistants will assist with data collection and data entry, including traveling to school and/or community settings to conduct assessments with children. Assessments include traditional measures of academic skills (e.g., reading comprehension), as well as measures of online written and spoken language processing using eye tracking devices.

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Breast Cancer Cell Metastasis to Bone Cells: Role of Mechanical Loading Milieus

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jung Yul Lim
Contact Email
Start Date
8/17/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

Breast cancer (BC) is one of the most prevailing malignancies in women with bone being the most common site to which BC metastasizes. The BC metastasis to bone results in serious consequences including bone pain, pathological bone fracture, and dysregulated bone destruction, leading to critical impairment in the quality of life. Studies have determined the mechanisms and outcomes of BC cell metastasis to bone cells to some extent.

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Examining fatty acid metabolism through genetically modified animals and using small compound inhibitors

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Concetta C. DiRusso, Ph.D.
Contact Email
Start Date
1/16/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10-40

Two undergraduate students will serve as research assistants in ongoing projects in the laboratory.  Each will assist with studies involving mice (feeding, breeding, etc) and tissues.  There will be the opportunity to learn various biochemical and molecular biology lab skills, including tissue culture.  Students must major in biochemistry or a related STEM field.  Preference will be given to students interested in pursuing advanced training in biochemistry post baccalaureate.

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Copyleft and Open Source Design

Architecture
Faculty Advisor
Brian Kelly
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

This position will document 2 years of interdisciplinary design studios with an open-source and copyleft approach with the aim to offer perspective on the role of copyright and traditional mindsets on authorship in a contemporary architecture practice culture. A well, student worker will assist the faculty advisor in a design and fabrication project in the area of open-source and copyleft. Student worker will need to have digital skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) as well as modeling proficiency in Rhinoceros 3d.

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Nanoscale behavior of polymers

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Joseph Turner
Contact Email
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
Contact Email
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
Contact Email
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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