Research Opportunities

Student Office Assistant

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Kirk Dombrowski
Contact Email
Start Date
Immediately
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20
This position provides assistance to the Minority Health Disparities Initiative.  In conjunction with operating daily business activities involving the coordination of MHDI projects, this candidate will need excellent interpersonal communication, organization, record keeping, typing, and computer software experience (among other skills) to perform a variety of business tasks. Available hours of work are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Must be available to work at 10-15 hours a week. Please send a resume and cover letter to kstarlin2@unl.edu (Kim Gocchi Carrasco).
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Student Web Developer

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Kirk Dombrowski
Contact Email
Start Date
Immediately
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or UCARE
Hours Per Week
10-20
The Student Web Developer will work with the University of Nebraska Web Developer Network to assist our project managers with the maintenance and technical development of the REACH Lab’s multiple websites and social media platforms. Immediate focus will be a review of content, content updating and code revision as part of the current maintenance. The student will complement existing knowledge with experience with the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies, technical documentation, web standards and best practices for web developers.
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K-8 Teachers' Development and Use of a Framework for Evaluating Digital Instructional Materials

Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Amanda Thomas
Contact Email
Start Date
8/22/16 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

This project documents K-8 teachers' development of a framework for evaluating digital instructional materials for teaching and learning mathematics. Undergraduate research assistants' work will include transcribing video and audio files, assisting in qualitative data analysis, and assisting in the preparation of conference proposals and manuscripts resulting from the study.

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Machine Learning and Modeling of Social Networks

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Start Date
8/15/16 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or through UCARE
Hours Per Week
10-20

New project to develop and evaluate analytic tools for real-world social network data analysis. The project will interface with several ongoing large-scale public health research projects in disease and behavioral epidemiology. The candidate should have a basic working understanding of probability, and experience writing procedural and object-oriented programs in Java, Python, C/C++ or other language. Candidates with experience or coursework in algorithms, networks, machine learning, and/or statistics will be favored.

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Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

Anthropology
Faculty Advisor
Carrie C. Heitman
Contact Email
Start Date
8/15/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10

Participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project to create the Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC).  Project activities may include:

1) Help with archaeologica data integration

2) Facilitate collaborations with project consultants

3) Refine image and text metadata for SPARC digital assets

4) Participate in the Chaco Research Archive website redesign

5) Contribute to the integration of the greater Chaco Landscape project data into the Chaco Research Archive and help plan 2017 academic conference.

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Wildfire effects on insect diversity

Agronomy and Horticulture
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Dirac Twidwell
Contact Email
Start Date
8/23/16
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE stipend

This project aims to identify the ability of mixed severity fire regimes to promote species diversity. Specifically, students will be looking for differences in insect community composition that result from varying fire severities in the Pine Ridge region of Nebraska by identifying ground dwelling insects collected during the summer of 2016.

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Developing and Executing Media Plan for Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research
Faculty Advisor
Justina Clark
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE stipend

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a student interested in developing and executing a media plan for the UCARE program and for the Office of Undergraduate Research as a whole. The student would create a comprehensive social media plan for AY 16-17, design marketing materials like flyers, brochures, etc., and write news releases and student profiles for the UCARE website and for submission to UNL Today and other venues. We're looking for a creative self-starter who can propose new, innovative ideas and follow through to completion.

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Bohemian Cemetery Master Plan

Landscape Architecture
Faculty Advisor
Richard K. Sutton
Contact Email
Start Date
8/30/16, can be flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer

Work with faculty mentor and the Bohemian Cemetery Board to analyze the Cemetery site (Omaha), identify and articulate design and management goals and suggest alternatives for the future of the cemetery.

Introductory landscape architectural design courses mandatory and GIS experience useful.

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America in Africa: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919

History & Ethnic Studies
Faculty Advisor
Jeannette Eileen Jones
Contact Email
Start Date
8/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10
The research assistant will find historical articles in American newspapers, journals, and magazines that address key events and moments surrounding the "African Question" from 1847-1919. They include: the Independence of Liberia, the Brussels Geographic Conference of 1876, the Berlin Conference of 1884, the Brussels Conference of 1890, the Congo Controversy, and the Versailles Conference of 1919.
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FunWritr Literacy and Language Learning Project (AI Programming, HCI Design, & Education Research)

Learning Teaching & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
Contact Email
Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-10

There are three different positions*:

      1. Server-side programmer: refactoring + special projects (python, NLTK, APIs, AI & NLP algorithms)

      2. Human Computer Interface Designer & Client Side programmer: redesign (html5, swift, flash builder)

      3. Literacy and Language Learning Researcher (research design, fieldwork, data analysis, write up)

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