Education and Human Sciences

Analysis of Science Instructional Coaching and Use of Wearable Technologies for Elementary Students STEM Learning

Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Gwen Nugent
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Start Date
10/30/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10

Student will have the opportunity be involved in research covering a variety of instructional topics and approaches.  Responsibilities will include data collection, entry and analysis, including coding of video-recorded instructional coaching sessions using observation software.  Students will learn about educational development and research, and work with faculty from a variety of disciplines, including educational psychology, engineering, and extension.

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Teaching Young English Learners

Teaching Learning and Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Guy Trainin
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Start Date
9/30/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6

We are looking for students interested in helping young English learners acquire language quickly so they can be integrated into their school. In this project you will  support elementary English learners’ vocabulary learning skills as they read widely in academic settings. You will work with a small group of elementary English language learners three time a week, 40-45 minutes per session, for a total of about 6 weeks. You will receive training to do it.

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The Peer Ethology Project (PEP)

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
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Start Date
1/8/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
4-6

The Peer Ethology Project (PEP) is designed to better understand social power dynamics, aggression, and victimization among children with a history of maltreatment. Is there a benefit to employing aggressive behavior for at-risk youth? In what ways do traumatic family experiences spill over into children's peer relationships? Undergraduate research assistants will have an opportunity to work directly with Dr. Martin, learning to observe and evaluate video-records of peer interactions.

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Romantic Attachment in Pregnant Couples

Educational Psychology and Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
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Start Date
1/8/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
4-6

The birth of a child is an important transition for any romantic relationship. Prior research suggests that the stress of the experience can put substantial strain on couples. This study is designed to investigate the relationship dynamics that promote healthy romantic partnerships during and following pregnancy. Undergraduate research assistants will work directly with Dr. Martin to observe pregnant couples' behavior during a video-recorded interaction task.

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Highly Sensitive Child observations

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Contact Email
Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10 (flexible)

Volunteers will work on a project being conducted in partnership with colleagues at Queen Mary University to develop an observation protocol for use in early childhood classrooms to identify children who are highly sensitive. High sensitivity is a temperament trait; highly sensitive individuals process their environment more deeply, have heightened empathy, and are more sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as noise or light. In short, they are more easily overwhelmed than those with lower sensitivity.

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Teacher interactions with children with mental illness

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
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Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
5-10

This student will read and search for articles on mental illness in the classroom and teachers' understanding/training in mental illness. The student will likely assist with data collection (surveys) and data entry, some data analysis (with assistance), writing and presenting results.

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Collective Impact in Rural Nebraska

Educational Administration
Faculty Advisor
Sarah Zuckerman
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Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Contribute to research through the preparation of data, including transcription and creation of data files. Opportunities to engage in analytic discussions of the data to identify emerging themes with faculty and graduate assistant.

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Neurobiological Study of Bullying

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Hideo Suzuki
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Start Date
8/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The Brain, Emotion and Education (BEE) Lab at the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for research assistants interested in social and affective neuroscience in children.  In collaboration with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3), our research seeks to explore the dynamics of brain-environment interaction in bullying behavior.  Starting from Fall 2017, we will begin to examine the structural and functional brain alterations, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokine levels of bully perpetrators, compared to non-bullies.  Research assistants will be expecte

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Neurophysiological bases for learning

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Carrie Clark
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Start Date
5/30/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

The Brain, Learning and Behavior Lab is beginning 2 new studies. One is focused on preschool children and seeks to understand how physiological reactivity relates to school readiness. We will use heart rate monitors and behavioral measures to address this question. The second study is focused on school-aged children and will use MRI to examine brain responses while children learn a new concept. We are looking for students interested in helping with recruitment, data collection and data entry and checking.

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Chinese Character Helpr

Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
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Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Despite the wide use and availability of multimodal print-based and new media-based supports for Chinese character acquisition, few applications exist that allow students to leverage their nascent but very real Chinese language knowledge for character production. Western learners of Chinese struggle with producing and recognizing characters despite having aural and pinyin-related knowledge of many Chinese words and phrases. This difficulty comes in part due to a lack of explicit, easily discernible sound-symbol mappings between spoken words and written characters.

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