Education and Human Sciences

Neurobiological Study of Bullying

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Hideo Suzuki
Contact Email
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
Contact Email
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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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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Exploring the Impact of Equitherapy

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Faculty Advisor
Michelle Howell Smith
Contact Email
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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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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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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Development of Web-based Interactive Curriculum for Healthy Eating in Child Care

Child, Youth and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Dipti Dev
Contact Email
Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
Up to 10 hours/week

The Healthy Eating in Child Care project involves development of a web-based interactive curriculum with video clips and supporting materials for educating child care teachers about healthful eating strategies for preschool children (2-5y). During this research project, the student will receive training and hands-on experience for conducting literature review, using citation management software, qualitative data analysis, writing video scrips, and evaluating the developed materials using formative assessment.

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