Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research

Participating in undergraduate research makes you stand out to potential employers.

At the University of Nebraska, undergraduate research is actively promoted and students have various opportunities to be involved in ongoing research. At the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, all major research groups work with undergraduates. Upperclass students with a strong GPA and a strong work ethic should meet with faculty in interested areas. Faculty are particularly interested in students who have completed a course, taught by the faculty member, and who stood out, both in academics and class participation.


UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences), is funded by the Pepsi Endowment and the Program of Excellence. UCARE pairs undergraduate students with faculty, providing a unique educational experience by allowing students to be involved in ongoing research or other creative activities. Students who qualify will receive an annual award of up to $2400 ($1200/semester).

Undergraduates who have completed 30 credit hours ( by the end of the applying semester ) can apply for UCARE. Applicants will also need to have identified a faculty member to work with and a research project to work on. Interested students should either meet with their Undergraduate Adviser, who may be able to identify current research opportunities, or approach faculty directly.

The application deadline for participating in UCARE is generally a full semester or more before the actual start of the funding period. UCARE also hosts various workshops on topics from applying for UCARE to successfully completing your research.

If undergraduate research interests you, visit UCARE today for more information on this exciting opportunity.


UCARE 2017–2018 Awardees

Building Large-Scale Robot Communities Capable of Self-Coordination by Ayush Manish Agrawal, Faculty sponsor: Mohammad Hasan

New Models for Biological Neural Networks by Tyler Barker, Faculty sponsor: Massimiliano Pierobon

Recommendation Engine for HPC Submissions by Adam Fitzgibbon, Faculty sponsor: David Swanson

Measuring Information Exchange in Engineered Molecular Communication Between Biological Cells by Colton Harper, Faculty sponsor: Massimiliano Pierobon

How Computers Solve Sodoku by Ian Howell, Faculty sponsor: Berthe Choueiry

Measurable Program Analysis by Zakary Keck, Faculty sponsor: Matthew Dwyer

Machine Learning-Based Multimedia Security Methods by Zecheng Li, Faculty sponsor: Sheng Wei

VITA-Math Day by Timothy McCaslin, Faculty sponsor: Berthe Choueiry

Neonatal Ultrasound Analysis via Deep-Machine Learning by Jeevan Rajagopal, Faculty sponsor: Stephen Scott

Vehicle-to-Barrier Communications: Effects of Roadside Barriers, Encroachment, and Vehicle Braking by Demetrius Sigowa, Faculty sponsor: Mehmet Can Vuran

Building Large-Scale Robot Communities Capable of Self-Coordination by Trieu Hung Tran, Faculty sponsor: Mohammad Hasan

Mobile Payment System Security by Kaustubh Gupta, Faculty sponsor: Qiben Yan

The Impact of Diversity on Open Ad-Hoc Team Formation Environments in Multiagent Systems by Cale Harms, Faculty sponsor: Leen-Kiat Soh

Virtual Reality Modeling of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment by Bryan Melland, Faculty sponsor: Steve Kolbe

Development of Protein-Domain Classification Methods by Caleb Lanik, Faculty sponsor: Etsuko Moriyama 

Use of Models for Solving Complex Problems – An Adoption Study by Dipal Bhandari, Faculty sponsor: Ashu Guru

UCARE 2016–2017 Awardees

Traffic Congestion Reduction Application by Ayush Manish Agrawal, Faculty sponsor: Mohammad Rashedul Hasan

VITA-Math Day by Alex Sturtz, Faculty sponsor: Berthe Choueiry

Effects of Using Robotics for the Classroom in the United States by Alisha Bevins, Faculty sponsor: Brittany Duncan

Protecting UAVs from Fire: Safety during Controlled Burns by Rebecca Horzewski, Faculty sponsor: Carrick Detweiler

Integration of Unmanned Aircraft System Vehicles of the NIMBUS Lab into a commercial simulator by Shreya Rawal, Faculty sponsor: Justin Bradley

The Impact of Diversity on Open Ad-Hoc Team Formation Environments in Multiagent Systems by Elliot Sandfort, Faculty sponsor: Leen-Kiat Soh

UCARE 2015–2016 Awardees

Decreasing Resource Contention with Data Relocation in Flash Systems by Austin Schmidt, Faculty sponsor: Hong Jiang

Development of Scientific Visualization Tools for Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Chromatography by Davis Rempe, Faculty sponsor: Stephen Scott

Flying by Fire: Using UAVs for Close Observation of Wildfires by Rebecca Horzewski, Faculty sponsor: Carrick Detweiler

VITA-Math Day by Dylan Laible and Benjamin Peda, Faculty sponsor: Berthe Choueiry

Nebraska International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team by Colton Harper, Faculty sponsor: Massimiliano Pierobon

VITA-Math Day by Jeevan Rajagopal, Faculty sponsor: Mohammad Hasan

Steelarm: An Independently-Produced Videogame About Privilege and Player Choice by Isaac Coleman, Faculty sponsor: Tamy Burnett

Nebraska International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team by Phoung Ninh, Faculty sponsor: Myra Cohen