Student Research Opportunities

The following positions are for students who are seeking work experience in Early Childhood Research.
At UNL, additional student research opportunities are available from UCARE.


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Read for Resilience

Faculty: Dr. Amy Napoli
Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers
Contact Email: amynapoli@unl.edu
Start Date: 09/01/2019
Position Type: Paid hourly
Volunteer
Course credit
Position Requirements: Preferred studying or background in child development/early childhood education.
Age Group: Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Hours per Week: Hours will vary weekly 5-15. Sch

We are seeking an undergraduate student to work on our Read for Resilience program (https://child.unl.edu/read4resilience). Read for Resilience is a collaborative effort of Nebraska Extension's Learning Child team. The goal of the program is to support children who have been affected by flooding in Nebraska by providing caregivers (parents and childcare providers) with books and storybook guides to promote children's coping and resilience. This position may be supported by Extension's serviceship program (https://flood.unl.edu/student-serviceships). Responsibilities may include: designing new program materials, preparing supplies for workshops, contacting potential partners, placing orders, office support.

Baby’s First Years Research Assistant Interviewers

Faculty: Tim Nelson
Lauren Laifer
Contact Email: llaifer@huskers.unl.edu
Start Date: 08/26/2019
Position Type: Volunteer
Position Requirements: Ability to drive to Omaha, available for at least one 5-6 hour window one day/week
Age Group: Infant
Hours per Week: Minimum of 5-6 hours

The Baby’s First Years project is a large multi-site study examining the impact of poverty reduction on infant and toddler cognitive, emotional, and brain development. Volunteer assistant interviewers will accompany interviewers on home visits in Omaha and help carry/clean/set up/pack up equipment, play with study child and siblings, and assist with other tasks as needed. Home visit sessions will require travel to Omaha and will be scheduled to accommodate participating family schedules. Data collection sessions will begin this summer and will continue through June 2021, although students may volunteer for as short as one semester at a time. To defray the cost of travel to Omaha, mileage reimbursement is available.

EAT Family Style Intervention: Improving Child Care Mealtime Environment and Children's Healthful Behaviors

Faculty: Dipti Dev
Contact Email: eatfamilystyle@365groups.unl.edu
Start Date: 08/18/2019
Position Type: Paid hourly
Volunteer
Course credit
UCARE
Position Requirements: Interest in working with young children and childcare. Attention to detail. UNL/UNK/UNO/ UNMC
Age Group: Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
Hours per Week: 6-20

We are seeking data collectors to join the EAT Family Style team. Students will work in an innovative 2-year community intervention program and feasibility study funded by the USDA and Nebraska Extension. The students will have the opportunity to develop skills such as quantitative data collection (measuring childcare provider’s feeding practices, measuring children’s dietary intake and language development , conducting data analysis, collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams, and presenting results at conferences). The work will be under the guidance of Dr. Dipti Dev, Associate professor in the Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to eatfamilystyle@365groups.unl.edu.

EAT Family Style Intervention: Improving Child Care Mealtime Environment and Children's Healthful Behaviors

Faculty: Dipti Dev
Contact Email: eatfamilystyle@365groups.unl.edu
Start Date: 08/18/2019
Position Type: Paid hourly
Volunteer
Course credit
UCARE
Position Requirements: Interest in working with young children and childcare. Attention to detail. UNL/UNK/UNO
Age Group: Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
Hours per Week: 6-20

We are seeking data collectors to join the EAT Family Style team. Students will work in an innovative 2-year community intervention program and feasibility study funded by the USDA and Nebraska Extension. The students will have the opportunity to develop skills such as quantitative data collection (measuring childcare provider’s feeding practices, measuring children’s dietary intake and language development in childcare. conducting data analysis, collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams, and present results at conferences). The work will be under the guidance of Dr. Dipti Dev, Associate professor in the Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to eatfamilystyle@365groups.unl.edu.

Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC)

Faculty: Dr. Julia Torquati
Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers
Contact Email: tuyen.huynh@huskers.unl.edu
Start Date: 09/02/2019
Position Type: Volunteer
Course credit
UCARE
Position Requirements: no requirement needed
Age Group: Infant
Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
Hours per Week: 2-10 dependent on the student's

The Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies is seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in gaining hands-on research experience by getting trained and reliable to code parent-child interaction tasks from the research project. The purpose of the study is to compare two versions of Circle of Security-Parenting interventions. Please contact Tuyen Huynh (tuyen.huynh@huskers.unl.edu) for more information or questions.

Research Intern with SBSRC and LPS

Faculty: SBSRC
Contact Email: phill3@unl.edu
Start Date: 06/01/2019
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: Prefer experience working with data and proficiency with Word, Excel, and statistical software
Age Group: K-3
Hours per Week: 20-40

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium and Lincoln Public Schools are hiring 1-2 graduate student interns for summer 2019. Research interns will work on an NIH Science Education Partnership Award grant that focuses on broadening participation in STEM. Duties will include data exploration, data merging, analyzing quantitative data, writing results summaries, and conducting literature reviews for publication. Interns will receive training and mentorship within the LPS Evaluation & Assessment Dept. and SBSRC. Interns will work with secure data in coordination and collaboration with UNL faculty. To apply, send your CV and a letter of interest to phill3@unl.edu.

Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children

Faculty: Matthew W. Carlson
Kelli Hauptman
Contact Email: mattcarlson@unl.edu
Start Date: 10/01/2018
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: People skills, independence, documentation and data management, time management
Age Group: Infant
Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Hours per Week: 10

The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children works to improve professional and personal well-being for those who work with children aged 0-5 in early childhood education and child welfare. We are looking for research assistants to help with data collection in the Lancaster County Juvenile Court and to manage data and ongoing online data collection. Undergraduate research assistants will gain experience collecting data from at-risk populations, entering and managing large databases, interpreting and reporting statistical findings, and coding qualitative data. We are looking for undergraduates that are detail oriented, enjoy managing information systems, are reflective, and are willing to ask questions.

What Works in Early Childhood Coaching?: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Faculty: Dr. Rachel Schachter
Dr. Lisa Knoche
Contact Email: rschachter2@unl.edu
Start Date: 09/01/2019
Position Type: Volunteer
Course credit
Position Requirements: No previous research experience required.
Age Group: Infant
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Hours per Week: Flexible depending on student sc

The field of early childhood lacks consistent guidance on the best way to train coaches and implement coaching such that it ensures high-quality coaching experiences that result in positive changes for teachers and children (Sheridan et al., 2009). The identification of key coaching practices that are based in the literature and demonstrate evidence of effectiveness in changing teacher and child outcomes is essential for moving the field forward (Mangin & Dunsmore, 2015). This study seeks to address this gap in the field by conducting a mixed-method, systematic review of the EC coaching literature in order to derive a list of evidence-based coaching and coach-training practices.

standardized testing

Faculty: Yingying Wang
Contact Email: yingying.wang@unl.edu
Start Date: 09/01/2018
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: previous experience is desired and must be in graduate study (either mater in SLP or psychology)
Age Group: Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Lifespan
Hours per Week: flexible

Student will help administer standardized testing including Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2) and Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests, Third Edition (WRMT-III), meanwhile, you will fill out questionnaires about your child including basic demographic information, StimQ2-Preschool parental report, and Brown EF/A Scales parental report, etc.

Community Population Health Initiative Focusing on Childhood Physical Activity

Faculty: Dr. David Dzewaltowski
Sara Norgelas & Marisa Rosen
Contact Email: sara.norgelas@unmc.edu
Start Date: 09/14/2018
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: Interested in pursuing a masters of Public Health; interested in gaining research & field experience
Age Group: K-3
Lifespan
Hours per Week: 20-30

We are seeking interns to join our team examining community development, physical activity, nutrition and health promotion for children. Interns will be working under the auspices of an innovative 5-year community randomized trial funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Whole-of-Community Systems Intervention for Youth Population Physical Activity (RO1R01CA215420-01A1). Interns will have the opportunity to develop skills such as quantitative data collection (observation and accelerometry); qualitative data collection; and peer review paper, report, and grant writing skills. The work will be under the guidance of Professor and Endowed Community Chair, David Dzewaltowski. Submit cover letter and resume to sara.norgelas@unmc.edu.

Community Population Health Initiative Focusing on Childhood Physical Activity

Faculty: Dr. David Dzewaltowski
Sara Norgelas & Marisa Rosen
Contact Email: sara.norgelas@unmc.edu
Start Date: 09/14/2018
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: Willing to work evenings and/or weekends; skilled in Microsoft Office
Age Group: K-3
Lifespan
Hours per Week: 10-20

Research Assistant(s) will assist with data collection on children in the youth settings in rural communities in Nebraska and assist in subsequent video data coding. The position may perform literature searches, maintain a library of articles for staff, filing, photocopying, running errands and other lab tasks as assigned.

Community Population Health Initiative Focusing on Childhood Physical Activity

Faculty: Dr. David Dzewaltowski
Contact Email: david.dzewaltowski@unmc.edu
Start Date: 07/01/2019
Position Type: Paid graduate assistantship
Position Requirements: Pursuing a masters in Public Health; interested in physical activity, & community population health
Age Group: K-3
Lifespan
Hours per Week: 20

We are seeking Graduate Research Assistants to join our team examining community development, physical activity, nutrition and health promotion for children. The GRA position will contribute to an innovative 5-year community randomized trial funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Whole-of-Community Systems Intervention for Youth Population Physical Activity (RO1R01CA215420-01A1). Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate on other projects that target community population health and child development in child care, elementary schools, and middle schools, which are funded by the USDA, NIH, and foundations.

Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study

Faculty: Dr. Julia Torquati
Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers
Contact Email: thuynh10@unl.edu
Start Date: 09/01/2018
Position Type: Volunteer
Course credit
Position Requirements: No experience required, this will be a learning opportunity
Age Group: Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Hours per Week: 2-10 hours a week (depends on ea

The Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies is seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in gaining hands-on research experience by assisting in collecting data for a dissertation research project called “Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study.” The purpose of the study is to compare two versions of Circle of Security-Parenting interventions. Please contact Tuyen Huynh (thuynh10@unl.edu) for more information or questions.

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