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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Coaching in Early Intervention (CEI)

Faculty: Rachel Schachter
Contact Email: sfousek2@unl.edu
Start Date: 06/01/2022
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: Prior research or clinical experience preferred.
Age Group: Infant
Toddlers
Hours per Week: 12

The Coaching in Early Intervention (CEI) project seeks to improve outcomes for infants/toddlers with disabilities by implementing a supportive coaching model for early intervention providers and coaches to increase their use of evidence-based practices. CEI is seeking an hourly worker for Summer 2022. Primary responsibilities will be to assist in coding coaching conversations between study participants. Applicants should be detail-oriented and organized, and have the ability to work an average of 8 hours per week.

Help Me Grow - Nebraska

Faculty: Lorey Wheeler
Contact Email: lorey@unl.edu
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Position Type: Paid graduate assistantship
Position Requirements: Education/interest/experience in public health and/or minority health disparities.
Age Group: Prenatal
Infant
Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
K-3
Hours per Week: 19.5

Help Me Grow is a comprehensive, population-level, evidence-based approach design to address gaps in early childhood systems of support. The primary goal of HMG-Nebraska is to build local infrastructure to focus on increasing quality, availability, and families’ access to excellent early learning programs, and expand supports and resources for child growth and development. Specifically, the UNL team is leading data collection and analysis for the project implementation and evaluation.

Research Technician, Baby’s First Years Study, Omaha

Faculty: Timothy Nelson
Jen Nelson
Contact Email: brian.rivera@unl.edu
Start Date: 01/03/2022
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: BA, research experience, experience working with children, willing to commit for 18 months
Age Group: Toddlers
Hours per Week: 40

The Baby's First Years study team seeks a Research Technician with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Child Development, or a related field. This individual will pilot and subsequently run the lab-based and home-based data collection in Omaha, Nebraska for the age 4 wave of data collection, under the direction of Drs. Tim and Jen Nelson. Primary responsibilities include assisting with the development and pilot testing of study procedures, successfully scheduling study participants for university-based data collection, administering study visits, uploading data, and engaging in quality control procedures. Individuals in this role may also train and manage research assistants.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Faculty: HyeonJin Yoon, Ph.D.
Contact Email: hyoon5@unl.edu
Start Date: 11/15/2022
Position Type: Paid graduate assistantship
Position Requirements: Experience with designing and executing research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods
Age Group: K-3
Lifespan
Hours per Week: 19.5

The Teaching with Emerging Media Arts (Art TEAMS) project aims to leverage New Media Arts to support student engagement and self-directed learning across the curriculum. The student will assist with: field data collection using interview, focus group, and survey; analyzing the qualitative data using qualitative research tools (e.g., NVivo, MAXQDA); managing and analyzing quantitative data; disseminating research findings; participating in meetings. We are looking for individuals with strong organization skills, attention to details, communication skills, and willingness to take leadership roles. Working knowledge and skills in basic to moderate quantitative method will be preferred.

Health's Early Roots and Origins (HERO)

Faculty: Dr. Ann Anderson Berry
Contact Email: PedsResearch@unmc.edu
Start Date: 10/01/2021
Position Type: Paid hourly
Position Requirements: Prior research or clinical experience, Background in health sciences, public health preferred
Age Group: Infant
Toddlers
Preschool/Pre-K
Hours per Week: 10-15

UNMC/Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in collaboration with Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Seeking: Clinical Research Assistant (employed by UNMC, working in Lincoln, NE) Overview: This part-time position will assist with patient consent, enrollment, specimen collection and data collection on a large clinical research study assessing indices of excessive stress activation in children. This will be assessed through simple, non-invasive collections of biological samples as well as a brief behavioral measure of executive function—all collectable within a few minutes during a pediatric office visit. The study will look at these stress biomarkers to enhance the capacity of well-child care.

ProPELL - Promoting Preschoolers' Early Language Learning

Faculty: Rachel Schachter
Drs. Cutler and Piasta
Contact Email: RSCHACHTER2@UNL.EDU
Start Date: Ongoing
Position Type: Volunteer
Course credit
Position Requirements: Interest in research and previous experience in early childhood classrooms is preferred.
Age Group: Preschool/Pre-K
Hours per Week: 6 to 10

The overall aim of the project is to identify classroom practices that support young children's early language development. Tasks may include coding and transcribing video observations of preschool classrooms participating in project meetings and training, data entry/cleaning, and development/management of project materials. Although not required to apply for this opportunity, the following are preferred: 1) CITI certification for Basic Course for Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel and 2) some experience either working/volunteering in an early childhood classroom. Students should have 6-10 hours of weekly availability during normal work hours (M-F, 9-5)

Parents of Newborns

Faculty: Julia Torquati
Contact Email: jtorquati@unl.edu
Start Date: 09/01/2021
Position Type: Volunteer
Course credit
Position Requirements: access to a password protected computer with Zoom
Age Group: Infant
Hours per Week: flexible

We are studying the transition to parenting and predictors of parenting behaviors. We are looking for students who are interested in conducting online interviews with parents via Zoom for the Parents of Newborns Study. You will be trained to use the Working Model of the Child Interview, and to record a parent-infant play interaction on Zoom. Each interview and interaction will take up to two hours. Must have access to a password protected computer with Zoom.

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