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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Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Faculty: Lorey Wheeler, Ph.D.
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Position Type: Paid graduate assistantship
Position Requirements: Experience with designing and executing research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods 
Age Group: Lifespan
Hours per Week: 19.5

Position overview: The faculty/staff in the MAP Academy collaborate with scientists from various disciplines to help promote the design and implementation of methodologically sound research, and to provide effective grant-writing support to help optimize UNL’s research. MAP Academy collaborations include numerous federally-funded applied, field-relevant research projects. The graduate 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; developing and managing Qualtrics surveys; disseminating research findings; participating in meetings.

Parents of Newborns

Faculty: Julia Torquati
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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.

Research Technician, Baby’s First Years Study, Omaha

Faculty: Timothy Nelson
Jen Nelson
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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.

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