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Young Nebraska Scientists High School Researchers

Gain paid summer experiences in the labs of Nebraska scientist-educators. Mainly for high-school juniors and seniors, these jobs are typically part-time (<40 hours per week). YNS accepts "HSR" applications in early spring for a limited number of available positions. After the hosts make selections, YNS notifies the successful applicants (usually in April); work generally begins in early June and ends in early August. The student researcher and the faculty member decide the schedule, location, etc.

Being a YNS HSR is an excellent way to learn valuable new skills--such as coding--and extend your capabilities (sharing your work via research poster or other science communication is one expectation at the end of the summer). Plus, you'll gain a mentor and join the team of a real scientific project – wonderful for your college applications and/or resume.

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Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies (EQUATE)

(funding through NSF EPSCoR Track-1 grant via Nebraska EPSCoR)

High School Researchers from summer 2023

Quantum Materials, Nanoscience, Chemistry (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)

EQUATE will  advance knowledge on topics related to quantum materials, technologies, and computation. These new technologies will revolutionize fields such as information technology, medicine, metrology, and cryptography, with an impact on security areas such as defense and banking. High school researchers will use their scientific skills to create a wide range of new materials that can revolutionize quantum computing. Students will learn to grow and characterize new materials according to their structure, transport, and magnetic properties.  Other high school researchers will build and use new technologies such as Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) microscopy to find better ways to characterize materials or determine new applications such as non-invasive detection of neuron activity in animals. This is an exciting field with numerous projects and applications. Use this opportunity to find your place in the quantum revolution!

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Biomechanics at UNO!

Biomechanics is the study of the forces that act on a body and the effects they produce. It is an intersection of biology, physiology, anatomy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry to solve difficult problems in medicine and health. Research at the Biomechanics Research Building encompasses many different areas including orthopedic biomechanics, clinical biomechanics, and prosthetic development.  Research projects in orthopedics and sports medicine explore how tissues like cartilage, bone, and muscle respond to disease and injury and how athletic movements may improve an athlete’s performance or reduce risk. Clinical Biomechanics focuses on patient populations to investigate movement and joint loading patterns during treatment within hospitals, clinical, and rehabilitation centers. In this area of biomechanics, we use tools like motion analysis, muscle and strength testing, and computer simulations to understand pathologies such as stroke, knee osteoarthritis, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease. Prosthetics & orthotics focus on restoring function to some part of the body affected by disease or injury. Current projects in this area explore how children use prostheses and how it may affect cognitive development through the use custom built 3D printed prostheses and innovative brain imaging, a true intersection of biomechanics and neuroscience! We are looking for Young Nebraska Scientists interested in engineering, health science and technology to assist on these varying projects.  

Spend your summer working with biomechanics researchers, Dr. Brian Knarr, Dr. David Kingston, and Dr. Jorge Zuniga!

Study Climate Science at UNL!

Justin Severson - High School Researcher 2023

Join the Chen Research Group in the Hydroclimatology Lab!

High School Researchers will use historical data to predict future heatwaves in the Great Plains. This is an exciting opportunity for students interested in climate science and data models. Take a look at Dr. Chen's research here!

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Additional High School Research Opportunities

funding through NSF projects

Illustration of a zebra fish with tail as DNA changing to a sysnapse to represent the Wong Lab specialties of animal behavior, neuroscience, and genomics.

Dr. Ryan Wong, Biology (University of Nebraska - Omaha)

Animals encounter many challenges and their continued survival often relies on their ability to learn and remember these interactions. A variety of factors ranging from personality type, learning environment, stress, to genetics can influence cognitive capabilities (e.g. learning and memory). However, there is only a limited understanding of how these factors interact to contribute to differences in learning and memory between individuals. Overall, our NSF-funded project seeks to understand how an animal’s personality type constrains learning and memory capabilities and the underlying neurobiological and genetic mechanisms. We are looking for Young Nebraska Scientists to assist in conducting experiments aimed to investigate what external factors influence learning and memory. It will involve learning how to design and implement computer-assisted cognition assays and analyses using zebrafish.

Essential Information: High School Research

Who's Eligible?

Must be 16 years old, 10th or 11th grader of the current year applying, Must be a Nebraska resident. Must be a US citizen OR have proof of employment authorization

Commuter ONLY

No residential housing options

Hourly Wage

Researchers will be paid $12/hour for 20-40 hours per week for up to 8 weeks. Rate of pay and schedule will be determined by the supervising faculty member.

Research Interest Areas

Biology, Biomechanics, Climate Science, Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Materials Engineering

Applications require teacher recommendations

Positions are extremely limited!

Supervision and Safety

Safety is our number one concern and HS researchers will receive thorough training and will be supervised during their daily work.

High School Research: Announcements & Key Dates

No Upcoming Events

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