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The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program at UNL is a paid opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty research mentor in fields ranging from arts, education, engineering, and humanities to traditional sciences like chemistry, biology, and physics. Through UCARE, you’ll work alongside world-class UNL faculty members conducting cutting-edge research that will shape the future of Nebraska and beyond.
The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) matches eligible incoming freshman with faculty mentors to learn about research and creative activity in the mentor’s field and to participate in a manageable research or creative project(s) that will keep the students engaged for the academic year. FYRE participants commit to 5-10 hours per week of participation and will attend a monthly seminar by the Office of Undergraduate Research to prepare students for a successful first year at Nebraska. Optional monthly activities will also be led by current Nebraska graduate students and may include lab tours, field trips, industry visits, and more.
IANR Agricultural Research Division UG Student Research Program
The Undergraduate Student Research Program gives outstanding University undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research under the direction of an ARD faculty mentor. It is open to junior and senior undergraduates proposing to work with a faculty member who has an ARD appointment.
ARD provides up to $2,500 per successful student applicants, with a required 100% match by the participating units and/or ARD faculty mentor. Awardees are selected by ARD based on the quality of the submitted proposal and funding can only be received once per student. Learn more about the IANR ARD
INBRE Scholar Program
The INBRE Scholar Program is an NIH-funded summer research program at UNL, UNMC, or Creighton University. UNL sophomores interested in a research career in biomedical sciences are invited to apply. Benefits include two full years (including summer) of scholarship funding, a research experience in Omaha or Lincoln in the first summer with the opportunity to continue projects through graduation, and support for graduate education in Nebraska. Learn more about the INBRE Scholars Program.
McNair Scholars Program
UNL’s McNair Scholars Program prepares selected undergraduates for graduate study by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research under the guidance of a UNL faculty mentor, and develop the skills and student/mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.
Eight to twelve new McNair Scholars are selected each year to participate in both academic and summer activities. Learn more about the McNair Scholars Program.
External Research Opportunities
Summer is an excellent time to gain research experience outside UNL’s campus. Consider these undergraduate summer research opportunities:
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
- American Association of Medical Colleges directory of summer research programs
- Pathways to Science directory of summer research experiences
- American Psychological Association directory of summer research programs and internships
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for assistance in identifying summer programs that meet your research goals.