Past Students

Abdullah Hamad

Software Engineering

Program & Project Year: Undergraduate Research Fall 2020 - Summer 2021

Project Advisor: Drs. Grace Panther & Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

The unfolding response to the COVID-19 mandate to teach remotely (online) provides a unique, one-time opportunity for ground-breaking research to study how crisis-induced changes to instruction influence faculty’s teaching experience. Two research questions guide the project: 1) During a crisis, how do engineering faculty and staff experience a sudden change in course delivery (with a focus on cognition, emotions, and community engagement)? and 2) How do these experiences vary throughout the duration of the crisis?

Project Dissemination: Poster1 Poster2

Lucy Atkinson

Engineering, Swarthmore College

Program & Project Year: Research Experiences for Undergraduate Summer 2021

Project Advisor: Dr. Grace Panther

Project Title: RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

Description: The crisis-induced changes in instruction during the pandemic presented a unique opportunity to study instructor adaptability, a possible contributor to future adoption of teaching-related best-practices. The purpose of this research is to identify the self-reported activities of engineering instructors, the perceived normality of instructors’ engagement in these activities, and how these two factors changed over the course of three semesters during the COVID pandemic. The research question addressed in this study is: In what ways do instructors’ activities change over the course of three semesters (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, & Spring 2021) of teaching during the COVID pandemic?

Project Dissemination: Poster1

Victor Moreno

Biological System Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Program & Project Year: Undergraduate Research Summer 2021

Project Advisor: Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: Metacognitive Dimensions Found in Upper-Division Engineering Students' Self-Reflections

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Project Dissemination: Poster1

Bilal Hamada

Computer Engineering

Program & Project Year: Undergraduate Research Fall 2020

Project Advisor: Drs. Grace Panther & Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: COVID: RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

The unfolding response to the COVID-19 mandate to teach remotely (online) provides a unique, one-time opportunity for ground-breaking research to study how crisis-induced changes to instruction influence faculty’s teaching experience. Two research questions guide the project: 1) During a crisis, how do engineering faculty and staff experience a sudden change in course delivery (with a focus on cognition, emotions, and community engagement)? and 2) How do these experiences vary throughout the duration of the crisis?

Kayla Ney

Biological System Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Program & Project Year: SNERP 2020

Project Advisor: Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: Structured Self-Reflection Prompts for Guiding Engineering Students’ Actions and Plan

Students do not always engage in self-reflection when assessing their learning. This makes it difficult for students to plan and act to improve their ability to learn. Different types of structured self-reflection prompts were implemented in an engineering course to provide students with an explicit opportunity to assess their learning. The research question to be addressed is: How does the type of reflection prompt impact the nature of students’ responses in terms of articulated actions and plans across a semester?

Project Dissemination: Poster

Izzy Brown

Architectural Engineering

Program & Project Year: SNERP 2020

Project Advisor: Drs. Grace Panther & Heidi Diefes-Dux

Project Title: COVID: RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

The unfolding response to the COVID-19 mandate to teach remotely (online) provides a unique, one-time opportunity for ground-breaking research to study how crisis-induced changes to instruction influence faculty’s teaching experience. Two research questions guide the project: 1) During a crisis, how do engineering faculty and staff experience a sudden change in course delivery (with a focus on cognition, emotions, and community engagement)? and 2) How do these experiences vary throughout the duration of the crisis?

Project Dissemination: Poster 

Victoria "Tori" Nelson

Mechanical Engineering

Program & Project Year: SNERP 2020

Project Advisor: Dr. Grace Panther

Project Title: Assessing the Impacts of a Middle School Spatial Visualization Intervention

Spatial skills have been found to be a better predictor of STEM degree attainment than SAT or ACT scores but spatial visualization is never explicitly taught. This project aims to better understand the impacts of a spatial skills intervention in middle schools. The research questions to be addressed include: 1) Is there a difference between Rural and Urban students on spatial tests initially and after the intervention? and 2) What do the teachers’ experiences about teaching the curriculum tell us?

Project Dissemination: Poster

Nebraska Rural Radio Segment