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

Description tbd

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

Description tbd

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