Celebrating Research Accomplishments 2020-2021

Published: Tues., May 4, 2021

Many graduate students completed their graduate degrees and will be graduating Friday May 7th. This includes over 400 Master's students and over 100 doctoral students.


On April 12-16th, the Office of Graduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Research and Economic Development held virtual Student Research Days. Over 200 graduate and undergraduate students participated in the week-long celebration of student research and creative work. Faculty, postdoc and graduate student judges met with students during Zoom Q and As and evaluated their presentations. Graduate students were awarded with $400 travel grants to help with conference travel costs. Links to their video presentations are provided below.

  • Karalynn Brown and Donna Chen (School Psychology) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16285
  • Yan Chen (Chemistry) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16268
  • Courtney Keiser (Biomechanics/Mechanical and Materials Engineering) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16515
  • Xinwei Liu (Music Education) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16309
  • Amir Monemianesfahani (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16107
  • Kyungah Suh (Chemistry) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16364
  • Dan Wang and Qingyu Jiang (Child, Youth and Family Studies) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16332
  • Bowen Yang (Food Science and Technology) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16198
  • Junsi Yang (Food Science and Technology) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16325

    The College of Engineering provided additional funds for winners from their field. The following three students also received top honors and monetary awards from their college:

  • Samuel Flint (Computer Science) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16120
  • Brandi Brown (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16196
  • Thivani Senathiraja (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16265

    Additional research awards and grants earned by graduate students include the following:

    James Benes (Geography): Yatkola-Edwards Research Grant (http://www.nebraskageologicalsociety.org/ngs-grants.html) from the Nebraska Geological Society

    Niaz Bahar Chowdhury (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering): 1st prize for poster presentation at College of Engineering Graduate Symposium 2021

    Beth Dotan (Teacher, Learning, and Teacher Education, Digital Humanities): Cooper Foundation Grant

    Nicholas Harp (Psychology): Harp, N. R., Woo, H., Freeman, J. B., & Neta, M. (2021, February). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Promotes Positivity in the Face of Emotional Ambiguity. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Poster session presented online due to COVID-19. Best poster award finalist.

    Trevor Kauer (Communication Studies): Kauer, T., Koenig Kellas, J., & Taladay, C. (2021). Awarded $1000 (half amount). Project title: Helping the Great Plains through the pandemic: Frontline healthcare workers making sense of covid-19 via stories. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Great Plains Studies COVID Stories Grant.

    Rosalind Kichler (Sociology/Women and Gender Studies): Won the J.J. & Eleanor S. Ogle Academic Year Fellowship from the Sociology Department. This award will support her in her final year of study by providing full support (tuition, stipend, and health insurance) for a semester.

    Evangela Oates (Educational Administration): Recipient of the 2021 Dissertation of the Year award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). To be announced Friday Apr. 16 2021 during its annual conference. CSCC (https://cscconline.education.illinois.edu/ ) is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the premier scholarly association for community college studies in the U.S.

    Falah Rashoka (Nutrition and Health Sciences): Karen E. Craig fellowship

    Renae Sieck (Animal Science): Winner - MS Graduate Oral Competition at the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science meeting, "A de novo recessive mutation causative of mandibulofacial dysostosis in Hereford cattle."

    Published work

    Justin Anderrson (Educational Psychology):

  • Andersson, J., Schaben, C., Buhs, E., & Grandgenett, N. (2021). Phenomenology of secondary students' experiences in out-of-school time science research. Science Educator, 28(1), 1-10.

    James Benes (Geography):

  • (in press) Benes, James, 2020. Book review for Phantom Islands: In Search of Mythical Lands by Dirk Liesemer. Historical Geography.

    Kim Carroll-Steward (Natural Resources):

  • Bhattacharya, D., Chandler, M., Carroll-Steward, K., & Forbes, C.T. (2020). Investigating the phenomenon of increasing surface air temperatures using a global climate modeling approach. The Science Teacher, 88(1), 58-66.
  • Bhattacharya, D., Carroll-Steward, K., & Forbes, C.T. (in press). Empirical research on K-16 climate education: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Geoscience Education.

    Pradeep Chaudhary (Physics and Astronomy):

  • Chaudhary et al., Nano lett. 20, 5873 (2020).
  • Chaudhary et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 118, 083106 (2021)

    Beth Dotan (Teacher, Learning, and Teacher Education, Digital Humanities):

  • Lunch and Learn - Harris Center for Judaic Studies, DH Afternoons

    Andrew Hanna (Management):

  • Hanna, A.A., Smith, T.A., Kirkman, B.L., & Griffin, R.W. 2021 The emergence of emergent leadership: A comprehensive framework and directions for future research. Journal of Management, 47(1), 76-104.
  • Griffin, R.W., Hanna, A.A., Smith, T.A., & Kirkman, B.L. 2021. The organizational consequences of bad leadership. In D. Lusk & T. Hayes (Eds.), SIOP Professional Practice Series: The Good, the Bad, and the Human Dark Side at Work.

    Nicolas Harp (Psychology):

  • Harp, N. R., Brown, C. C., & Neta, M. (2020). Spring Break or Heart Break? Extending Valence Bias to Emotional Words. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550620972296

    Matt Hille (Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences):

  • Hille, M., Dickey, A., Robbins, K., Clawson, M. L., & Loy, J. D. (2020). Rapid differentiation of Moraxella bovoculi genotypes 1 and 2 using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry profiles. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 173, 105942. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2020.105942
  • Bartenslager AC, Althuge ND, Loy JD, Hille MM, Spangler ML, Fernando SC. Longitudinal assessment of the bovine ocular bacterial community dynamics in calves. Anim Microbiome. 2021 Jan 30;3(1):16. doi:10.1186/s42523-021-00079-3
  • Hille, M.M., Clawson, M.L., Dickey, A.M., Lowery, J.H., & Loy, J.D. (2021) MALDI-TOF MS Biomarker Detection Models to Distinguish RTX Toxin Phenotypes of Moraxella bovoculi Strains Are Enhanced Using Calcium Chloride Supplemented Agar. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 11(202). doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.632647

    Trevor Kauer (Communication Studies):

  • Braithwaite, D., O Harris, T., Ohl, J., Kauer, T. (in press). Getting to know the discipline of communication. In B. W. Bach, D. O. Braithwaite, & S. Ganesh, S. (Eds.). By degrees: Resilience, relationships and success in communication graduate studies. Cognella.
  • Kauer, T. (in press). Just counting the threads!. In M. Cundall & S. Kelly (Eds.), Therapeutic Cases in Health and Humor (1st ed.). IGI Global.
  • Farris, K., Houser, M., Kauer, T., & Carpenter, L. (2021). The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: How do instructors make sense of their helicopter teaching behaviors and student effects?. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Online. https://doi.org/10.1080/17459435.2020.1853209
  • Segrin, C., Burke, T., & Kauer, T. (2020). Overparenting is associated with perfectionism in parents of young adults. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 9(3), 181–190. https://doi.org/10.1037/cfp

    Rosalind Kichler (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies):

  • Her solo-authored manuscript "'What Has Kept Me Alive': Transgender Communities and Support" was accepted for publication by The Journal of Homosexuality this March

    Amir Monemian Esfahani (Mechanical and Materials Engineering):

  • Monemian Esfahani. A, Rosenbohm. J, Tajvidi Safa. B, Lavrik. N, Minnick. G, Zhou. Q, Kong. F, Jin. X, Kim. E, Liu. Y, Lu. Y, Lim. J.Y, Wah lII, J. J.K, Dao. M, Huang. C, Yang. R, Characterization of the Strain Rate-Dependent Mechanical Response of single Cell-Cell Junctions, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (7)
  • Jin. X., Rosenbohm. J, Kim. E, Monemian Esfahani. A, Seiffert-Sinha. K, Wah lIII. J.K, Lim. J.Y, Sinha. A. A. *, Yang. R, Modulation of Mechanical Stress Mitigates Anti-Dsg3-Induced Dissociation of Cell-Cell Adhesion, 2020 Adv. Biology. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202000159. Cover page.
  • Jaberi. A, Monemian Esfahani. A, Aghabaglou. F, Park. J.S, Ndao. S, Tamayol. A, Yang. R, Microfluidic Systems with Embedded Cell Culture Chambers for High-Throughput Biological Assays, 2020, ACS Appl. Bio Mater., 3, 10, 6661–6671. Co-first author. Cover page.
  • Perez‐Toralla. K, Olivera‐Torres. A, Rose. M, Monemian Esfahani. A, Reddy. K, Yang. R, Morin. S.A, Facile Production of Large‐Area Cell Arrays Using Surface‐Assembled Microdroplets, 2020. Adv. Sci. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.202000769

    Bri Peterson (SGIS - Forensic Anthropology):

  • Book review submitted: “The Investigator” by Vladimir Dzuro, 2021 submitted to the Nebraska Anthropologist January 2021
  • Manuscript submitted: Subsistence and Seasonality of the Roque Island Archipelago (Maine, USA) during the Ceramic Period (3,000 to 700 BP) with Dr. Bill Belcher, Sarah Ghannam, and Bailey Oettel submitting to the online Journal of the North Atlantic in 2021

    Rubi Quinones (Computer Science & Engineering ):

  • Journal Article in review: "Benchmark analysis between the novel coupling of image cosegmentation with plant phenotyping datasets collected via high-throughput imaging systems"

    Falah Rashoka (Nutrition and Health Sciences):

  • Rashoka, F. N, Kelley, M.S, Garcia, M.A (2021). Serving Refugees in a Pandemic: Insight from Yezidis Experiences in the Midwest. Harvard Public Health Review journal; Volume 28.
  • Rashoka, F. N (2021). COVID-19 Contagion among Limited English Proficiency Communities: Lesson from Volunteerism. Harvard Public Health Review journal; Volume 29

    Andrea Sbei and Mason McKinney (Anthropology):

  • Scott, GR, Stull, KE, Sbei, AN, McKinney, M, Boling, SR, Irish, JD. Rocker jaw: Global context for a Polynesian characteristic. Anat Rec. 2020; 1– 16. https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.24566

    Cody Solesbee (School Psychology):

  • Stavinoha, P.L., Solesbee, C., Swearer, S.M., Svoboda, S., Klesse, L.J., & Holland, A.A. (2021). Risk factors for bullying victimization in children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1). Children.

    Amie Sommers (Natural Resources):

  • Sommers, A., White, H., Alred, A., Dauer, J., & Forbes, C.T. (in press). Faculty development, teaching, and student outcomes in undergraduate food, energy, and water systems (FEWS) courses. Journal of College Science Teaching.

    Holly White (Natural Resources):

  • White, H., Lally, D., Forbes, C.T. (in press). Investigating groundwater: Middle school students’ mapping data-driven, computer-based models to socio-hydrologic phenomena. Journal of Geoscience Education.


    Justin Anderrson (Educational Psychology):

  • Hamblin, T., Zachek, A., & Andersson, J. (2021, April 8-12). The Nebraska educator: Educational leadership publication during the pandemic [Conference presentation]. American Educational Research Association (AERA): Online.
  • Andersson, J., Buhs, E., & Schaben, C. (2021, May 19-22). Using transcendental phenomenology to gain insight into how secondary students experience out-of-school-time science research [Conference presentation]. Accepted for the 17th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Online.

    Ryan Bickhaus (Mechanical Engineering):

  • Guidelines for Flaring Approach Guardrail Transitions (AGTs) Away from the Traveled Roadway, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program, Transportation Research Board 2021 Annual Meeting

    Catie Carney (School Psychology):

  • Jones, C. M., Kesselring, S. A., Swearer, S. M., & Palacios, R. A. (2020, November 19–22). Is family support enough? Exploring the role of perceived support for LGBQ youth when coping with bullying victimization [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Virtual Convention, United States.

    Miriam Crinion (School Psychology):

  • Crinion, M. P., Swearer, S. M., Palacios, R. A., Morris, T., & White, C. (2020, November 19–22). Promoting hopeful thinking in victimized youth [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Virtual Convention, United States.
  • Crinion, M. P., Jones, C., & Swearer, S., M. (2020, August 6-8). Perceptions of power imbalance across roles in the bullying dynamic [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) [https://convention.apa.org%20/]https://convention.apa.org /

    Guadalupe Gutierrez (School Psychology):

  • Gutierrez, G., Noetzel, A. G., Swearer, S. M., & Torres, C. (2020, October 29-November 1). A culturally responsive intervention for bully perpetrators [Poster presentation]. The National Latinx Psychological Association, Online Conference. http://www.nlpaconference.org/
  • Gutierrez, G., Palacios, R., Noetzel, A. G., Swearer, S. M., & Svoboda, S. (2020, August 6-8). Not all internalizing symptoms are equal: Psychometric analyses in a Latinx sample [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org

    Anna Headlee (Architecture):

  • Community Service project for Resilience in Recovery: Planning A Future Winslow, NPZA Spring Virtual Workshop, March 12, 2021

    Matt Hille (Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences):

  • Rapid differentiation of Moraxella bovoculi genotypes 1 and 2 using MALDI-TOF MS profiles. Presented at the 2020 annual meeting for the American Association of Laboratory Diagnosticians, October, 2020. Best oral presentation award.

    Trevor Kauer (Communication Studies):

  • Kauer, T. (2021, February). First Responders as Fictive Kin: Communicating Support to Create a “Second Family". Departmental Research Colloquium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE.

    Samantha Kesserling (School Psychology):

  • Kesselring, S.A., Swearer, S.M., Jones, C.M., Swanson, L.R. (2020, August 6-8). The role of LGBQ identity status in bullying involvement. [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org/.
  • Kesselring, S.A., Swearer, S.M., Morris, T.I., & Jones, C.M. (2020, August 6-8). Power imbalance: Internalizing problems in youth involved in bullying. [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org

    Raul Palacios (School Psychology):

  • Palacios, R. A., Swearer, S. M., Solesbee, C., & Gutierrez, G. (2020, August 6–8). Bullying and mental health disparities among sexual minority youth. In C. Wang (Chair) & S. Swearer (Discussant), Bullying and mental health among racial and sexual minority students [Symposium]. American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org

    Bri Peterson (SGIS - Forensic Anthropology):

  • Forensic Anthropology for Non-Experts at the Nebraska Division of the International Association of Identification’s 37th Annual Meeting on 7 April 2021

    Falah Rashoka (Nutrition and Health Sciences):

  • Rashoka, F. N (2021): COVID-19 Contagion among Limited English Proficiency Communities: Lesson from Volunteerism. Research Conference at College of Public Health, UNMC; spring 2021.
  • Institute for Healthcare Advancement 17th Annual Health Literacy Conference. (2021 May). Virtual.
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska Population Health Conference: Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes. (2021 April). Lincoln, NE.

    Rachel Reith (Animal Science):

  • Oral presentation at the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Sciences meeting, "Zilpaterol Hydrochloride and Heat Stress Each Alter the Cattle Adipose Transcriptome and Predicted to Alter Molecular Pathways After 21 Days."

    Morgan Ryan (Geography):

  • Morgan presented his work on school place identity at the National Applied Geography conference in October.
  • Additionally, he co-authored a presentation on regional food desertification on the Great Plains with professor Robert Shepard, which was presented at the National Association of American Geographers conference in April.

    Renae Sieck (Animal Science):

  • Sieck RL, Fuller AM, Bedwell PS, Ward JA, Sanders SK, Xiang S-H, Peng S, Petersen JL, Steffen DJ. Mandibulofacial Dysostosis Attributed to a Recessive Mutation of CYP26C1 in Hereford Cattle. Genes. 2020; 11(11):1246. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111246

    Linnea Swanson (School Psychology):

  • Swanson, L. R., Swearer, S.M., Jones, C.M., Kesselring, S.A., Palacios, R. A. (2020, August 6-8). Promoting positivity: The interaction of optimism and coping on depression. [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org

    Cesar Torres (School Psychology):

  • Torres, C. A., Noetzel, A., Palacios, R., Swearer, S.M. (2020, August 6-8). Empowering students to report bullying behavior. [Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC., USA (Virtual) https://convention.apa.org

    Kelley Wick (Development and Learning Sciences):

  • Wick, K.M., Ramm, E., Stevenson, T., Kesselring, S. Swanson, L., Swearer, S.M., & Clark, C. (2020, November 19-22). The role of faculty in students’ well-being in higher education. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. *Conference moved online due to COVID-19
  • Wick, K.M., Ramm, E., Stevenson, T., Kesselring, S., Swanson, L., Swearer, S.M., Clark, C. (2020, August 6-8). Fostering connection: The importance of faculty involvement in student retention.[Poster Presentation] American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC, USA (Virtual) https://www.convention.apa.org
  • Wick, K. M., Stevenson, T.L., Ramm, E., Meyers, L. S., Swearer, S., & Clark, C. (2020). Fostering connection: Predicting sense of belonging on college campuses. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA.