Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR), chartered in 2006, supports innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration by funding competitive “seed grants” for energy sciences research. About Us describes the mission, goal, vision, center organization and administration, including the Director, Associate Director, Executive Council and the External Advisory Committee. Contact Us gives the office address plus contact information for the Center’s staff. Use the Whittier Research Center Map or UNL’s Campus Maps to locate the NCESR office in Suite 230 of the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.


Energy Center releases RFP for Cycle 11 energy research grants

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research released its Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking innovative energy sciences research and collaboration ideas from UNL faculty.  This is the eleventh annual cycle in which UNL faculty can compete in this internal competition for energy research grants.  These grants are considered seed funding to help UNL faculty develop energy-related research capacity and improve their competitiveness for external funding.  Funding for this opportunity is made possible through an investment in energy sciences research by the Nebraska Public Power District. click here to view NCESR Cycle 11 RFP with attachment.  The deadline to submit a pre-proposal is May 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.   Full proposals will be by invitation only.

If you have any questions concerning this RFP, please contact Michael Nastasi (402-472-3852 or mnastasi2@unl.edu).  You may also leave a message with Lorraine Moon, Office Associate (402-472-6082 or lmoon1@unl.edu).

Summer undergraduate internships selected for 2016

Four undergraduate students were selected as recipients of the Darrell J. Nelson Summer Undergraduate Internship in Energy Sciences Research for the summer of 2016.  The four recipients and their supervising faculty members are:  Aaron Ediger, sponsored by Professor Natale Ianno, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering;  Rebecca Kiat, sponsored by Professor Karrie Weber, School of Biological Sciences; Vojislav Medic, sponsored by Professor Natale Ianno, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Spencer Prockish, sponsored by Professor Xia Hong, Department of Physics and Astronomy.    The internship is named after Mr. Darrell J. Nelson, who served 41 years on the Custer County Public Power District and Nebraska Public Power (NPPD) Boards.  In 2005, Mr. Nelson proposed a partnership between NPPD and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the purpose of engaging in energy sciences research.  The following year, the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) was created with NPPD’s support.  At the end of the paid internship, each student will prepare a summary report that describes their experience and will prepare a poster to describe the accomplishments or results of their work experience in energy sciences research. Their research posters will bepresented at the Nebraska Summer Research Symposium which will take place on Wednesday, August 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union.

UNL Research Poster Sessions were April 12 – 13

DSC00045- Fei Wang discussionThe Spring 2016 Research Fair hosted one-hundred and forty-one UNL graduate students on  April 12 in the Nebraska Union. These students gathered to showcase their research and creative accomplishments by displaying posters.  Seventeen of those students were sponsored by NCESR projects.  On April 13, the Undergraduate poster session was held.  This was  the first year that the Energy Center had an undergraduate student displaying his research at the Research Fair.  To view the posters, click here .

Elena Echeverria wins American Vacuum Society award

Elena Echeverria - award pictureMs. Elena Echeverria won an American Vacuum Society Graduate Research Award. She worked on an NCESR project entitled “Enhancement of Pyroelectric Effect on Organic-Inorganic Interfaces.  Her advisor is Professor Peter Dowben.  The Graduate Research Awards were established by the American Vacuum Society in 1984 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS.  The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium. Approximately ten awards are given annually.

 

Ethiyal Raj Wilson receives NDConnect prize

Ethi Wilson - award picture

The Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame announced the finalists for the fifth annual NDConnect undergraduate nanotechnology research competition.   Among the 14 finalists was Ethiyal Raj Wilson, a junior electrical engineering major at the University of Nebraska.  His project was “Boron carbide for neutron voltaics in deep space missions and other applications.” Ethiyal was a 2015 summer research intern with the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research. His adviser is Professor Peter Dowben. Read more…

Video showcases five energy research projects

The Nebraska Public Power District recently produced a video showcasing five energy research projects funded through the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.  The
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  professors leading these projects are Galen Erickson, Animal Science; Concetta DiRusso, Biochemistry;  Joe Luck, Biological Systems Engineering; James Specht, Agronomy and Horticulture;  and Alexander Sinitskii, Chemistry.  To view the video, go to Video Showcases Five Energy Research Projects  Click on Research Grant Awards to see more information about all research projects.