Spotlight on our Students
The National Science Foundation’s National Research Traineeship at Nebraska is designed to fund up to 23 students within five years, adding 5 students each fall. The Nebraska NRT has funded all the students pictured on the Current Students webpage. Our students come from different backgrounds but share an interest in ensuring the sustainability and resilience of earth’s agro-ecosystems. They bring together their unique life experiences, outlooks and aspirations to break current barriers to solving overriding ecological issues and improving the world now and for future generations. Below, some of our students are spotlighted. Click on their names to read their stories and see how your story can fit at the University of Nebraska. At UNL, your story matters!
M.S. student, Biological Systems Engineering Department
Monitoring resilience of waterways—and oneself!
Designing and testing new equipment for monitoring erosion and deposition proved exciting for NRT engineering student Jessie Johnson as she faced floods, high temperatures, humidity and curious cows.
For her master’s project, Johnson and her advisor, Aaron Mittelstet, sought a better way to monitor erosion in agricultural lands and along streambanks since soil can hold phosphorous and other contaminants that pollute water and since soil loss can damage infrastructure.
Read more about Jessica Johnson and this research
Student Spotlight Archive
M.S. student, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
M.S. Student, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering