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Student Research

Completing undergraduate research can be one of the most important and rewarding parts of your college experience.

  • Challenge yourself.
  • Clarify your interest in the field of study, career interests, and post-graduation plans.
  • Make original contributions to knowledge.
  • Strengthen your written and oral communication, critical thinking, and analytical and other technical skills.
  • Prepare for graduate school because it helps build your confidence in your abilities within the discipline.

We encourage you to reach out to WGS faculty about assisting with their research or creative activity or helping you develop your own project. You can also conduct original research as part of your senior thesis project to Graduate with Distinction from the College of Arts and Sciences -- or -- as part of your honors thesis through UNL’s Honors Program.

No Limits

No Limits Student Research Conference

No Limits is an interdisciplinary student conference on issues related to women, gender, and sexuality and is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Programs at UNO, UNK and UNL. It is held annually in early March and rotates between the campuses at Lincoln, Kearney, and Omaha. It is open to graduate students and undergraduates and serves as a great way for students to share their scholarly research and creative projects. In order to keep this event accessible to all participants, No Limits charges no conference registration fee.


Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Lab

Directed by Dr. Kathryn Holland, the SASH Lab studies a variety of issues related to sexual assault and sexual health—with the goal of helping people (and especially women) live safer and healthier lives.


Objectification of Women Lab

Directed by Dr. Sarah Gervais, OWL conducts research into a variety of topics related to objectification, dehumanization, gender and sexuality, intergroup relations, stereotyping and prejudice, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, violence, aggression, and women in STEM.

Culture Conflict and Law

Culture, Conflict and Law Lab

Directed by Dr. Ashley Votruba, the Culture, Conflict and Law Lab leverages social psychological theory and empirical research methodology to help inform legal scholars' and policymakers' understanding of how human psychology affects policy and legal judgment and decision-making. More specifically, we study factors such as cognitive biases, heuristics, and cultural derived cognitive tendencies and their influence on policy and legal decision-making in the areas of torts, criminal law, and family law.

UCARE student

Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience

UCARE students with at least 30 credit hours work with a faculty mentor on a variety of projects in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Learn about the research process and earn a stipend.

FYRE student and faculty member

First Year Research Experience

FYRE matches eligible incoming freshman with faculty mentors to learn about research and creative activity in the mentor’s field and to participate in a manageable research or creative project(s).

McNair students

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Program prepares selected undergraduates for graduate study by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and develop the skills and student/mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.

Summer Program students

Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program is a consortium of NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other summer research opportunities programs (SROP). increases the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate study and research careers by taking undergraduates through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and other activities. It is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.