BBR Scholars Seminar Series
The BBR Scholars Seminar Series is designed to introduce Scholars to advanced research concepts and techniques. The seminars will prepare Scholars to perform their duties at the BBR, as well as prepare them for future employment and research opportunities. Currently, there are ten sessions scheduled during the 2019-2020 Academic Year.
All seminars will be held from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in HLH.
September 13: R Camp (Student Led) | HLH 310
Bureau Scholar Michael Schneider will lead to students through the basics of getting started in the R programming language.
September 20: Data Collection - (Dr. Thompson and Dr. Herian) | HLH 306
Students will learn how to access and use common data sources used in Bureau Research from the Bureau of Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other state and federal agencies. Students also will learn how to gather data directly from social media sources through methods such as data scraping.
October 25: Survey Methods (Dr. Thompson) | HLH 306
Students will learn the basics of survey analysis including: 1) sample selection, 2) survey delivery (mail vs. telephone vs. on-line vs. mixed methods) and 3) challenges in question design. The seminar also will address common concerns in analyzing survey data such as response bias and item non-response.
November 15: Data Visualization in R (Dr. Herian) | HLH 306
The programming language R is among the most widely-used statistical programming languages in business and research settings. This seminar will build upon Scholars’ existing experience with R to introduce various data management and data visualization concepts. The popular ggplot2 library will be used to develop several different types of plots.
December 6: Data Visualization Presentations (Student Led) | HLH 306
Students will present the results of their data visualization projects. Presentations will feature a variety of topics and skill levels.
January 24: Regression - (Dr. Mann)
Students will learn the basics of conducting regression analysis using the R language.
February 21 - Regression Continued and Research Question Development (Dr. Mann and Dr. Rosenbaum)
Students will study additional topics in regression analysis. Students and Student Teams also will receive feedback in stating the research question addressed in their individual research projects, as a first step in developing their Research Poster.
March 13 - Preliminary Poster Presentation - (Student Led)
Students and Student Teams will present partially complete Research Posters, receive feedback on their presentation and the material presented, and receive suggestions for completing remaining sections of the poster.
April 3 - Final Poster Presentation - (Student Led)
Students and Student Teams will present complete Research posters and receive feedback on their presentation and final ideas for enhancing their poster.
Mid-April: UNL Research Fair
Students will present their Research Poster at the Undergraduate Research Fair.