Dr. Rosenberg with students
BBR Scholars

BBR Scholars is a unique program providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in meaningful economic research. Students will train in a variety of advanced economic research methods and techniques, collaborate in writing research reports and present study findings. There may also be opportunities to submit research products for publication. Scholars may work on Bureau-sponsored projects or potentially develop their own research agenda.

Mentoring is provided by Bureau faculty and staff, as well as senior peers. The wage is competitive and the students are expected to work 10-15 hours per week.

Train, Collaborate, Present Findings, Get Published!

Why Bureau of Business Research?

The UNL Bureau of Business Research is a leading source for analysis and information on the Nebraska economy. The Bureau conducts both contract and sponsored research on the economy of Nebraska and its communities including economic and fiscal benefit analysis; models of the structure and comparative advantage of the current economy; economic, fiscal, and demographic outlooks, and assessments of how economic policy affects industry, labor markets, infrastructure, and the standard of living.

The Bureau also competes for research funding from federal government agencies and private foundations from around the nation and contributes to the academic mission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through scholarly publication and the education of students.

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.

FALL 2019

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.

Select Publications

Dr. Eric Thompson with students

Undergraduate students working with the Bureau have co-authored numerous reports, journals and articles over the years. Are you ready to be a part of our team?

Check out examples of actual reports co-authored by BBR student scholars.

This Could be You!

BBR Scholars Alumni

Class of 2018

Alisa Petersen
Alisa Petersen