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 seven seminars scheduled during the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
All seminars will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. in HLH 511P.
September 14: Survey Techniques
The BBR commonly administers surveys to make inferences about the economic activities that take place in certain geographic locations and among specific groups of people. This seminar will cover the seminal research relating to the delivery of mail and internet surveys, with a focus on the effective development and delivery of such surveys.
October 19: Data Visualization in R
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.
November 16: Basics of Regression - Continuous Variables
Regression techniques are commonly used in economics and other fields to estimate the impact that various predictor variables have upon a dependent variable of interest. This seminar will cover the use of regression with continuous dependent variables. A conceptual overview of regression with continuous variable will be provided, and concrete examples will be provided in R.
January 18: Basics of Regression - Discrete Variables
In regression analyses, the dependent variable often takes the form of a discrete variable, where outcomes are binary or consist of a variety of ordered or non-ordered categories. In such situations it is necessary to utilize specialized regression techniques to account for the non-linear nature of these variables. A conceptual overview of regression with discrete variable will be provided, and concrete examples will be provided in R.
February 15: Presenting Research and Research Posters
This seminar will lay out the basics in presenting research and research posters. BBR faculty and staff will provide insights into presenting different types of research for various audiences.
March 15: Student Presentations
BBR Scholars will engage in several different research projects over the course of the academic year. This seminar will give Scholars the opportunity to present research that will not be presented at the annual spring research fair.
April 5: Student Presentations/Prepare for UNL Research Fair Poster Session
BBR Scholars will present their research at the annual UNL Research Fair Undergraduate Poster Competition. This seminar will give Scholars the opportunity to present their research posters to BBR faculty and staff, and to fellow Scholars.