BBR Scholars

Dr. Rosenberg with students

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.

Preparing Students for their Futures

The Bureau of Business Research (BBR) provides Nebraska companies, non-profits and government agencies with valuable, unbiased research. Its Bureau Scholars Program gives bright undergrads an opportunity to participate in those projects. Our scholars gain valuable research experience under the direct supervision of faculty and staff.

Train, Collaborate, Present Findings, Get Published!

Why You Should Work with Us

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.

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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

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

2019

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

2019

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

2019

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

2019

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.
                              
SPRING 2020

January

24

2020

January 24: Regression - (Dr. Mann)
Students will learn the basics of conducting regression analysis using the R language.

February

21

2020

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

2020

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

2020

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.

April

Mid

2020

Mid-April: UNL Research Fair
Students will present their Research Poster at the Undergraduate Research Fair.

Select Research Posters

Dr. David Rosenbaum with students

Undergraduate students working with the Bureau created posters from research studies that they presented online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are you ready to be a part of our team?

Check out examples of actual posters presented by BBR student scholars.

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.

BBR Scholars Alumni

Class of 2019

Tommie Brechbill
Tommie Brechbill
Kalana Jayanetti
Kalana Jayanetti
Dikshya Pandey
Dikshya Pandey
Tim Paschal
Tim Paschal
Atharva Tendle
Atharva Tendle
Uyen Tran
Uyen Tran
Victoria Villota
Victoria Villota
Kylee Yakel
Kylee Yakel

Class of 2018

Max Camey
Max Camey
Alisa Petersen
Alisa Petersen