Research Assistants

Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants (UGRA’s)

We are not currently seeking new UGRAs at this time. If you are interested in working as a UGRA, please contact Noah for more information. Applications will be available soon.

Current UGRA’s

Anna Fangmeier

I am a junior from Lincoln, Nebraska. Currently, I am earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as minoring in Biochemistry. After graduating in May of 2014, I plan to continue onto medical school. There are several medical specialties that have captured my interest, one of them being neurology. My interest in neurology is what lead me to join the Developmental Brain Lab. As a research assistant, I hope to better understand the brain and how it functions as well as gain experience in an area that is related to neurology. Outside of the lab, I spend a lot of time involved in music ensembles. On my primary instrument, clarinet, I participate in UNL’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. I am also a member of the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band, for which I play tenor saxophone. I am also a member of the Pre-Health Club, and have volunteered for local hospitals.
Anna Fangmeier

Grant Garrison

I am a sophomore from Papillion, Nebraska and I am majoring in Biology/Pre-med. My goal is to finish my undergrad in 2015 and hopefully continue my schooling by attending medical school. This lab first excited me because I wanted to help and work with people, become a neurologist, and ultimately learn more about the brain. I spend a lot of time with Beta Theta Pi fraternity, NHRI, the Honors Program, and being an active member on campus. I am always reminded by the great opportunities this lab and the things I’ve learned. I find the brain to be one of the most fascinating things there is and I enjoy learning more about it and how it works everyday.
Grant Garrison

John Haslam

I am a sophomore from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I am working toward my Biology and Economic degrees with a Pre-Medical focus. At Lincoln I am involved in variety of organizations including: Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Honor’s Program, AMSA, and Medlife. I started working with this lab because I have a strong interest in how the brain works. My future goals include attending medical school and possibly pursue a specialty in Neurosurgery.


Sara Mason

I’m a junior from Auburn, NE. I am a Psychology major and minoring in both Biological Sciences and English. I am a member of the Honors Program, Honors Ambassadors, Undergraduate Psychology Organization, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Natural Human Resources Institute, and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. I became interested in the Developmental Brain lab because I have plans of becoming a Neuropsychologist and I also love working with children. I am excited to learn more about the brain and how it functions throughout development!

Andrea Meinders

I am a sophomore from Bellevue, Nebraska. I am a psychology and pre-medicine student, and I plan on attending medical school following graduation in May 2015. I am a volunteer at the Nebraska Medical Center and part of the University Honors Program. I joined the lab because of my interest in everything dealing with the brain and hope to use what I learn by becoming a Neurologist
Andrea Meinders


Jackie O’Doherty

Majors: Nutrition Science and Psychology
Minor: Agricultural Leadership & Education
Goals: UNMC Physician’s Assistant Program
Research Interests: As of right now, there is no one definitive test or marker that easily sorts out whether or not someone has a concussion, or how severe it is, and yet it affects hundreds of thousands of athletes each year. My specific focus this year concerns concussions in football players currently playing at the University. I’ll be assessing the athletes’ brain function and the presence of concussion symptoms in addition to conducting assessments in cognitive neuroscience to measure a part of the working memory. After testing is completed, verbal and visual recognition, working memory and visual processing speed, learning and memory, impulse control and response inhibition, as well as visual motor-response speed will all be recorded and hopefully used to further our knowledge on how the brain is affected (short and long-term) by a concussion.
Activities: Alpha Phi, Nebraska Human Resources Institute, Navigators Ministry, Volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, working on a CNA License, Beverage Cart Server at Lincoln Country Club
Interests: I played on the University’s golf team for 2 years, so golf is definitely one of my passions that I get to keep up with frequently because I work at a golf course. Reading good books, listening to good music, and keeping up with friends is what I love to do when I have free time.

Kevin Real

I am a Junior Chemistry major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology from Papillion, Nebraska. When I am not spending my time searching for cats on the web I involve myself with my fraternity Beta Theta Pi, Dance Marathon, NHRI, and teaching chemistry recitations. Initially, I applied for this lab because it sounded like an amazing experience and a great investment for myself and others. My future plans involve Medical School with a specific emphasis in Cardiology or Neurology along with opening up my own practice with the ultra-creative, hip name “Real Medicine.” I am particularly interested in traumatic brain injuries as well as pushing the limit. I came into this lab wanting to attempt novel research in which I have been given ample opportunity to do so. In my free time you will find me reading, biking, and attempting to get to “Master League” on Starcraft.

UGRA Alumni

Maritza Hayes

I am currently a junior with a psychology major and communications minor. I’m from O’Fallon, MO. I play soccer for the UNL Women’s Soccer team and am also a member of the Undergraduate Psychology Organization. My future plan is to further my education by going to graduate school and studying psychology with hopes of eventually become a Sports Psychologist at the university or professional level. I’m excited to broaden my overall knowledge about the brain as well as partake in a variety of experiences throughout my time in lab.
martiza hayes

Megan Andersen

From Freeman, South Dakota, major in Psychology/Pre-Occupational Therapy and a minor in Sociology.
I plan to continue my schooling to become an occupational therapist. I love working with the children in the lab and I hope to continue to use intervention techniques in order to help children throughout my career. Outside of the lab, I enjoy being a member of Psi Chi and Dance Marathon, playing intramural sports and teaching group fitness classes at the Campus Rec Center.

Anna Davidson

From Omaha, NE, studying Nutrition Sciences.
I love keeping busy and being involved on campus. I spend a lot of my time with my sorority Alpha Phi, Dance Marathon, NHRI and Husker Choices. My future plan is to attend medical school after I graduate next year, but I know that with whatever I end up doing, I want to work with people. This lab is great experience for that and I am most excited to participate with developmental research with children! In this lab I also hope to learn more about research and increase my understanding and knowledge of the brain.

Cody Nordhues

Psychology major with a minor in Biological Sciences.
I plan to go into Occupational Therapy with a focus on pediatrics. I am very involved with the Newman Center at UNL and am in the Honors Program. I am also the treasurer of the Occupational Therapy Club. I like to sing, play tennis, and do outdoors activities such as canoeing, hiking, and hunting. I am very excited to have this awesome opportunity to work in the developmental neuropsychology lab. I am especially interested in how the brain works and learning why people behave the way they do. I would like to learn how to screen children for various neurological diseases and possibly help develop some early intervention techniques for them. I would like to learn more about how and why children with sleep deficits tend to show ADHD-like symptoms and whether or not alleviating the sleep deficits reduces the ADHD-like symptoms.

Samantha Pilmaier

Biological Sciences/Pre-Med major, with a minor in Psychology from Elkhorn, NE.
I’m very excited to be contributing to this lab because I will have the opportunity to learn about psychological research techniques, as well as to work with kids. Also, I’m glad to be starting in the dBrain lab during its early stages at UNL. I look forward to seeing the contributions that it will make to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as weel as to the Lincoln community. Outside of the lab, I am involved in a number of different organizations, and I also hold leadership positions in some of them, including Honors Ambassadors, NU Meds, and Delta Gamma sorority. I am planning to graduate in May 2013, after which I hope to attend Medical School.

Matt Smith


Shawna Rodningen


Katie Meidlinger


Sarah Halverson


Roxanne Haslam


Nathan Petro