Lydia examines a test tube in a lab. She is framed by clear bottles and other lab equipment
Lydia examines a test tube in a lab. She is framed by clear bottles and other lab equipment

For Women’s History Month, we’re featuring some of our impactful female students. This week, meet Lydia Storm, a forensic science and biochemistry major from Lawrence, Kansas. As the winner of a CASNR Change Maker Scholarship, she’s working to encourage late-elementary school-aged girls to pursue STEM fields.

Why are you passionate about encouraging women, particularly younger girls in elementary and middle school, to get into STEM?

Many girls at the late-elementary/middle school level self-select out of difficult subjects like math or science because they do not feel smart enough when competing with boys. This time is crucial to get females involved and passionate about STEM fields so that they have the option later if they choose. It is proven that…


By Meyri Ibrahim, political science and journalism major

Growing up, we learned about slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation, and reconstruction. We learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the influential people involved, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. However, the history we learned and the actual events are two very different stories.

Meyri smiles at the camera as she sits outside the Lied Center on the benches on a warmer winter day
Meyri smiles at the camera as she sits outside the Lied Center on the benches on a warmer winter day

To me, Black History Month means that people get to celebrate the accomplishments and try to understand the struggles that Black people have faced and still face in this country.

In one of her more famous poems titled Still I Rise, Maya Angelou shares a story…


Damien poses outside the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center as he looks to the left
Damien poses outside the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center as he looks to the left

For Black History Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Damien Niyonshuti, an integrated science major from Kigali, Rwanda. On campus, he’s found himself surrounded by ambition and innovation, propelling him to make an impact through his leadership and involvement on campus and setting his sights on future impact in his home country.

How do your on-campus involvements allow you to make an impact and/or achieve your goals?

On campus, I have been super involved, both community-wise and academically. I do both because I do think there’s a good deal of overlap that provides me with many possibilities. I am involved with the ASUN Student Government


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For Black History Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Da’Von George, a graphic design major from Omaha, Nebraska. Through his involvements on campus and in the community, he hopes to become a positive role model for others.

How did you choose your major?

I chose Graphic Design as a major because growing up I’ve always loved art. Along with that, this major incorporates technology in the practice. Lastly, Graphic Design has paths to cartoon design, fashion design, image sketches and other fields!

What are you passionate about?

This is a tough question, as I am passionate about a lot of things…


Memory smiles at the camera on Nebraska’s City Campus
Memory smiles at the camera on Nebraska’s City Campus

For Black History Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Memory Manda, a sociology graduate student from Lusaka, Zambia. In 2018, she came to Nebraska as a recipient of the National Institute of Health Fogarty grant for HIV Research Training. The work she’s doing at Nebraska will help her make an impact on people in her home country.

Talk a little bit about your research.

The title of my research is “Barriers to Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Kaposi Sarcoma.” Kaposi sarcoma is a skin cancer and in Zambia, it is the second most common cancer. …


Drake Keeler stands in front of Memorial Stadium looking off to the left
Drake Keeler stands in front of Memorial Stadium looking off to the left

For Black History Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Drake Keeler, a journalism major with a minor in African American studies from Parker, Colorado. In October 2020, he began leading an online project focused on Black Lives Matter and telling Black stories on campus, and helped launch The Daily Nebraskan Diversity and Inclusion Board to foster more inclusive coverage and a more diverse newsroom.

Why are you passionate about writing about the intersection of race and sports?

I think it’s essential that we understand that the athletes we cover are far more than just athletes, and we should capture all of that in…


A flowering tree blooms in front of Hamilton Hall on City Campus
A flowering tree blooms in front of Hamilton Hall on City Campus

We have all heard the phrase “new year, new me” when a new year rolls around. While it may seem like a cliche, there are some advantages to embodying the statement, especially when it comes to making yourself and your wellbeing a priority. Below are some tips on how to make the most of your new year.

Set aside time each day to reflect

From journaling down your thoughts to taking time to meditate or read a good self-care book, there are many ways to reflect on our days. One of the most helpful ways to see and experience growth is to write things down. This way…


An aerial photo of Nebraska’s City Campus
An aerial photo of Nebraska’s City Campus

2020 was full of challenges. But students embodied the “In our grit, our glory” spirit that is emblematic of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Here are just a few of the amazing things accomplished by Husker students in 2020.

Protecting the community

Emily Pillard has known how to sew since she was six. When she realized she could use her skill to keep people safe from COVID-19, she started producing fabric masks. Now she’s shipped thousands across the country. Read more.

Raising awareness

For Marine Corps veteran Rodrigo Venegas, starting college while reentering civilian life wasn’t easy. But with help from fellow Huskers and on-campus resources…


Snow covers the ground surrounding the Visitors Center with Love Library in the distance.
Snow covers the ground surrounding the Visitors Center with Love Library in the distance.

This year has been unlike any other and it’s required lots of changes and hard work. But you did it and you deserve time for yourself! Check out tips below of things you can do over the next 8 weeks to prepare for 2021.

Update your resume

No matter what year you are in school, now is a great time to make sure your resume is up to date. Career Services has several resources available, whether you are crafting your first college resume, or updating to prepare for post-grad life. …


An illustration of people working on computers at a table and someone at a large notepad
An illustration of people working on computers at a table and someone at a large notepad

At Nebraska, the Silicon Prairie extends into the classroom and on campus where Huskers are developing businesses from the ground up. These past and present students walked the same campus as you, probably took some of the same classes as you, and come from all kinds of backgrounds. They took their grit and passion and turned it into something fantastic — and we love to celebrate their entrepreneurship!

Lizz Whitacre

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A top tier research & Big Ten university. Home of the Huskers. www.unl.edu

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