In summer 2016, Dr. Pavel Lukashev, UNI Physics major, Ibro Tutic, and UNI Chemistry major, Juliana Herran participated in the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) facilities. This program recruits faculty/student pairs from regional four-year colleges and universities to engage in summer research with MRSEC faculty, with the goal of providing a research experience which benefit both the participants and the MRSEC projects. In particular, Juliana, Ibro, and Dr. Lukashev performed combined theoretical and experimental studies of various Heusler compounds which are considered as candidate materials to exhibit highly spin-polarized current at a room temperature. In case of 100% spin polarization such materials are called half-metals, and have enormous potential for practical device applications in an emerging field of spintronics. The work was performed in close collaboration with the UNL Physics Department.