Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) Directory

The FRAP Directory allows students to identify UCSB faculty who are looking for undergraduate students to participate in their research projects or creative activities. Please use the links below to find opportunities by discipline. Students, if your desired discipline is not listed, please contact the Undergraduate Research Initiatives office at 805-893-3090 or urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.

Counseling Clinical and School Psychology

Erika Felix

Location:
ED 2135

Research Project

We are conducting several research studies on the impact of collectively-experienced traumas, such as natural disasters, terrorism, and mass shootings, on youth, young adults, and parents. We explore how these traumatic events may impact mental health, and the risk and protective factors that may influence long-term adjustment. Currently, we are exploring how media coverage of these events may impact people who did not directly experience the trauma. This may include impact on their own well-being, attitudes towards others, perceived safety, and how parents may parent.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants would help with developing the surveys, assist in programming the surveys into Qualtrics, data cleaning, and help with data analysis. There are also opportunities to provide feedback on the content of surveys and help with literature reviews. Undergraduates are able to work closely with the graduate students on the team, under the supervision of Dr. Erika Felix.

Requirements

A prospective volunteer would need to meet with Dr. Felix first, to discuss interest, availability of opportunities, fit, and expectations. Students need to be responsible, reliable, and in good standing academically. We are open to any major, although priority will be given to students in the CNCSP Applied Psychology minor (but this is not a requirement to volunteer).

Shane Jimerson

Location:
Education 2119

Research Project

The Power of Play project focuses on the utility of specific playground strategies targeted to facilitate pro-social play activities and the development of conflict resolution and problem solving skills among elementary-aged children. Dr. Jimerson is looking for Research Assistants who can optimally commit for the Fall, Winter, and Spring (or those beginning mid year who may continue the remainder of the current year and the following year). Research Assistants enroll in CNCSP 199RA or the CNCSP 197 seminar to obtain course credit for their participation each quarter (depending upon your availability between 1-4 credits, 3hrs per credit). Responsibilities include; A) participating in weekly team meetings, B) playing with children (grades 1-3) during recess, C) reviewing relevant literature.

Undergraduate Contribution

Responsibilities include; A) participating in weekly team meetings, B) playing with children (grades k-6) during recess, C) reviewing relevant literature.

Requirements

If you are interested in contributing to Dr. Jimerson’s research team, please e-mail responses to the questions below to Cecile Binmoeller (cbinmoeller@education.ucsb.edu) and cc: Dr. Jimerson (Jimerson@education.ucsb.edu).

  • NAME:
  • E-mail Address:
  • 1) Expected date of graduation?
  • 2) Major and Overall UC GPA?
  • 3) Future plans: Graduate school or otherwise?
  • 4) Future plans: Career?
  • 5) Of all the volunteers, why are you an optimal candidate

Maryam Kia-Keating

Location:
Education 2115

Research Project

Photovoice Research Project: Seeking students as undergraduate Research Assistants to work for two quarters with a UCSB clinical psychology faculty member on a Photovoice project at San Marcos High School (SMHS). The program will take place Monday through Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. in the photography class at SMHS.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will participate in two photography classes each week, as well as receive weekly supervision.

Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: a 2-quarter commitment and bilingual speakers are preferred. If interested please fill out the SURVEY (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HYPC37W) and CONTACT Diana Capous at dcapous@education.ucsb.edu to set up an interview.

Chunyan Yang

Location:
Education 2113
(805) 893-4175

Research Project

We, the UC Santa Barbara Risk, Resilience, and Culture (RISE) Group, are conducting school-based research to understand the functions of malleable factors (i.e., school climate, social-emotional learning, home-school engagement) that could be targeted in school-based prevention and intervention and to promote the wellbeing and engagement of all school members. We are particularly interested in promoting students, teachers, and parents’ resilience in face of a variety of risk factors in school settings and beyond, such as bullying, cyberbullying, peer victimization, teacher burnout, and mental health problems. Embracing the profound influence of culture in shaping the development of resilience and risks, we also conduct risk and resilience research on cross-cultural and multi-cultural issues to inform culturally sensitive school-based practices supporting students and families with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

See link for more detailed information about our ongoing research projects. https://chunyanyang.wixsite.com/ucsbrisegroup/projects

In addition to the above ongoing research project, we are also actively recruiting undergraduate research assistants to help with a new research project that use school gardening as an innovative approach to promote children’s physical and social-emotional health and the positive school climate in local elementary schools in Santa Barbara County.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants would be engaged in hands-on educational activities with students and educators in local schools and participating in research group meeting. They would also help with conducting observations, developing the surveys, data collection, and data analysis. There are also opportunities to help with literature reviews and conference presentations, and potentially co-authoring peer-review journal articles. Undergraduates are able to work closely with the graduate students on the team, under the supervision of Dr. Chunyan Yang.

Requirements

A prospective research assistant would need complete the Undergraduate Research Assistant Application Form and meet with Dr. Yang to discuss the interest, availability of opportunities, fit, and expectations. Students need to be responsible, reliable, and in good standing academically. Previous experience with children, schools, and families with diverse background in educational settings is desired. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.

See more additional information for research assistant application process following the link https://chunyanyang.wixsite.com/ucsbrisegroup/join-us