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.

English

Felice Blake

Location:
South Hall 2702

Research Project

The Black Nostalgia Project examines how Black writers in the US think about the past. Given the current rhetoric on 'making America great again' (a phrase taken from the African American poet Langston Hughes), how do Black people think about the past in relation to the present and the future? I am researching 20th and 21st century literature, art, music, film, and television portrayals by Black artists and their representations of time. The project will produce a book manuscript and documentary.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research on different periods of cultural production from the New Negro Movement to Black Lives Matter. Collecting and organizing titles and abstracts of a variety of cultural products. Viewing of films and televisual programming as well as listening to a variety of 20th and 21st century musics (from bebop to hip hop and neosoul).

Requirements

Some course experience on African American or African Diasporic history, politics, and/or culture. Familiarity with library research engines. Interest in Black culture and politics.

Jeremy Douglass

Location:
South Hall 2518

Research Project

The Transverse Reading Project is studying the media structures in comic page layouts, poetic rhyme schemes, and video game plots. This phase focuses on gamebooks -- that is, playable print stories. This project will data mine, analyze, and visualize branching plot structures in hundreds of interactive stories, principally gamebooks from the Demian Katz Gamebook Collection.

Undergraduate Contribution

Researchers will receive training and conduct archival research at UCSB Library Special Collections, encode game narratives, map interactive stories, and participate in data analysis, information visualization, and write up research results.

Requirements

Reliable and eager to learn. Archival research requires being detail-oriented and organized. No technical skills required, but researchers should be open to working with software and learning new things. Interests in literature, games, and interactive media are an asset.

Enda Duffy

Location:
SH 2717

Research Project

The Catalyst Project supports 5 research assistants, members of the editorial board for the literary arts magazine, responsible for producing the 2017-18 issues of the magazine.

Undergraduate Contribution

The research assistants lead the production of the Catalyst magazine and related arts events in Isla Vista. This includes leading the writing, designing, and printing of the magazine copies as well as organizing and hosting events. The costs include designing and printing ($5000+ per issue), art supplies (around $200-400), and events supplies (around $300-400).

Requirements

Editorial skills

Technical or design skills

Organizational ability

Collaborative capacity

Adobe InDesign

Leadership

Patricia Fumerton

Location:
2506 South Hall
708-0540

Research Project

English Broadside Ballad Archive, http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu. This project is devoted to mounting online facsimile images, citations, transcriptions, and recordings of broadside ballads of the seventeenth century and earlier. Broadside ballads are large sheets (hence "broad) on which are printed many illustrations, a song, and a tune title.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates work alongside graduate students to create "facsimile transcriptions" (in which the student opens up a facsimile of the ballad in Photoshop and a transcription in Word, and then carefully replaces the original text of the ballad with the transcribed text, matching font size and spacing and preserving the ballad's ornamentation). Students also help catalogue ballads and convert ballads into TEI/XML using a handy easy-to-follow program called X-Balled. Students in the process learn much about early printing techniques, popular culture, Photoshop, and text encoding.

Requirements

Detail-oriented, reliable, and a basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Andrew Griffin

Location:
South Hall 2524

Research Project

The project works in collaboration with Director Patricia Fumerton to expand research on the English Broadside Ballad Archive. The project makes public facsimile images of early English ballads printed during the 16th and 17th centuries, and this expansion works to digitize previously created facsimile transcriptions into modernized replicas of the early modern print on the original broadside ballads.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates work alongside graduate students to carefully transcribe the original text of the ballads, in order to convert that transcribed text into high quality digital replicas in Photoshop. Students in the process learn much about early modern print culture, early modern popular culture, and archival transcription practices.

Requirements

90 units of course credit, 3.0 GPA. In addition, students should be reliable, and have a detail-oriented work ethic and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe.

Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook

Location:
South Hall 2503

Research Project

The "Early Modern British Theater: Access" project is creating a searchable database that collects and catalogs multimedia resources relating to British theater and dramatic literature, 1500-1800. Our goal is to help instructors and students get a sense of the collaborative and multisensorial aspects of theater in the period. Part of our team research involves identifying current 'best practices' for digital humanities projects. We aim to 'go public' in early 2015; right now our 'front end' (only) is available athttp://embta.english.ucsb.edu/about.

Undergraduate Contribution

Following EMBTA protocols and under graduate-student supervision, undergrad team members will review and standardize the items already identified for the database. They will also identify and report on new resources (databases, performance materials, other publications).

Requirements

Reliable; detail-oriented. Interest in theater studies and / or digital humanities projects a plus!

Melody Jue

Location:
SH 2704

Research Project

My project is about developing a theory of media specific to the ocean environment. I look at key terms in media theory--information, database, inscription, interface--and look at how our understanding of them necessarily changes in the representations of the ocean (science fiction, film, and digital media). As a part of the project, I want to develop a digital archive of ocean science fiction for future scholars.

Undergraduate Contribution

Student researchers will compile an annotated bibliography of ocean-related science fiction novels, short stories, film, games, and digital media. 

Requirements

Student(s) should be organized, reliable, curious, and be adept at using search engines/databases and finding obscure material!

Alan Liu

Location:
South Hall 2521
(805) 893-7488

Research Project

The Arnhold Collaborative Research Group that I lead in the English Department is titled "Making the Humanities Public." The group researches media coverage of the humanities with the assistance of a machine-learning "topic model" of thousands of newspaper articles, draws up analyses and recommendations for humanities advocacy based on its findings, and builds digital and other projects that act on its recommendations (e.g., projects that demonstrate how to represent the humanities in a new light to the public).

Undergraduate Contribution

Working under my supervision and that of a graduate student, undergraduates collaboratively use analyses and findings from research into media coverage of the humanities to design projects that show how the humanities can be presented in new ways to public audiences--e.g., with new narratives, evidence, examples, etc. The imagined audiences for these projects include legislators, journalists, business people, parents, and others.

Requirements

Students need to have been involved in the preceding Winter 2017 "Making the Humanities Public" Arnhold Collaborative Research Group. The English 199RA associated with the project in Spring 2017 builds from the earlier research activities of the project.

Christopher Newfield

Location:
South Hall 2517

Research Project

The project is a review of economists' descriptions of the pecuniary/nonpecuniary and external benefits of higher education as they appear in the journal Economics of Education Review between 1981 and 2018. As part of a larger investigation, The Limits of the Numerical: Metrics and the Humanities in Higher Education, this study will contribute to the research team's understanding of how going to college is different valued by humanists, economists, and policymakers.

Undergraduate Contribution

The student will read articles published between 1981 and 2018 in the journal, Economics of Education Review, code them for the benefits and returns they consider, and write summaries of them. The student will perform this work in collaboration with a graduate student assistant. The student will then participate in the team’s collaborative analysis of the coding data and in writing up the results for publication in a book chapter and/or academic article. They will attend regular team meetings each week. In addition, the student may transcribe interviews conducted by the project team, participate in the development of a coding system and analytical framework for the interview data, and occasionally assist the team with clerical and logistical work (like making PDFs).

Requirements

Excellence in reading and summarizing academic journal articles in writing, ability to work well with a collaborator and team, reliable, detail-oriented, some course background in the cultural study of quantification, ability to work with sensitive/confidential human subjects data.

Sowon Park

Location:
South Hall 2917
(805) 335-4940

Research Project

Applications are invited for FRAP assistants to join the team working on Multi-Scriptworlds and the Visual Imagination.The aim of the project is to animate new links between existing scholarship on concrete poetry and the notable advances that have been made in the study of visual communication in digital technology and cognitive neuroscience.

Undergraduate Contribution

FRAP assistants will provide research support for the project in a range of areas, including preparation of materials for the exhibition and research trip to the International Concrete Poetry movement (1960-1980) archive at the Getty Research Institute. There is also the possibility of pursuing individual research in the area.

Requirements

Knowledge of written Chinese preferred but not essential. A background in digital art would be helpful.

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