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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.
Scientists and conservationists have long viewed cities as the antithesis of nature, and as destroyers of wildlife habitat. Over the past two decades, however, wild animals have appeared in American cities and in cities throughout the highly developed world in numbers not seen for generations. Urban ecosystems are some of the most dynamic and interesting spaces for understanding ecological change in the Anthropocene, but our understanding of these systems remains in its infancy. We know remarkably little about how wild animals travel, breed, consume resources, establish territory, and use the built environment in urban spaces. We know even less about how such animals interact with humans, or what people think about them. This project aims to produce the first major book to explore the history of wildlife in American cities designed to reach a broad audience.
FRAP undergraduate assistants will assist in the creation of a bibliography and database of source materials on the history of wildlife in American cities.
Successful applicants must have excellent reading comprehension and writing skills.
This project investigates the social implications of the 2018 debris flow in Montecito, California. Particular attention is paid to the intersection of biophysical hazards, infrastructural instabilities, diverse knowledges, and uneven social vulnerabilities. Questions concern income inequality, disparities in housing, language barriers, access to information, stories of loss and recovery, views on climate change, and visions for the future.
Undergraduate students will assist in creating a database of materials including analytical logs of filmed community meetings and media coverage, transcriptions of audio recordings, public information about individuals and organizations, and targeted internet searches using key phrases.
Interest in community resilience and climate change. In the first week of the quarter in which you would like to participate, email Prof. Gray (email@example.com) with the following information: 1) your GPA, 2) current/previous related courses you have taken, 3) your major, 4) why you are interested in this particular opportunity.
Global markets for palm oil are an important driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia. However, there is increasing hope that the global supply chains driving land use change may also provide unique opportunities to halt deforestation. Eco-certification and zero-deforestation commitments seek to change the environmental footprint of palm oil production. In this research project, the Heilmayr lab is combining remote sensing and econometrics to quantify the impact of these new policies.
While companies are beginning to make data about their oil palm supply chains public, the data is messy and inconsistent. The Student Research Assistant (SRA) will support efforts to collect, clean and organize this data in a more consistent format. Working under the guidance of Prof. Heilmayr, the SRA will aggregate this information in a geospatial database. Using this database, the SRA may support preliminary analysis of oil palm market structure and environmental impacts.
At a minimum, applicants should have a high attention to detail and be available to work 20 hours per week during the fall and/or winter quarters. Ideal candidates would also meet several of the following criteria:
- Track record conducting quantitative, academic research;
- Experience with geospatial information systems (GIS);
- Ability to read Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Indonesia.
**Not taking on new research assistants until Spring 2017**
This project involves the study of the links among the U.S. prison system, impacts on local/regional/national/global ecosystems, impacts on communities of color and working class communities where prisons are located and where the majority of prisoners are from, and their implications for social and environmental justice movements. Specifically, we are interested in asking what are the effects of prison construction and maintenance on public and environmental health and what can be done to address these problems? This project aims to provide data and collaborative opportunities to people interested in ending mass incarceration and promoting environmental justice.
Undergraduate members of the research collective will be expected to conduct targeted internet searches to find a wide range of sources on the topic, write up annotated bibliographies, and compile lists of organizations and individuals working on these issues.
Requirements are: 1) personal access to a computer and the internet; 2) facility with MS Word including how to cut and paste from the web; 3) attention to detail; 4) the ability to follow directions. It is also a helpful if you are willing to learn Zotero or other digital filing or bibliographical database system.
Music, Theater and Dance, Environmental Studies
Environmental Arts + Sciences: Performing Sustainability
This ongoing research projects examines and engages with artistic and creative methods to explore and communicate humanistic/scientific questions concerning environmental sustainability, connecting local experiences with global issues.
The project encompasses creative and scholarly outputs.
In Spring 2018, the project connects with National Water Dance (Saturday April 14).
Assist with data-gathering processes and with planning for, filming (livestream) and following up on the National Water Dance performance on April 14, 2018.
Must be available on April 14, 2018 and available for training leading up to this date.
Must be: reliable, self-sufficient and able take initiatives
Familiarity with live-streaming and Google Hangouts
Interest in videography and social media distribution