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.

Global and International Studies

Javiera Barandiaran

Location:
SSMS 2129

Research Project

Water and oil, cornerstones of the state’s economy, are becoming increasingly scarce across California. The effects of this relative scarcity are particularly noticeable in central regions and in parts of Santa Barbara County where industrial agriculture and oil extraction have long co-existed, where ongoing histories of mineral and water rights are complex and contested, and where large numbers of once-abandoned oil wells are being redeveloped using water-intensive oil extraction techniques. To address such scarcity effects and their implications, policy-makers, communities, corporations, and scientists have developed new modes of knowing, governing, and engaging with the underground. For example, the state’s first legislative plan for sustainably managing groundwater resources (SGMA) was introduced in 2014, and affected groups and communities are currently forming management agencies and plans now required by law by 2020. Meanwhile, recent permit applications for oil well redevelopment have met with widespread resistance. Regional social science research to date has focused primarily on conflicts between different commercial interests, environmental concerns, water users, and management systems, but without specifically studying developments in how the underground is imagined and governed – the focus of our proposed research.

Undergraduate Contribution

We seek undergraduate student(s) who can assist with research on the following topics: (1) clarifying the permission process; (2) identifying the range of actors involved in developing the Cat Canyon oil fields in north Santa Barbara county; (3) identifying who owns the land and the business model proposed in the redevelopment of these oil fields; (4) analyze the EIR report submitted as part of the permission process; (5) identify the ranchers living and working in the area; (6) determining what water regime operates in the Cat Canyon area.

Requirements

Students must be comfortable working with government documents (or be willing to learn); be able to listen to instructions and follow them, as well as take the initiative when appropriate; be meticulous with note-taking and record keeping; be familiar with legal and technical terms in English. Interest in environmental and water issues is an asset, as is prior knowledge of oil extraction.

Nadege T. Clitandre

Location:
2123 SSMS

Research Project

For over twenty years, UCSB has been actively engaged in bringing attention to Haiti's history,culture, and significant contributions to world history. Thanks to the efforts of the Center for Black Studies Research and its Haiti Projects, UCSB is the recognized California hub for Haitian Studies scholars, activists and artists. Since the earthquake in 2010, students at UCSB have a stronger desire to not only learn more about Haiti, engage with individuals working in Haiti, but also get involved in recovery efforts. I am working with a group consisting of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at UCSB to help build a program and support specific projects that will connect the UCSB community to Carrefour-Feuilles, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Port-au-Prince Haiti heavily impacted by the earthquake. Aimed at creating a structured and sustainable link between UCSB and Haiti, this project stresses the significance and contributions of local participation and grassroots efforts in development work.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate students will work closely with Professor Clitandre on an independent research or creative project on Haiti and have an opportunity to present their work at the Center for Black Studies Research. Undergraduate students will be fully involved in finding creative ways to get the UCSB students and Santa Barbara community involved in work on Haiti. Undergraduate students will engage with faculty and graduate students to develop a plan of action for rebuilding communities and recovering community histories. Students will learn how to merge education, research and practical application.

Requirements

Interest in Haiti, community development, local grassroots activism, humanitarian aid and recovery efforts; Must be creative, curious and open to learning about other cultures. For more information, contact Professor Clitandre at nclitandre@global.ucsb.edu.

Timothy Cooley

Location:
Music 1101
893-3261

Research Project

The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to surfing globally. This research builds on Cooley’s 2014 book Surfing about Music, which expands ethnomusicological thinking about the many ways musical practices are integral to human socializing, creativity, and the formation of community.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media concerning surfing culture. They will update the Surfing about Music webpage and facebook page.

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ability to create webpages a plus. 

Music, Global and International Studies

Timothy Cooley

Location:
1101 Music

Research Project

This project extends my work on music and sports to include equestrian traditions. I am particularly interested in Western USA and Mexican traditions, some of which are prevalent locally, including Baile, Escaramuza, La Charreada, and other border-crossing practices. Another area of exploration is the role of the clown in rodeos. The rodeo clown acts as an MC for the event, and s/he usually works with recorded music or a DJ.

Undergraduate Contribution

This is a new research area for me, so the student will be assisting me with ground-up work identifying and assessing available material. The student will be collecting bibliographic and filmic materials to create an annotated bibliography and filmography. The student will also engage in supervised ethnographic work, interviewing local horsemen and women.

Requirements

Basic bibliographic skills required. Spanish language abilities desired. Experience with horses a plus.