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.
Research assistants are needed for the School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) project, which teaches first-generation college-bound high school students, primarily of Latina/o heritage, to conduct original research and activism projects on language, culture, power, and identity in their own lives and communities as academic preparation for college.
Research assistants will work in multiple capacities for the project. In the fall, RAs will process existing audio and video data of classroom interaction as well as data collected by high school students, to help develop analyses for original research. In winter and spring, RAs may continue to work on data as well as collecting new data through fieldwork in local high schools and other settings.
Desirable but not required: Previous coursework in Linguistics, Chicana/o Studies, and/or Education, Spanish or Mixtec language ability, experience in working with youth, experience in collecting, editing, and/or analyzing audio or video data, website experience, and/or coursework in sociocultural linguistics.
I plan to write a book and several articles on language and culture in postsecondary contexts, with a focus on supporting the social and academic experiences of African-American students on predominately White university campuses. The book “Talking College” will include survey and interview materials.
Students will help prepare a literature review designed for a general public audience on African-American language and culture.
Students will conduct interviews, do linguistic analysis of the interviews, and create materials designed to empower college going speakers of African-American English.
Students should plan to take or have already taken LING 36 with Prof. Anne Charity Hudley or LING 136 with Prof. Mary Bucholtz
Students with an interest in language and linguistics are invited to participate in a research team called the Rezonators. We work with a program called the Rezonator to markup, visualize, and analyze resonance in conversation. Resonance is based on similarity, parallelism, synonymy, antonymy, co-reference, or any other aspect of affinity that connects one word or phrase to another. Currently we are developing the software as a Game With a Purpose (GWAP) to support crowd-sourced research and discovery about the role of resonance in language and interaction.
Students will use the Rezonator to markup resonance in conversation; participate in weekly lab meetings; give feedback to team members on their work; participate in studies of inter-annotator reliability; and prepare a final presentation and research report. Students are expected to contribute a minimum of 5-8 hours per week to these activities.
To qualify for participation, students should have a GPA of at least 3.5 at UCSB, and be pursuing a major or minor in Linguistics or a related discipline (such as Computer Science). Students should be willing to contribute actively to all individual and group activities (see above).
This research will be part of a book project on language and transgender identity. The book will take a multi-pronged approach to the issue and as such consists of several different types of linguistic analysis. Undergraduate researchers are sought to work on one of those sub-projects according to their interests. These include 1) an analysis of discourses about sex and gender in online transgender communities, 2) acoustic research on the gendered characteristics of the voices of trans people, and 3) examinations of how trans people talk about language and gender. See the website linked here for examples of the kind of research the book will include.
Students will perform some combination of these tasks depending on which sub-project they are interested in: 1) Library and internet research on language and transgender communities. 2) Transcribing interviews with trans people. 3) Archiving recordings and processing metadata. 4) Creating and using searchable databases (corpora) from online texts. 5. For students who have taken LING 144 Sociophonetics, coding phonetic features in interviews is also an option.
1) Educational, professional or personal experience with / knowledge of transgender communities. 2) At least one linguistics class, ideally in sociocultural linguistics. 3) Experience with one or more of the following: transcribing interviews/conversations in a linguistics class; creating searchable databases/corpora; library/online research; organizing data/metadata; or doing phonetic analysis.