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.

Music

Janet Bourne

Location:
Music 1169

Research Project

The goal of this project is to study how listeners categorize music and how they attribute meaning to music. Part of this project involves running experiments on how listeners categorize musical patterns. The other part of the project involves running experiments on how listeners create meaning of conventional musical patterns. In both experiments, participants listen to music and answer questions.

Undergraduate Contribution

The student will be trained in how to run participants in an empirical behavioral study. The student will be the one in charge of running the participants. The student may also listen to music to find examples to play in the studies.

Requirements

Must be reliable and responsive.

Preferable: Background in music and/or psychology

Tim Cooley

Location:
Music Building 1101

Research Project

Ecology and American Folk Music: American folk music is not about the past, but is continually being reinvented, reimagined, and renewed. Ideally folk music cultures are part of local ecologies wherein human cultural practices contribute to sustainable living. The goal of this project is to identify updated academic research and media (recordings, films, webpages), and to gather information about local and regional folk and vernacular music performances and festivals.

Undergraduate Contribution

The Research Assistant will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media on folk music. They will produce an annotated bibliography and mediography. The Research Assistant may aid Cooley in arranging undergraduate field trips and other related campus or local events.

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ethnographic training a plus. No course prerequisites though Music 176a or any of the Music 175 or 168 classes are a bonus.

Timothy Cooley

Location:
1101 Music Building

Research Project

The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to tourism globally. Tourism is an over-one-trillion USD industry and has become a key employment opportunity for musicians and other performers. In the academic research on tourism and music, the most vibrant debate is about its benefits or detriments for local musicians. The particular research emphasis will be on the Disney Corporation—arguably the largest employer of musicians in the world.  

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media music and tourism. Students will aid Cooley in arranging a one-day undergraduate seminar to be held at Disneyland (during appropriate academic quarters).

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ethnographic training a plus.

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. 

Jill Felber

Location:
2314 Music Building
805-451-8925

Research Project

Research, rehearse and perform new compositions for UCSB Flute Ensemble involving extended techniques. Create an innovative program of works by living composers and tour local establishments (schools, libraries, and other public local venues) with the UCSB Flute Ensemble.

Undergraduate Contribution

Explore new repertoire, study scores, conduct the UCSB Flute Ensemble, assist with on campus concert production and publicity and make all tour arrangements (contacting venues and arranging scheduling of concerts).

Requirements

 Must have at least two years of flute ensemble experience at UCSB.

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Location:
Music 1105

Research Project

Writing and communicating ABOUT music.

Music is an inherently sonic-based activity, involving creating sound and listening to sound. Yet most musical practices also involve people writing and communicating about these musical practices. These communications range from academic studies to program notes, from audio recording information to marketing and publicity, and from biographic and encyclopedic publications to reviews. This project seeks to draw on a wide range of materials created by, and about, faculty in the Music Department and to generate a reader of materials for use by undergraduates.

Undergraduate Contribution

Gather materials from faculty.

Collate, format and index materials.

Requirements

High level of reading and organizing.

High level of dealing with digital formats (e.g. pdfs, etc.).

High level of independence, responsibility, self-management and time-keeping.

Must be available in October, November and December

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.

Music, Theater and Dance, Environmental Studies

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Location:
Music 1105

Research Project

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).

Undergraduate Contribution

Assist with data-gathering processes and with planning for, filming (livestream) and following up on the National Water Dance performance on April 14, 2018.

Requirements

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

Preferable:
Familiarity with live-streaming and Google Hangouts
Interest in videography and social media distribution