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.


Ania Bleszynski Jayich

Broida 4105
(805) 893-8089

Research Project

In this project, we aim to form a versatile quantum technology out of defects in diamond and mechanical resonators. We would like to characterize the strain-mediated interaction between the quantum mechanical spin degree of freedom of a diamond defect and the motion of a surface acoustic wave resonator.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate will be responsible for designing surface acoustic wave cavities and ismulating their properties in diamond. Furthermore, they will need to drive and detect motion on the GHz frequency scale using a laser doppler vibrometer or RF reflectometry.


Undergraduate must be willing to spend 15 hours a week on this project. Should be competent with quantum mechanics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, electronics, and machine shop. Should enjoy building things and like to work!

Andrew Jayich

Broida 4123
(805) 893-5456

Research Project

We are setting up a strontium ion trap to study ultracold chemistry and to perform readout and control of molecular ions.

Undergraduate Contribution

There are many ways to contribute, here is a list of some of the major contribution activities: building up lab infrastructure, building laser systems, fiber coupling light, theoretical analysis and simulation of atoms in ion traps, various electronics projects, taking and analyzing data, setting up computer control systems, writing code to control equipment.


It is highly encouraged that applicants are physics majors with the intent of applying to physics graduate programs.

Philip Lubin

2015C Broida

Research Project

Experimental Astrophysics and Cosmology Group
Please see our website www.deepspace.ucsb.edu for more details.
We offer multiple projects including:
1) Studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) - This remnant radiation from the beginning of the universe has contained with its spatial and polarization structure the keys to the past, present and future evolution of our universe. For example the composition of ordinary matter, dark matter and dark energy can be derived from the CMB. It is also possible that we will find evidence for gravitational waves from the early moments of the universe if the current ideas about inflation are correct. See the latest results from the Planck satellite for our recent results.

2) Anomalous emission from our galaxy - Our galaxy emits radiation from various processes including synchrotron radiation from energetic charged particles interacting with the galactic magnetic field and the emission from dust grains in interstellar space. There is an anomalous emission from our galaxy that is currently not well explained that we are studying.

3) Infrared balloon borne studies of high redshift galaxies - Our group flies payloads on very high altitude vehicles at altitudes up to 145,000 feet. This is far above any fixed wing aircraft and allows us to study the infrared signature of high redshift galaxies with much higher sensitivity that ground based observations.

4) Reionization at high redshift - The universe starts with extremely high temperature and the matter is ionized. It subsequently cools and largely become neutral after about 400,000 years. Subsequently when the first stars and galaxies form there is a large release of ultraviolet radiation from these early stars that appears to reionize the universe. We are looking for evidence of this period which is critical to understand.

5) Directed Energy Planetary Defense - recent advances in high power laser amplifiers allow extremely high power directed energy systems that enable future systems to deflect asteroids and comets that threaten the Earth.

6) Photon driven spacecraft - with the same elements we use for directed energy planetary defense it is feasible to propel spacecraft with the propulsion provided by photon drive. The advantage of this is that no mass in needed on the spacecraft for propulsion and thus much lower mass spacecraft can be designed and extremely high speeds can be achieved.

7) Advanced Morphable telescopes - conventional telescopes use fixed mirrors that require extremely precisely aligned elements. We are working on adaptive telescope designed that morph themselves into the proper shape using servo control via a laser interferometer.

Undergraduate Contribution

We have had more than 600 undergrads do research with us. Undergraduates participate in all aspects of our programs from conceptual design and theoretical analysis to experiments to data analysis and publications.


An ability to excel and think outside the box is the most critical requirement. Everything else can be learned. Useful skills that are helpful would be previous experience with computers and programming, electronics, mechanical systems and mechanical design (CAD). Students can get credit via independent research as appropriate.