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.

Religious Studies

Kathleen Moore

Location:
3044 HSSB
(805) 893-3564

Research Project

This project explores the public representations of shari'a in the United States.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will perform a systematic search of reporting on "shari'a-related" discussions across a set of news organizations and publications, in various traditional and new social media, along assigned parameters. The researcher will also search and identify discussions of shari'a "in the west" in scholarly publications. Much of this is online research, but visits to Davidson Library to do research in Special Collections will also be required. The researcher will update a database being designed for this project, and will meet with the professor once a week.

Requirements

Must be proficient working in Google Docs and using Excel spreadsheets. Religious Studies, History, Communication, Film and Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and Global Studies majors are preferred. The student must sign up for an Independent Study course for 4 units.

Location:
3044 HSSB
(805) 893-3564

Research Project

This project explores the personal meanings of shari'a for Muslims in California. It is a qualitative analysis of a set of interviews. For information on the project, see www.shariarevoiced.org

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will perform a qualitative data analysis of 104 interviews with NVivo for Mac. The interviews are already coded, so the researcher will run Queries, save them and create Nodes from Query results. The researcher will meet with the professor once a week.

Requirements

Must be proficient with NVivo for Mac. Religious Studies, Computer Science, Communication, Film and Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and Global Studies majors are preferred. The student must sign up for an Independent Study course for 2-4 units.

Ann Taves

Location:
HSSB 3085

Research Project

We have created a survey to investigate how the kinds of unusual experiences that people have in different cultures and how they interpret them. We are interested in seeing to what extent the differences in the experiences that are valued or sought affects the kind of experiences people have.

Undergraduate Contribution

We want to administer the survey in Hindi and English in India. We are looking for native Hindi speaking students who can assist with the translation into Hindi.

Requirements

Students must be native Hindi speakers and fluent in English.

David Walker

Location:
HSSB 3086

Research Project

I am writing a chapter titled "Battling Brothers and The Mormon Giant: Wrestling, Villainy, and the Face-Turn of Modern Mormonism," on the subject of Mormon representations in popular culture -- and in professional wrestling, especially -- and the ways in which, contrary to some expectations, religions (generally) and Mormonism (in particular) have capitalized on their wrestling-ring projections and contestations.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate research assistant would conduct online research (e.g., looking at blogs, newspapers, and journals) and interviews with persons invested in the religious realms & representations of professional wrestling. 

Requirements

RS 7, RS 151B, RS 150B, RS 147, or equivalent. Familiarity with Mormon history and historical research methods.