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.

History

Anthony Barbieri-Low

Location:
HSSB 4225

Research Project

Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality for Archaeology
In a new computer lab, I am experimenting with new virtual reality (HTC Vive) and mixed reality (Microsoft Hololens) technologies for visualizing archaeological sites and artifacts.
Using 3D scanners and photogrammetry software, I have been creating virtual walkthroughs of archaeological sites and fashioning virtual museum galleries.

Undergraduate Contribution

Programming in Unity
Testing simulations in Vive and Hololens
3D modeling in Maya or 3DS Max
Platform testing on desktop, web, and mobile

Requirements

Unity 3D experience
Maya or 3DS Max modeling experience preferred
Location:
HSSB 4225

Research Project

I am currently working on a study of the Qin Dynasty of China and its famous First Emperor. I am looking at this period from multiple perspectives, including archaeology, history, and current popular culture.

Undergraduate Contribution

I would like assistance with bibliographic work, including entering information into bibliographic databases (EndNote), copying articles, and maybe some article summarization.

Requirements

Use of computer applications like Word and EndNote most helpful. Additional foreign languages such as German or French a plus.

Feminist Studies

Edwina Barvosa

Location:
SH 4702

Research Project

Constructing Deliberative Democracy is an ongoing research project testing the hypothesis that some controversial issues are being democratized in America through contradictory elements of popular culture. These widely circulating elements give people the opportunity to informally debate and deliberate on controversial subjects. Through informal deliberations a public may sometimes reach a new majority opinion on a hot button issue. Such shifting opinions connect in complex ways to new legal and structural changes as the courts and electoral democracy reflect new public perspectives. Our two current case studies are on the implementation of new public opinion on LGBTQ equality since 2015 and current changing public opinion on gender equity.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will perform targeted internet searches to locate examples of popular culture elements relevant to LGBTQ equality since June 2015 and current changing public opinion on gender equality. Searches are clearly defined to key issues, key outlets (i.e. films, TV, blogs, mass market books, newspapers) and key time frames (a given year, a specific time after a key event). This research is thus a "guided scavenger hunt" through pop culture in which materials are collected, filed, and labeled for further analysis of the rate and effects of American pop culture on changing public opinion in American democracy.

Requirements

Requirements are: 1) personal access to a computer and the internet; 2) facility with MS Word including how to cut and paste from the web; 3) attention to detail; 4) ability to follow directions. It is also a helpful to be willing to learn Zotero or other digital filing or bibliographical database system.

Location:
SH 1704
X5714

Research Project

Constructing Deliberative Democracy is an ongoing research project testing the hypothesis that some controversial issues are being democratized in America through contradictory elements of popular culture. These widely circulating elements give people the opportunity to informally debate and deliberate on controversial subjects. Through informal deliberations a public may sometimes reach a new majority opinion on a hot button issue. Such shifting opinions connect in complex ways to new legal and structural changes as the courts and electoral democracy reflect new public perspectives. Our current case study is on shifts in public opinion regarding LGBTQ civil rights between 1989 and 2014.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will perform targeted internet searches to locate examples of popular culture elements relevant to LGBTQ civil rights and changing public opinion between 1989 and 2014. Searches are clearly defined to key issues, key outlets (i.e. films, TV, blogs, mass market books, newspapers) and key time frames (a given year, a specific time after a key event). This research is thus a "guided scavenger hunt" through pop culture in which materials are collected, filed, and labeled for further analysis of the rate and effects of American pop culture on changing public opinion in American democracy.

Requirements

Requirements are: 1) personal access to a computer and the internet; 2) facility with MS Word including how to cut and paste from the web; 3) attention to detail; 4) ability to follow directions. It is also a helpful to be willing to learn Zotero or other digital filing or bibliographical database system.

Education

Charles Bazerman

Location:
3208 Education
x7543

Research Project

The world and writing in undergraduate education. Undergraduates in different majors need to learn disciplinary practices and skills of identifying and recording relevant data, then analyzing that data and using the data as evidence within disciplinary reasoning.  This project will be looking at how students are introduced to these skills, how they are asked to practice them, and how they are supported in these tasks, starting with gen ed classes through senior capstone courses.  We will be looking at selected majors across the university.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will help collect data from curriculum and course materials, observe and record classroom events, and conduct surveys and interviews.  Students will also help with preliminary analysis and interpretation.

Requirements

Second to fourth year standing. 3.0 GPA or higher. Interested in writing or educational issues. All majors welcome.

Julie Bianchini

Location:
ED 3153
805-893-4110

Research Project

We are investigating beginning science and mathematics teachers' understanding of how to teach English language learners. We are in the process of collecting and analyzing a large amount of qualitative data to answer our research questions -- audio recorded interviews, video recorded classroom lessons, and performance assessment portfolios.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will become part of our research team. Primary responsibilities will be transcribing video recorded classroom lessons and qualitatively coding interview and classroom transcripts.

Requirements

Students should have a background in science, mathematics, or education; have an eye for details; and be willing to learn NVivo, a qualitative software program.

English

Felice Blake

Location:
South Hall 2702

Research Project

The Black Nostalgia Project examines how Black writers in the US think about the past. Given the current rhetoric on 'making America great again' (a phrase taken from the African American poet Langston Hughes), how do Black people think about the past in relation to the present and the future? I am researching 20th and 21st century literature, art, music, film, and television portrayals by Black artists and their representations of time. The project will produce a book manuscript and documentary.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research on different periods of cultural production from the New Negro Movement to Black Lives Matter. Collecting and organizing titles and abstracts of a variety of cultural products. Viewing of films and televisual programming as well as listening to a variety of 20th and 21st century musics (from bebop to hip hop and neosoul).

Requirements

Some course experience on African American or African Diasporic history, politics, and/or culture. Familiarity with library research engines. Interest in Black culture and politics.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

James Blascovich

Location:
Psychology East 38
x5082

Research Project

Research project focusing on the effects of stress on cardiovascular reactivity. Will include studies of the effects of stressful tasks on women and the overweight. Preferred but not essential: Social psychology (psych 102); Health psychology (psych 101), computer skills.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will assist in recruiting study participants, running participants in experiments, coding data, data entry, library research.

Requirements

Preferred but not essential: Social psychology (psych 102); Health psychology (psych 101), computer skills.

Physics

Ania Bleszynski Jayich

Location:
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.

Requirements

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!

Film and Media Studies

Peter Bloom

Location:
2413 SSMS

Research Project

I am creating a database-repository related to previous and ongoing research related to French and British colonial film and radio as well as other areas. The project will enable greater access to the material to students, and colleagues. It will also allow me to work with this material in a more careful manner.

Undergraduate Contribution

The student interested in working on this project will be involved in parsing and scanning historical documents that have been gathered from various archival sources from around the world. They will also be tagging each file in an established catalogued format. In addition, I will have you transform a large number of research photographs of documents and photographs from .jpg format to OCRed .pdf files, and appropriately labeled.

Requirements

Most of all, the person who works with me must be detail oriented, and own their own laptop that they would be using for this project.. They should also be available at least 5 hours per week during the quarter. You will be working with Adobe Acrobat for this project. Prior knowledge of Acrobat, a willingness to work with these documents, files, among other ephemera is important. The ability to read French would be an advantage.

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