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.

English

Swati Rana

Location:
SH 2706
893-7488

Research Project

This project is a comparative study of early-twentieth century immigrant literature, including work by Afro-Caribbean, Arab, Filipino, Latino, and South Asian writers. Chapters explore the formal construction of minoritarian identity in a pre-civil rights U.S. framework, in conjunction with the varied diasporic and transnational histories that shape these texts.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers would collect, review, and summarize books and articles, and develop annotated bibliographies for relevant research fields. They may also review the archives of individual writers as well as archives of early California immigrant history. In the process, undergraduate researchers would develop a broad familiarity with literary criticism and theory, ethnic literary history, as well as U.S. race and immigration history, and would have an opportunity to define and hone their research methods.

Requirements

Undergraduate researchers should be reliable and detail-oriented, and have some course background in literary study, immigration, race, and/or global studies.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Kyle Ratner

Location:
3814 Psych East

Research Project

Current research in the lab is investigating how individuals perceive and understand other people. To study these issues we use methods from social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in preparing study materials, running participants, and assisting with data analysis.

Requirements

We are looking for conscientious research assistants who are passionate about social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Students must commit 8-10 hours/week to research activities. 3.0 or higher GPA is required. Familiarity with computer programming is highly valued, but not required.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Norbert Reich

Location:
1142D

Research Project

We are looking for students to help develop and run a science outreach program (SciTrek).

Undergraduate Contribution

Work with faculty and staff to design, implement and run the outreach

Requirements

Willingness to work hard; some understanding of basic science.

Location:
1142D
805-893-8368

Research Project

Help develop science experiments for SciTrek a science outreach which improves K-12 students and teachers understanding of how science works.

Undergraduate Contribution

Develop and test experiments, write up lab guide for UCSB volunteers and K-12 students

Requirements

UCSB student status

Location:
1142D chemistry
893 8368

Research Project

Determine if a bacterial enzyme which controls virulence in several human pathogens works by sliding along the DNA and jumping from DNA segment to segment. We have mutants of this enzyme which do this poorly in vitro, and propose to test this in cells.

Undergraduate Contribution

Carry out experiments, analyze data, help write the manuscript

Requirements

Be able to carry out enzymology and microbiology experiments

Location:
1142D Chem

Research Project

We are doing research on whether local school students (K-12) can learn skills like critical thinking, evidenced based learning, and other "scientific practices" through participating in a UCSB outreach (SciTrek) which brings university students into local classrooms. There are many opportunities for UCSB students to help run this program, including recruitment of UCSB students through social media and other means to "get the word out", help, fund raisers (e.g., Kickstarter, etc.).

Undergraduate Contribution

Help in UCSB undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, help in fund raising. Both of these roles will help expose you to important skills that are likely to have value in jobs you may get once you graduate. Importantly, the success in both of these areas is easily determined, and thus your recognition for any accomplishment can easily be acknowledged by me (recommendation letter) and you (resume, etc.).

Requirements

Willingness to work hard and be responsible.

Location:
1142D Chemistry
893-8368

Research Project

We are doing research on whether local school students (K-12) can learn skills like critical thinking, evidenced based learning, and other "scientific practices" through participating in a UCSB outreach (SciTrek) which brings university students into local classrooms. There are many opportunities for UCSB students to help run this program, including recruitment of UCSB students through social media and other means to "get the word out", help, fund raisers (e.g., Kickstarter, etc.).

Undergraduate Contribution

Help in UCSB undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, help in fund raising. Both of these roles will help expose you to important skills that are likely to have value in jobs you may get once you graduate. Importantly, the success in both of these areas is easily determined, and thus your recognition for any accomplishment can easily be acknowledged by me (recommendation letter) and you (resume, etc.).

Requirements

Willingness and ability to interact with the other UCSB students to inform them of the SciTrek program, understanding and use of social networking (Facebook, Kickstarter, etc.)

Education

Laura Romo

Location:
ED 3133

Research Project

This project explores the educational choices related to persistence and retention in STEM among Latina high school students students. This project involves:

1. Creating an undergraduate-high school student mentoring program to foster Latina high school students’ motivation and interest to pursue a STEM major in college.

2. Interviewing high-stem-ability students to expose factors that contribute to their desire to pursue a stem major in college.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will help design a mentorship program, collect data (interview high school students, observe focus groups), transcribe and analyze interviews.

Requirements

Students must identify as Latina and be a STEM major. Have an interest in motivating and mentoring high school students.

Earth Science

Roberta Rudnick

Location:
Webb 1031
805-893-3082

Research Project

The project is to investigate the geochemical behavior of nominally chalcophile elements in Earth's mantle. In particular, mass balance calculations will be performed for the following elements in sulfide-bearing peridotites: Cu,Ga, Ge, As, Mo, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Tl, Pb, and Bi in order to assess recent suggestions that these elements are hosted primarily in silicates and oxides rather than suflides.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate student will perform analyses of the major minerals within the peridotites using both the electron microprobe (for major elements) and laser ablation ICP-MS (for trace elements). The student will read and discuss relevant literature, will present his/her findings to my research group, and will write a senior thesis on this topic.

Requirements

EARTH2

EARTH114 (optional, but recommended:

EARTH124 and EARTH102A)

Marine Science Institute

Alyson Santoro

Location:
Marine Biotech Rm 2155
893-5318

Research Project

Our lab studies the distribution, abundance, and activity of microbes in the ocean. We are especially interested in microbes involved in the marine nitrogen cycle. I am currently recruiting students interested in using stable isotopes to track the activity of microbes in the ocean.

Undergraduate Contribution

All students working in the lab contribute to the general operation and maintenance of the lab, including making media, weighing samples, and preparing for field expeditions. Students will prepare samples for the analysis of the stable isotopic composition of nitrate in seawater, analyze them using mass spectrometry, and be involved with the interpretation of the resulting data. Opportunities also exist for learning other techniques in analytical chemistry including gas chromatography and spectrophotometry.

Requirements

Students must have a passion for microbes and the ocean and an inquisitive nature. Student must be willing to do repetitive work, be detail oriented, and have good organization skills. Strong quantitative skills are necessary, and some chemistry background is helpful. An interest in troubleshooting analytical instruments and understanding how they work is also essential.

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