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.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Norbert Reich

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.)

Anthropology

Elana Resnick

Location:
HSSB 2084

Research Project

There are two current projects about infrastructure.

One is centered on infrastructural inequalities and racialization in Bulgaria. Based on participant-observation fieldwork in Bulgaria conducted on city streets, in landfills, Romani neighborhoods, executive offices, and at the Ministry of the Environment, this project examines the juncture of material waste management and racialization, specifically highlighting the intersection between physical garbage and the Roma, often considered “social trash” throughout Europe.

The second project is a new project focusing on nuclear energy infrastructures and the Danube river in northwestern Bulgaria.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate students will assist by learning and implementing the following tasks: audio and video transcription, data coding, image filing, assisting a graduate student RA with a developing an online (Facebook) research platform, and library/textual research.

Requirements

Undergraduate students must be diligent, hard-working, and responsible. In the first week of the quarter in which you would like to participate, email Prof. Resnick (eresnick@anth.ucsb.edu) with the following information: 1) your GPA, 2) current/previous anthropology (or related) courses you have taken, 3) your major, 4) why you are interested in this particular opportunity

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)

Economics

Peter Rupert

Location:
North Hall 2119

Research Project

Understanding the aging of the Chinese population and the demands on social security with a one-child policy.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate will collect data and understand the Chinese social security system.

Requirements

Knowing statistical packages like R and ability to do mathematical models.

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.

Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology

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 for two different types of projects in the laboratory:

1. Using quantitative molecular methods to map populations of microbes in different parts of the ocean, including the Santa Barbara channel

2. Culturing new microbes from the ocean and understanding their metabolism

Undergraduate Contribution

All students working in the lab contribute to the general operation and maintenance of the lab, including making media, washing culture vessels, and preparing for field expeditions. Students will start out learning techniques for culturing and/or molecular biology and then move onto a specific project. Undergraduate contributions will involve DNA extraction, PCR primer design, and quantitative PCR. Students are expected to devote several consecutive hours on days that they work in the lab. There is also a monthly lab meeting that students attend and periodically present their results.

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.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Jonathan Schooler

Location:
Psychology East 3817

Research Project

This experiment tests the physiological correlates of infrasound transduction through biofeedback software. Subjects will experience a neurotherapy session with NeurOptimal software, which plays music through earphones that is interrupted when EEG frequencies are outside optimal ranges. The dependant variable will be if the sound is applied through infrasonic speakers that transduce sub-base to the subject in addition to the earphones or not. This is a pioneer study into the potential therapeutic effects of dynamic tactile neurofeedback.

Undergraduate Contribution

RAs must screen and recruit participants. RAs will run participants at SBCAST physiological measurement lab. RA's will give surveys, apply EEG, EMG and ECG electrodes and galvanic skin response equipment. RAs will run Neuroptimal software. Data will be properly saved and linked with video files of the subjects. RAs will scan for artifacts to exclude data that is confounded.

Requirements

Ability to travel to SBCAST

Skill applying EMG and and EEG electrodes and GSR equipment

Organizational and computer skills

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