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 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)

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

Location:
Psychology East, Room 3817

Research Project

This projects investigates whether a brief mindfulness meditation exercise can buffer against the detrimental effects of stress on long term memory recall, specifically for memories previously shown to have been effected by a stress response. 

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will conduct psychophysiological experiments, process and analyze data, and contribute to preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Requirements

Should be enrolled in a 99/99RA or 199/199RA course or honors program supervised by a member of the META lab. 

Location:
3818 Psych East

Research Project

Programmatic research in a series of experiments investigating EEG alpha and other neurological bases of attention and mind-wandering.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will conduct psychophysiological experiments, process and analyze data, and contribute to preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Requirements

Must be enrolled in 98, 98RA, 99, 99RA, 199, or 199RA course with Dr Schooler and Dr Broadway.

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