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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Bridging the domains of cognitive and social psychology, our research on meta-awareness examines the relationship between mindfulness and social cognition. Emphasis is placed on critically investigating the results of mindfulness practice as it relates to identity, self-other connectedness, and prosocial behavior.
Undergraduate research assistants have the opportunity to run participants through brief mindfulness practices, administer self-report questionnaires, serve as experimenters during cognitive tasks, and conduct behavioral observation. They also assist in measurement, data entry, and analysis phases of the research process. Especially motivated research assistants also contribute to the design of new lab studies building off of these themes.
At least a three quarter commitment is expected. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Enthusiasm around the topic of mindfulness is essential. Applicants' schedule must be compatible with lab availability, which changes on a quarterly basis but will be negotiated between the researcher and research assistants whenever possible. Please send applications to email@example.com
Undergraduate research assistants help in all aspects of the research experience, from serving as experimenters (both in the laboratory and in the field), library research, data coding and entry, and assistance in manuscript preparation. Research assistants who are motivated and commit to the lab for more than two quarters will have increasing opportunities for more advanced involvement in ongoing research.
Nearly all neural processes are physically embedded in a dense matrix of fibers that release serotonin. We investigate the deep structure of this matrix, including its interaction with other cellular elements (such as microglia) and cell fragments that carry peripheral serotonin. We use animal models and a number of techniques of cellular and molecular neurobiology (multiple-label immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, quantitative PCR, and others). Some of our approaches are strongly interdisciplinary and include comparative/evolutionary neuroscience and computational modeling.
Undergraduate researchers work with graduate students and participate in all aspects of research. They are encouraged to master specific techniques (rather than superficially participate in all of them) and are expected to develop a "graduate-student mindset" in terms of professional integrity, technical accuracy, and human perseverance. A number of undergraduate researchers in the laboratory have become authors of peer-reviewed articles.
Interest in neurobiology (our research is not a good fit for students interested in psychology or cognitive neuroscience)
Interest in graduate school or medical school
GPA 3.5 or better
Sophomore or Junior standing (Seniors may be considered, but students typically need a year to achieve the expected technical level)
Commitment to research activities of at least 6 hours per week Experience in image analysis or computer coding is a plus (but not required)
Students from other departments are welcome to apply
Current research in the laboratory has 3 major foci. One line of work examines the neurobiological underpinnings of drug-craving, with an emphasis on how time-dependent anomalies within prefrontal cortex might promote persistent drug-craving in abstinent individuals. A second line of work examines alcohol-stress interactions, with projects aimed at understanding the psychobiological effects of a history of repeated stress upon subsequent behavioral sensitivity to alcohol, as well as understanding the developmental impact of histories of binge drinking upon affect. The third major line of work relates to the neurobiology of methamphetamine addiction with on-going studies focusing upon the relations between dopamine and glutamate in addiction vulnerability. Research in my laboratory is interdisciplinary and involves behavioral, neuropharmacology, neurochemical and immunological approaches.
Undergraduate research assistants help in all aspects of the research, pending proper training and completion of federal guidelines for working with laboratory rodents in a research setting. This can include assistance with behavioral analyses, histological and molecular techniques, data management, and routine laboratory upkeep. Assistants must be able to work safely in a laboratory environment and follow instructions in a meticulous fashion.
•Grade point average of 3.0 or better.
•Commitment to research activities of at least 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of three quarters.
We have several projects using cores from local estuaries reconstructing past sea-level, climate, and tectonic changes.
We are looking for students to help run some of the analysis of the cores (e.g. grain size, looking at microfossils, etc.).
Background in geology and basic math and statistics. Having had sedimentology is a plus (Earth 122).
Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
A student with good computer skills to go along with linguistic ones will be doubly welcome.
Reasonable fluency in French or Ancient Greek
We are on the one hand feminists and scholars of feminism/women's issue. And on the other hand we are designers and media producers. While significant writing and theorizing has developed some ideas of how to apply feminist principles as writers, we do not have any main resources for understanding how to apply feminist principles into design. What makes for a feminist design? How do we make media as feminists? We are going to investigate these questions through analysis of example texts and reading interdisciplinary theorists.
Students will meet each week to discuss 1-3 readings (short articles, academic articles, and also example designs). Throughout the quarter, each student will write a one paragraph summary of each reading, which will be revised into a collaborative annotated bibliography. Students will compose a report on best practices for feminist social media. We will end the quarter by writing a short article for general audiences on how we can apply feminist principles as designers.
The project uses data on recent economics PhD candidates to uncover the undergraduate characteristics of applicants likely to lead to a successful PhD.
Expected to collect web data, conduct econometric estimation, and contribute to writing of research paper.
Student should have prior experience in obtaining academic cv's and should have completed Economics 140A. Graduate economics coursework and plans to obtain economics PhD also valuable.
Title: Newspaper Framing of Terrorist Events and Organizations Research Objective: Identify the framing devices used by media organizations when discussing terrorist organizations and explore the factors influencing the selection of framing devices.
Description: The project has three phases: Identification of Terrorist events reported in major US and International Newspapers; Identification and categorization of the frames employed to characterize these events and groups and a comparative analysis of these frames and their implications.
a. We will be investigating a large selection of American and
International newspapers, that the sampling frame will be
terrorist events in 2013 with an identified (or suspected)
perpetrator, and that we will specifically be looking for all
mentions of the terrorist organizations within our sample of
i. We will be cross coding all articles mentioning a specific
terrorist group or actor with the list of all 2013 terrorist
2. Construction of a typology of frames used by media
organizations when discussing terrorist actors
a. We will be using a grounded theoretical approach to create our
typology. This requires an iterative and interactive process,
which means attendance at group meeting will be required.
3. Content analysis
a. Once we have developed our typology, we will use it to hand
code all articles collected in phase one.
Interest in media
Comm 130 or Comm 137 or Comm major