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 email@example.com for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.
I have two projects:
1. Tracking hurricanes/typhoons by dense seismic arrays. Hurricanes generate strong ground motions from which we can learn interesting spatial and temporal features.
2. Analysis of rotation seismograms. Measurements of rotation, as opposed to strain, have not been made historically. We have some ring-laser data from Germany that we want to analyze.
The main tasks are to analyze time-series data. The data can be seismograms or ring-laser data from US, Japan and Germany.
Some basic understanding and experience in programming (e.g., C, C++, Matlab) are required. Also some knowledge of Fourier analysis are helpful. Recommended courses are Earth 134, 135, 136, and ECE 130. But they are not required.
We have created a survey to investigate how the kinds of unusual experiences that people have in different cultures and how they interpret them. We are interested in seeing to what extent the differences in the experiences that are valued or sought affects the kind of experiences people have.
We want to administer the survey in Hindi and English in India. We are looking for native Hindi speaking students who can assist with the translation into Hindi.
Students must be native Hindi speakers and fluent in English.
The undergraduate research assistant would conduct online research (e.g., looking at blogs, newspapers, and journals) and interviews with persons invested in the religious realms & representations of professional wrestling.
Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Microtubules are components of the internal skeleton of eukaryotic cells. Because of their role in cell division and cell migration, microtubules are targeted a number of anti-cancer drugs. Although most of these drugs suppress the growing and shortening "dynamic instability" behavior of microtubules, their exact mechanisms of action are currently unknown. Our goal is to measure the ability of different microtubule-targeted drugs to alter the structure of microtubules both in living cells and in a cell-free system. Such structural alterations are believed to regulate the dynamics of microtubules.
Previous undergraduates have helped to develop an immunofluorescent assay that has made it possible to use a conformation-specific antibody to probe the structure of microtubules. Other undergrads have maintained stocks of growing monkey and human cells and have carried out preliminary studies of the effects of several different drugs on the structure of microtubules in living cells. The latter includes dosing cells with appropriate concentrations of drugs, treatment of cells with antibody-based fluorescent probes, imaging cells on a confocal microscope, and measurement/analysis of microscopic images. Current efforts by an undergraduate student under supervision of a graduate student are aimed at developing a cell free assay to determine the requirement for additional proteins in drug-induced changes in microtubule structure.
Undergraduate participants in this study are expected to have completed introductory biology courses, MCDB 1A, 1B, 1AL, 1BL, and EEMB 2. Students should have basic laboratory skills including making dilutions, preparing laboratory reagents, use of serological and micropipetting devices "pipetmen". Previous experience with light microscopy is desirable but not essential.
Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology
The Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory, headed by Dr. Thomas Turner, periodically has opportunities for undergraduate assistants to help with large-scale collaborative experiments. The Turner lab studies genome evolution and the links between DNA and behavior using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
The specific project most assistants work on is focused on determining the genetic basis of variation in male courtship song. This is an entirely lab-based experiment, working exclusively with fruit flies. The majority of assistance will be needed during normal working hours, but some work may occasionally be needed on the weekend.
Ideally, we are looking for individuals with a lighter class schedule who can commit to several consecutive hours of work on busy days. Priority will be given to students who can commit a considerable chunk of time to research and those who can commit to work on the project throughout the summer and into the following academic year.
Please be aware that these are unpaid positions, but they provide a great opportunity for anyone wanting lab and research experience. Volunteers will participate in lab meetings, read and discuss papers with the PI, and develop a broad understanding ofthe research in the lab.
Primarily data collection, but students are intellectually engaged in reading literature and discussing ongoing data analysis.
Works well with others, great focus and attention to detail, independent critical thinking skills, educational background in general biology, and a positive attitude!
France Winddance Twine
How do 'geek girls' negotiate masculinity and gender inequality in the male dominated tech industry? Interviews with 65 female and male tech workers employed in the San Francisco industry have been completed. This qualitative study draws upon life history interviews, participate observation at two Tech Inclusion conferences, and an analysis of tech industry reports, to provide an intersectional analysis of the ways that race, gender and sexuality shape the experiences of tech workers. This research will be published in a book that is under contract with Cambridge University Press.
This research could benefit from the assistance of a disciplined and organized undergraduate research assistant, interested in sociology of work, technology industry and gender inequality, who is willing to do: 1) library database searches for journal articles, books, and related digital and print materials, 2) Transcribe interviews, and/or 3) identify and locate documentary films and YouTube videos that depict the challenges and experiences of female tech workers.
Students must be a Sociology major or a Feminist Studies major. They must have earned a B+ in at least 4 upper division courses. Students must have completed SOC 1, SOC 99, and one of the following SOC 108A, 108B, 108C or 108 F. Students must provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or graduate student instructor in the Sociology Department, who is familiar with their work.
This project seeks to understand how chronic and intensified warfare affected peoples’ abilities to produce enough food to feed themselves and their communities. The region of interest is the Central Illinois River Valley during the 12th century, a period intensive warfare and raiding throughout ancient North America. One of the sites that the project is currently examining was once a large, fortified village (Orendorf Site) that was repeatedly burned to the ground by violent aggressors. The site was excavated in the 1970s, and we will be processing and analyzing the food remains recovered from one of these burned occupations. There are assemblages from additional sites in this region as well, for which plant and animal bone assemblages require identification and analysis.
Through participation in this project students may develop many archaeological lab skills including:
- how to use a flotation system to recover macrobotanicals and small faunal remains
- how to recognize both faunal and floral remains
- taking metric measurements of carbonized plant remains via specialized computer/microscope software accessioning modern specimens in the comparative collection
- sorting small archaeological fauna from flotation samples by taxonomic class (fish, mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile).
You may enroll in ANTH 194P for 1-4 units. For each unit of credit you must work three hours per week, or a total of 30 hours per quarter (ten weeks long). The lab is generally open 9am-5pm Mon-Wed, and Friday mornings. Scheduling of lab time within these hours is flexible. There is no course work requirement outside of the lab. However, if you must miss a work period for any reason, you are obligated to make up the time through arrangement with the instructor.
Consent of the Instructor is required for enrollment. Prior coursework in archaeology is preferred but not required. Please firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this project. Make sure to include information such as your GPA, Anthropology/Archaeology courses you have taken, other lab/field experience, and why you are interested in this particular opportunity. Add codes are currently available.
Agriculture in California is confronting a water crisis with both environmental and social drivers. Climate change and globalized agriculture are combining to increase the demand for groundwater and the depletion of aquifers. Conflicts have emerged in recent years in the Central Coast region of California as expanding agricultural production has led to increased demand for subsoil water. In this project we analyze the social use and management of groundwater in this region of California, especially where wine grapes are grown.
Undergraduate research assistants will create a bibliography for this project, that will include government documents, published scholarly works, and newspapers/magazine articles. If possible, undergraduates will assist with fieldwork, including interviews in person and by telephone.
1) Anthropology Major
2) 90 units completed
3) 3.0 GPA for preceding three quarters
4) Anth 2 completed
5) 2 upper division courses in Anthropology completed.
6) Consent of the Instructor
We will conduct a series of computerized experiments to investigate several aspects of human behavior related to economics. We will also help update the recruiting technology in the experimental economics lab (http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/ebel/)
Students can help compile and edit instructions, test the computer program, run sessions and analyze data. While some tasks are more mundane and clerical, students with more skill and experience will take part in the more analytical aspects of the research. Students can help upgrade the software used for recruitment and payment.
Econ 10A, 100B (required); and Econ 171 (GameTheory) and 176 (Experimental Economics) recommended. Suited for Computer Science majors with Computational Economics Emphasis, Econ/Math majors and Econ majors.
Marine Science Institute
In this project we are studying the coastal ocean using robotic vehicles. These vehicles use new, low-cost technologies for guidance, positioning, and other operations required for making measurements in the coastal ocean. For example, we use robotic quadrotor drones for multiple purposes including: (1) calibration of radar systems that we use to measure ocean surface currents; (2) collection of water samples for ocean acidification studies. Another example is a robotic boat for measuring ocean currents and surface water properties. A team of undergraduate mechanical engineering students built a prototype during two years ago. Since then we have been conducting sea trials to learn more about its performance in a range of ocean conditions. We will continue development of the boat and its sea trials in the coming year.
Undergraduates work on a variety of design and development efforts in this project. For example, students are improving the design of quad-rotor drones for use over the coastal ocean. Another current effort is the development of payloads for the drones. Undergraduate students are currently working on a lightweight sampling bottle to be carried by quad-rotor drones that can be tripped automatically to collect water samples. Undergraduates also participate in a broad range of activities for making measurements in the coastal ocean. During the upcoming year we are looking for undergraduates interested in developing and testing the robotic boat described above. Undergraduates currently working in the lab are mechanical engineering students, but students from other majors are welcome. Students perform "hands-on" work for various projects and have opportunities to learn new technologies. A particular focus of the lab has been the use of 3-D printing for fabricating parts used in many of our development efforts.
- The main requirement is the desire to learn new things and participate in creative design and development projects.
- Experience with robotics technology is desirable, but not essential.
- The ability to work and learn both independently and in small groups is important.
- Experience with programs such as MATLAB and Solid Works is desirable, but not essential.
- Some experience using hand tools.