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.

Sociology

Howard Winant

Location:
SSMS Bldg 3005

Research Project

RACIAL FORMATION THEORY/CRITICAL RACE THEORY (AND PRACTICE!)

The UCSB Center for New Racial Studies offers opportunities for undergraduates to develop their research, theory, and practice skills in area of race and racism.

We will welcome and help develop projects proposed by undergraduate students oriented to race and racism issues. Projects may take the form of independent study, supervised internship with an appropriate community organization, group research activity, or paid work-study activity with the UCSB CNRS. We are particularly interested in projects related to immigrants rights, racial profiling, incarceration, low-wage labor, race/class/sex-gender intersectionality, and environmental racism.  We are also seeking students with web skills to help develop our site.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate contribution will depend on the type of work done. All academic work will be rigorous and will demand significant writing commitment. Community-based work will be conducted under academic/organizational supervision and will require meeting agreed-upon hourly commitments in the field and producing agreed-upon writing assignments. Work-study assignments will vary.

Requirements

Students interested should arrange to meet with Professor Howard Winant; email him hwinant@soc.ucsb.edu.

Students will generally have junior or above status and a declared major. GPA of 3.3 or above will generally be expected.

History of Art and Architecture

Richard Wittman

Location:
Arts 2314

Research Project

Your work will be a vital contribution to my book project on the reconstruction of the Early Christian basilica of San Paolo fuori le mura in Rome. This reconstruction was launched after a fire destroyed the old building in 1823, and it only ended more than a century later, in 1931. The main focus of my project lies in the period 1823-1860.

Undergraduate Contribution

You would be working with photographs of primary archival documents in Italian, or sometimes with published historical documents in Italian. Depending on the situation, you would either be going through them with me, or reading and summarizing them on your own. Requirements: An excellent knowledge of both Italian and English

Requirements

You must be a careful reader and attentive to detail. The work will also be much more fun if you have a taste for history, and you enjoy working out what people long ago were thinking, doing, and aspiring to.

Political Science

John Woolley

Location:
Ellison 3714

Research Project

The American Presidency Project archives documents related to the presidency and presidential campaigns.  We have a large database already (over 110,000 documents) and expect to be visited by around 6 million users in the 2016 election year.  
 
In the current campaign presents special challenges.  We are trying to track speeches and important interviews by presidential candidates.  We are also trying to prepare the contents of the White House blog for addition to our archive.  

Undergraduate Contribution

We are looking for students to take on the monitoring of specific candidates.  They will acquire and categorizing the candidate's speeches and interviews, and prepare them in a standardized format for uploading to a searchable database.  The "white house blog" part of the project will involve extracting individual documents from the WH blog together with relevant information about the author, date, and topic(s).  

Requirements

For the candidate portion the main requirement is some facility with computer searches and use of readily available software to prepare files.  For the WH blog portion, more computer skills will be extremely helpful for extracting information from files that have been captured from the WH website.
 
The main requirement is that students need to be interested in learning a lot more about specific candidates (not necessarily their favorite by any means), and about campaigning.  
 
Some experience with websites will be helpful.

Art

Kim Yasuda

Location:
Arts Building #534 Office # 1316
805-893-2153

Research Project

Isla Vista Community Arts Internships.
 

Undergraduate Contribution

Student interns will develop and execute an IV-centered,Capstone project, exploring their individual and collaborative research and/or production skills through meaningful and effective community dialogue and engagement. Participants will research a broad range of local history and sites in IV, including but not limited to: residential neighborhoods, housing, parks, parking lots, streets, county-owned buildings, community and education centers, co-ops and food/retail storefronts. Those living in Isla Vista will explore their own residential environments and neighborhood streets/parks as potential settings for their research/work. Students may also look at models for social programming, including event resource development, planning-execution, county/city ordinance process and other critical infrastructures that support off-site, public arts development. 
 
 
 

Requirements

Community engagement and arts interested undergraduates of any discipline.

Location:
Arts Building #534 Office # 1316
805-893-2153

Research Project

Research project: Light Works, Isla Vista: May 20-23, 2016
 

Undergraduate Contribution

Various research opportunities include: Administrative (organizational and coordination/facilitation of artist projects and site visits, as well as installations); Call for Artists Review (assist in coordination of online artists review process through slideroom, facilitate review process with curators); Social Media (branding and promotion on line and in print (web, print posters, etc), Development (both crowd-sourced, private and other); Artist facilitator (work with artist to help them develop their works on site in Isla Vista during Winter/ Spring quarter 2016). 
 

Requirements

Should have creative interest and flair in public, community based projects that enhance the visual quality of life in our immediate environments. art fabrication, solid state LED engineering/lighting technologies and graphic design, web design, social media skills valuable, but not required. Enthusiasm and commitment to the vision a must!

Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology

Hillary Young

Location:
Noble Hall 2116

Research Project

Our community ecology lab is working to understand how human-driven changes to natural systems (species loss and invasion, habitat loss, climate change) affect ecosystem structure, stability and function. One of the primary ways we measure ecosystem structure is by representing them as networks of interacting species.

We are currently building food webs for a series of islands in the south pacific to better understand:

1. How do island size and productivity affect the distribution and diversity of species?

2. How does variation in these species interactions affect system stability and function?

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will work to understand how ecosystem size and productivity affect the distribution and diversity of various orders of arthropods, and will be involved in all aspects of the project including data collection, analyses and communication.

Requirements

Students that have taken basic coursework in biology are preferred, but it is not required.

Location:
Noble Hall 2116

Research Project

We are seeking undergraduate support on two Projects. Both seek to understand how biodiversity loss affects community composition and function.

  1. The first project examines the effects of land-use change and biodiversity loss on rodent-borne disease risk in East Africa.
  2. The second project examines what factors (phylogeny, lifehistory, etc) determine a species vulnerability to disturbance (e.g. local extinction risk) and how this relates to host competence in carrying diseases.

Undergraduate Contribution

1. The first project will be lab based and will include analysis of parasite loads in wildlife blood and fecal samples (including slide staining, fecal floats, and time under a microscope looking for parasites). There will also be basic organizational tasks, such as sorting and labelling samples.

Requirements

  1. Experience working on a microscope is needed. Attention to detail, good organizational skills, independence, and interest in the question are also critical!
  2. Strong quantitative skills and experience (or interest in learning) how to read scientific literature are required. Experience in R or with CMA software would be an enormous asset. Again, attention to detail, independence, good organizational skills, patience, and interest in the questions will be critical.

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Hsiao-Jung Yu

Location:
2239 HSSB

Research Project

The Chinese language today includes a number of new words, phrases and expressions, some are due to language contact with other languages such as English and Japanese. This project is to collect and study the new words coined from the 18th century to present day and to study various contact situations and their impact on the Chinese language, as well as their reflections of and associations with Chinese culture and society in the 21st century.

Undergraduate Contribution

Language Contact and Change in the 21st Chinese

Student assistants will help collect and recording existing data in Chinese literary and historical documents from the 18th century to the modern era. They will also help prepare various charts and diagrams of the data collected by the professor/supervisor and also help enter data in the database.

Requirements

Chinese language (native/near native)
Chinese 26 or Chinese 124B or equivalent

Asian American Studies

Xiaojian Zhao

Location:
5030 HSSB
893-2825

Research Project

Transnational Asian American communities
This projects explores Asian American communities from a global perspective, focusing on multi-directional migration, flexible citizenship, transnational politics and media, and global social and economic networks.

Undergraduate Contribution

There are two ways for undergraduate students to provide assistance to the project. The first is to help collect and code data, conduct survey, and transcribe interviews. The second is to work on mini-research projects that are closely related to the project, especially projects on South Asian and Southeast Asian American communities.

Requirements

Commitment to research is required. Students who are interested in doing research in Asian American studies and global studies are preferred.

Location:
5030 HSSB
893-2825

Research Project

This project explores a new trend in Asian American entrepreneurship. Taking advantage of their bi-lingual and bi-cultural backgrounds, immigrant entrepreneurs have expanded their businesses throughout the United States and beyond, and they facilitated trade between U.S. and Asia. The project focuses on the roles of Asian Americans in import and export.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students can contribute to the project by collecting data from government statistics, newspaper and on-line reports, business directories, and books and articles.

Requirements

Commitment to research.

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