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.

Art

Kip Fulbeck

Location:
Building 534, Room 2222
(805) 330-1515

Research Project

I am completing an extensive project photographing multi-ethnic individuals over a 15 year period. Each individual was originally photographed in the early 00s. I have spent the past two years rephotographing and interviewing hundreds of them. Each participant also wrote a handwritten statement of identity (both then and now). The exhibition premiers in April 2018 at the Japanese American National Museum.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research Assistants coordinate individuals for photo shoots; collate individual photographs and releases; scan and backup handwritten statements; assist with layout and design of accompanying book and publicity materials; help print and frame images; and work with myself and museum staff in installing exhibition.

Requirements

Responsible, organized, good communication skills, knowledge of Adobe Photoshop helpful but not required

English

Patricia Fumerton

Location:
2506 South Hall
708-0540

Research Project

English Broadside Ballad Archive, http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu. This project is devoted to mounting online facsimile images, citations, transcriptions, and recordings of broadside ballads of the seventeenth century and earlier. Broadside ballads are large sheets (hence "broad) on which are printed many illustrations, a song, and a tune title.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates work alongside graduate students to create "facsimile transcriptions" (in which the student opens up a facsimile of the ballad in Photoshop and a transcription in Word, and then carefully replaces the original text of the ballad with the transcribed text, matching font size and spacing and preserving the ballad's ornamentation). Students also help catalogue ballads and convert ballads into TEI/XML using a handy easy-to-follow program called X-Balled. Students in the process learn much about early printing techniques, popular culture, Photoshop, and text encoding.

Requirements

Detail-oriented, reliable, and a basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Andrew Griffin

Location:
South Hall 2524

Research Project

The project works in collaboration with Director Patricia Fumerton to expand research on the English Broadside Ballad Archive. The project makes public facsimile images of early English ballads printed during the 16th and 17th centuries, and this expansion works to digitize previously created facsimile transcriptions into modernized replicas of the early modern print on the original broadside ballads.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates work alongside graduate students to carefully transcribe the original text of the ballads, in order to convert that transcribed text into high quality digital replicas in Photoshop. Students in the process learn much about early modern print culture, early modern popular culture, and archival transcription practices.

Requirements

90 units of course credit, 3.0 GPA. In addition, students should be reliable, and have a detail-oriented work ethic and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Shelly Gable

Location:
Bldg.251, Rm.3837

Research Project

Our research looks at topics such as approach and avoidance motivation (the desire to go after positive outcomes vs. the desire to avoid negative outcomes), relationship and personal goals, personal goal support, relationship motives, capitalization, positive emotions, etc. A number of projects centered on motivation and relationship research will be going on in the lab. We conduct observational studies with couples, questionnaire studies, diary studies, as well a number of experimental studies.

Undergraduate Contribution

Responsibilities include running participants, coding data, entering data, brainstorming ideas for follow-up studies, preparing study materials, etc.

Requirements

We are looking for bright, responsible and reliable research assistants (no prior experience is necessary). Please complete our lab's application, located here:
https://collinslab.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9JeQub9geWGmrP

David Hamilton

Location:
Bldg. 251, Rm. 3819
805-893-2456

Research Project

People form first impressions of others quickly and easily, even from minimal information. Research has shown that people routinely infer trait qualities about a person from information they learn about the person’s behaviors. In fact, this happens spontaneously, without intention and even without the perceivers’ awareness that they are making these inferences. In other words, they begin forming a first impression immediately and automatically. Our research has shown that perceivers spontaneously make similar trait inferences about groups, based on the behaviors performed by a group. Again, perceivers are forming group impressions immediately and automatically, without being aware they are doing so.

The current project builds upon and extends this line of research. A series of studies (1-2 per quarter) are planned in which we will determine whether perceivers can spontaneously form simultaneous, yet different, impressions of two or more groups. The paradigm used in these studies can determine whether this can happen even when people are not intending to do so (their task presumably is simply to remember the sentences) and they are not aware that they are in fact making those inferences. In these experiments we will present information about two different groups and will test whether two distinct impressions can be unconsciously formed and retained in memory under these conditions.  The results of these studies will be very informative regarding the nature of human inference processes in group and intergroup perception, with implications for foundations of stereotype formation.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will assist in several phases of the research: preparation of experimental materials, conducting experimental sessions, data coding and entry, library research.

Requirements

3.0 GPA, Psychology majors only. 

Earth Science

Phillip Gans

Location:
1034 Webb Hall
893-2642

Research Project

Investigation of the geologic evolution of various localities through a combination of field and analytical work. Geologic mapping, sample collecting, compilation of field data using GIS software, preparation of presentation graphics, statistical analysis of structural data, preparation and analysis of geologic samples using a variety of methods, including radiometric dating (40Ar/39Ar, U-Pb), petrographic studies, SEM and Microprobe.

Undergraduate Contribution

Assisting with field work, preparation of samples for petrographic and microstructural work, compilation and analysis of data using Excel, computer graphics using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, preparation of high purity mineral separates for geochronological analysis (crushing, grinding, sieving of rock samples, density and magnetic separations)

Requirements

Prefer some geologic background - ideal for entry level earth science majors. Experience with Excel and Adobe Creative Suite are desirable for some of the work.

Bradley Hacker

Location:
2120 Webb Hall

Research Project

Dating of rocks and minerals using the U-Pb and other isotopic methods. Determining metamorphic pressure and temperature using thermobarometry.

Undergraduate Contribution

Mineral separation, petrography, electron-probe micro-analysis, electron-backscatter diffraction, ICP mass spectrometry.

Requirements

Mineralogy

Mechanical Engineering

Fredric Gibou

Location:
Engineering II Bld
805 893 7152

Research Project

The focus of our lab is the design and applications of novel computational methods. Applications range from the study of fluid flows to the simulation of solidification processes to the study of bioengineering topics.

Undergraduate Contribution

Typical undergraduate contributions range from the design and implementation of computational methods to the application of such methods to physical and biological phenomena.

Requirements

Good programing skills is viewed positively. Motivation and good analytical skills.

Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

Claudia Gottstein

Location:
6313 Bio II

Research Project

The longterm goal of the project is i) to investigate differences in surface marker expression of cancer stem cells compared to normal stem cells and mature cancer cells, ii) to correlate these differences to other cellular phenotypes and iii) to exploit these differences therapeutically. We work with antibody phage display libraries to isolate specific antibodies to breast cancer stem cells, and we investigate the surface expression patterns on cytospins and tissues of breast cancer cells and normal cells.

Undergraduate Contribution

A subproject is to stain breast cancer tissues and normal tissues with candidate antibodies for breast cancer stem cells. This entails sectioning of frozen tissues, and immunofluorescent staining of these tissues, as well as microscopic analysis of the sections. There is a possibility to also assist in protein expression and cell culture later in the project, depending on the general project results.

Requirements

Experience in tissue sectioning and handling is a plus but not required. Please submit CV, transcripts, cover letter and the contact information of one reference. GPA reqs for MCDB199.

Sociology

Lisa Hajjar

Location:
SSMS 3018

Research Project

I need help organizing the research I have been conducting over the past 15 years for a book project, The War in Court: The Legal Campaign against US Torture. Specifically, this research includes approximately 200 interviews with lawyers who have worked in some capacity to challenge the US torture program in the context of the "war on terror," as well as field notes from my observations at Guantanamo military commission trials, and conferences and other torture-related events. I need to create a searchable database of this research, a summary of each item, and an electronic scan of the materials.

Undergraduate Contribution

An undergraduate research assistant would use my materials to create the database, summarize each item, and produce electronic scans. The student will work with me to devise a framework for the searchable database and delineate the key elements to be included in summaries (e.g., names of interviewees, dates and locations, nature of interviewee's work, topics discussed in the interview, etc). This would provide the student with the opportunity to learn by my example how longitudinal qualitative research is conducted, and how to organize such research in a user-friendly manner for a book project.

Requirements

The student must be an upper-level student who has taken at least one of the following courses and earned a grade of B+ or higher: Soc 173 (Sociology of Law), Soc 173R (Sociology of Human Rights). The student must be highly organized, capable of learning how to use a database software (TBD), and interested in the topic of my research.

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