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.

Asian American Studies

John Park

Location:
5040 HSSB
x8573

Research Project

Coming Into an Awareness.  This project examines how young people come into an awareness of their legal status, often in cases where this status is a legal disability or liability within the United States.  The project examines slave children and the children of fugitive slaves, Chinese Americans whose parents were illegal immigrants, Japanese Americans during World War II, and undocumented students in contemporary law and society.  

Undergraduate Contribution

Students interested in archival legal history would be especially interested in this project, as well as students in ethnic studies, sociology, and other related fields.  

Requirements

Upper division standing.

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.