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.

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Dolores Ines Casillas

Location:
1705 South Hall
805-893-3213

Research Project

I am currently conducting research within the areas of U.S. Spanish-language Media; Chicana & Latina Popular Culture; Radio & Sound Practices; Racial Politics of Language; Accent Studies; and Language Learning Technologies. I use these areas to examine specific issues in regard to race and citizenship. The work includes an overview of primary and secondary sources, academic and popular, including print, television, radio, and social media. 

Undergraduate Contribution

Currently, I am in need of someone willing to do library database and some Internet research to double check bibliographic sources. Some assistance tracking down specific URLs, books, and articles as well. An ongoing love for detail and libraries is a plus.

Requirements

A two-quarter commitment, punctuality, good attitude, sincere interest in popular culture as a site of scholarly assessment. Junior or senior standing preferred, CHST major or significant courswork in CHST a plus.

Chicana and Chicano Studies, Anthropology

Gerardo Aldana

Location:
1710 South Hall
(805) 893-5713

Research Project

The Sotsmobile Project -- we will be building a remote control hybrid drone to assist in the exploration of caves before they are archaeologically excavated. No experience necessary, but electro-mechanical interest useful.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will build the device in collaboration with and/or under the guidance of faculty and graduate students. Students may also be interested in piloting the vehicle.

Requirements

Interest in robotics and/or ancient Mesoamerica.

Location:
1710 South Hall

Research Project

Tamuyal is a mobile device app intended to provide a culturally relevant introduction to STEM and the UCSB campus. Visiting K-12 students enter the Tamuyal game environment to learn about UCSB's ecology as well as the academic programs available for undergraduate study.

Undergraduate Contribution

The game incorporates different types of information and can therefore benefit from students interested in: app programming (Unity, C#); ecological modeling/simulation; environmental sensor data; ancient Mesoamerican culture; K-12 STEM educational outreach; 3d and 2d digital art.

Requirements

Interest/curiosity is the main requirement. Training is available.