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.

Economics

Richard Startz

Location:
3038 North Hall
(805) 893-2895

Research Project

The project uses data on recent economics PhD candidates to uncover the undergraduate characteristics of applicants likely to lead to a successful PhD.

Undergraduate Contribution

Expected to collect web data, conduct econometric estimation, and contribute to writing of research paper.

Requirements

Student should have prior experience in obtaining academic cv's and should have completed Economics 140A. Graduate economics coursework and plans to obtain economics PhD also valuable.

Emanuel Vespa

Location:
3024 North Hall
917 497 8825

Research Project

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/)

Undergraduate Contribution

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.

Requirements

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.