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.

Education

Diana Arya

Location:
Education 3151
x 2185

Research Project

The Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES) program aims to create engineering and science design experiences that engage undergraduate students to Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers and personnel. This program is an opportunity for veterans, underrepresented community college (CC) and university undergraduate students who major in STEM-related subjects and wish to pursue a civil career in the Navy, to participate in an 8-week immersive experience, where teams of students compete in finding the most innovative and effective design solutions to real-world Naval engineering and science design projects. We are currently in the first iteration of this program and are engaged in research and analysis of all collected data.

Undergraduate Contribution

We are currently searching for students who can support data organization of program materials and transcription. Students will have opportunities to engage in preliminary analysis and interpretation.

Requirements

Second to fourth year standing. 3.0 GPA or higher. Interested in educational research, STEM learning in higher ed contexts, or video transcription/analysis.

Charles Bazerman

Location:
3208 Education
x7543

Research Project

The world and writing in undergraduate education. Undergraduates in different majors need to learn disciplinary practices and skills of identifying and recording relevant data, then analyzing that data and using the data as evidence within disciplinary reasoning.  This project will be looking at how students are introduced to these skills, how they are asked to practice them, and how they are supported in these tasks, starting with gen ed classes through senior capstone courses.  We will be looking at selected majors across the university.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will help collect data from curriculum and course materials, observe and record classroom events, and conduct surveys and interviews.  Students will also help with preliminary analysis and interpretation.

Requirements

Second to fourth year standing. 3.0 GPA or higher. Interested in writing or educational issues. All majors welcome.

Julie Bianchini

Location:
ED 3153
805-893-4110

Research Project

We are investigating beginning science and mathematics teachers' understanding of how to teach English language learners. We are in the process of collecting and analyzing a large amount of qualitative data to answer our research questions -- audio recorded interviews, video recorded classroom lessons, and performance assessment portfolios.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will become part of our research team. Primary responsibilities will be transcribing video recorded classroom lessons and qualitatively coding interview and classroom transcripts.

Requirements

Students should have a background in science, mathematics, or education; have an eye for details; and be willing to learn NVivo, a qualitative software program.

Mary Brenner

Location:
3137 Education
893-7118

Research Project

We are investigating how elementary teachers learn discourse-oriented instructional practices and how professional development supports their learning.  We are working with two cohorts of elementary teachers who attended a summer professional development institute hosted by the UCSB Mathematics Project.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will work with faculty and graduate students in several stages of the research project collecting data, transcribing, and analyzing video data.  Students will have the opportunity to learn several perspectives on qualitative research methods.

Requirements

Students should have some familiarity with Excel and Word Processing platforms.  Students should be willing to learn qualitative research software such as ExpressScribe, Dedoose, and Nvivo.

Richard Duran

Location:
3141 Education
x3555

Research Project

Title: Ubiquitous Computing, Computational Thinking, Modular Robotics, MakerSpaces and New Forms of Learning

Our work examines how we can help young people from backgrounds (e.g., certain ethnic/racial backgrounds, low-income backgrounds, and women) underrepresented in STEM fields learn about edge developments in technology via hands on building and simple programing of mobile technology gadgets.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergrads contribute by acquiring skills on building, programming, and using mobile technology gadgets in a lab and then implementing these skills in local community settings under guidance of the project team. Undergrads also contribute new, creative designs for learning activities in community settings.

Requirements

Curiosity to learn how electronic and computational things work in the world around us and how these matters are coming to affect learning. No super technological background required, though such a background would always be welcome. Interest in working with young people from diverse backgrounds in our surrounding community is an important asset.

Danielle Harlow

Location:
ED 3105

Research Project

MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation is a new museum being built in Santa Barbara. We will be investigating how children and adults interact with the museum exhibits and the role of playful interactions, creative design, and making sense of observations in learning about science and engineering.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will help by collecting data (observing, surveying, and interviewing visitors at MOXI), analyzing data and presenting reports.

Requirements

Interest in museums, informal science learning, teaching and/or working with children.

Location:
EDUC 3105

Research Project

We are investigating how children learn computer programming and how the curriculum supports their learning. We are working with children and teachers in local 4th-6th grade classrooms.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will work with faculty and graduate students in multiple stages of the research project from collecting data data, transcribing video, and analyzing video data.

Requirements

Students should have some familiarity with block-based computer programming (scratch.mit.edu) or be willing to learn.

Amy Kyratzis

Location:
3125 Education Building

Research Project

Children of indigenous Mixtec communities in California face many educational challenges. The data collection is for a program that aims to help preschool children of one Mixtec community in California succeed, by bringing the community's language and literacy practices into local area Head Start preschool classrooms, by training women of the community through an Early Childhood Education (ECE) class and bringing the women into local area preschools to teach the children.

Undergraduate Contribution

Responsibilities will include assisting with translating between the community women taking the Early Childhood Education class (who speak Spanish) and the researchers (who speak English), helping with transcription of the interactions among the community women and researchers in the Early Childhood Class, as well as of the interactions among the community women and children at the community women’s preschool placement sites. Also, data collection at the preschool placement sites of the community women, as well as preparation of curricular materials and data analysis support. Involvement is for the time of the ECE class, Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm, or mornings at the preschool placement sites in Oxnard, or any time 9:00 am to 7:00 pm week-days transcribing in the researchers’ lab. The study provides research experience for students interested in research on indigenous and migrant education, as well as early literacy development and education for indigenous Mixtec and Mexican students in California.

Requirements

We need Spanish-English bilingual undergraduate Research Assistants. Students must be fluent in conversational and written Spanish to the extent of being able to transcribe conversations among adult and child participants occurring mostly in Spanish. Knowledge of Mixtec or Zapotec language and culture a plus. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or above and have Junior or Senior standing.