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.

Feminist Studies

Edwina Barvosa

Location:
SH 1704
X5714

Research Project

Constructing Deliberative Democracy is an ongoing research project testing the hypothesis that some controversial issues are being democratized in America through contradictory elements of popular culture. These widely circulating elements give people the opportunity to informally debate and deliberate on controversial subjects. Through informal deliberations a public may sometimes reach a new majority opinion on a hot button issue. Such shifting opinions connect in complex ways to new legal and structural changes as the courts and electoral democracy reflect new public perspectives. Our current case study is on shifts in public opinion regarding LGBTQ civil rights between 1989 and 2014.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will perform targeted internet searches to locate examples of popular culture elements relevant to LGBTQ civil rights and changing public opinion between 1989 and 2014. Searches are clearly defined to key issues, key outlets (i.e. films, TV, blogs, mass market books, newspapers) and key time frames (a given year, a specific time after a key event). This research is thus a "guided scavenger hunt" through pop culture in which materials are collected, filed, and labeled for further analysis of the rate and effects of American pop culture on changing public opinion in American democracy.

Requirements

Requirements are: 1) personal access to a computer and the internet; 2) facility with MS Word including how to cut and paste from the web; 3) attention to detail; 4) ability to follow directions. It is also a helpful to be willing to learn Zotero or other digital filing or bibliographical database system.

Location:
SH 1704
X5714

Research Project

Constructing Deliberative Democracy is an ongoing research project testing the hypothesis that some controversial issues are being democratized in America through contradictory elements of popular culture. These widely circulating elements give people the opportunity to informally debate and deliberate on controversial subjects. Through informal deliberations a public may sometimes reach a new majority opinion on a hot button issue. Such shifting opinions connect in complex ways to new legal and structural changes as the courts and electoral democracy reflect new public perspectives. Our current case study is on shifts in public opinion regarding LGBTQ civil rights between 1989 and 2014.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will perform targeted internet searches to locate examples of popular culture elements relevant to LGBTQ civil rights and changing public opinion between 1989 and 2014. Searches are clearly defined to key issues, key outlets (i.e. films, TV, blogs, mass market books, newspapers) and key time frames (a given year, a specific time after a key event). This research is thus a "guided scavenger hunt" through pop culture in which materials are collected, filed, and labeled for further analysis of the rate and effects of American pop culture on changing public opinion in American democracy.

Requirements

Requirements are: 1) personal access to a computer and the internet; 2) facility with MS Word including how to cut and paste from the web; 3) attention to detail; 4) ability to follow directions. It is also a helpful to be willing to learn Zotero or other digital filing or bibliographical database system.

Grace Chang

Location:
SH 4704

Research Project

I require research assistance for a book project underway on human trafficking from an immigrant rights and sex worker rights perspective.

Undergraduate Contribution

The research assistant will help me to complete the following tasks:  locating popular culture treatments of the issue online and in films; locating legal cases and journal articles/books; fact checking and citations; some copy-editing.

Requirements

Student should be a junior or senior who has taken one of my undergraduate survey classes (FS30 or FS50) with me previously, and has demonstrated attention to detail, responsibility, initiative, follow-through and research skills.

Mireille Miller-Young

Location:
4712 South Hall

Research Project

My research focuses on sexual labor history and policy in various areas of the sex industry, including pornography, and looks particularly at issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality within that history and policy. I am working on a couple of projects simultaneously, including pornographic archives, policing and trafficking policy affecting black sex workers and pimps, and the history of representations in popular culture and film of black sexual labor.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will conduct library research on academic databases for journals and primary sources, online for mainstream sources and other library collections, interview transcriptions, editing and formatting of written texts, bibliography construction, organization of files and archives, and general support of academic activities by the professor.

Requirements

Upperclassmen with experience in feminist studies or related fields, and with independent library research and advanced writing skills preferred. Experience with and ability to use on one's own computer MS Word, Excel, and scanning software needed. Photoshop and film editing experience a plus.

Laury Oaks

Location:
4706 South Hall

Research Project

I am working on a research study on Women’s Perspectives on and Experiences with Fertility Awareness Method/Natural Family Planning to how women in our society make sense of contraception in their lives and what experiences they have with fertility awareness. This is a comparative study exploring feminist, Catholic, and medical narratives about FAM/NFP.

Undergraduate Contribution

Tasks will include researching hard copy and online sources, organizing references, and tracking down a variety of materials.

Important: computer access, attention to detail, organizational skills, willingness to learn Zotero.

Requirements

Computer access, attention to detail, research ethics, organizational skills, and willingness to learn Zotero.

Prerequisite: upper-division status and completion of at least 1 Feminist Studies course.