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.

Global and International Studies

Nadege T. Clitandre

Location:
2123 SSMS

Research Project

Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat is one of the most well-known American writers today, and has become in many ways the "voice" of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora through her writings and activism. I am currently working on a book project that analyzes Danticat's literary contributions as well as the impact of her activism, particularly after Haiti's earthquake in 2010.

Undergraduate Contribution

Student researchers will collect, review, and summarize books, articles, and essays about the work of Edwidge Danticat. They will also track down transcripts of interviews and videos of presentations/talks by the author. They will assist with bibliographic work, library work, and organizing notes. In doing so, students will learn various aspects of the research process: how track down information, collect, process and analyze data, develop annotated bibliographies, and define research methods.

Requirements

Students must be reliable, detail-oriented, and have excellent time management skills. Students interested in the project should contact Professor Clitandre via email at nclitandre@global.ucsb.edu.

Location:
2123 SSMS

Research Project

For over twenty years, UCSB has been actively engaged in bringing attention to Haiti's history,culture, and significant contributions to world history. Thanks to the efforts of the Center for Black Studies Research and its Haiti Projects, UCSB is the recognized California hub for Haitian Studies scholars, activists and artists. Since the earthquake in 2010, students at UCSB have a stronger desire to not only learn more about Haiti, engage with individuals working in Haiti, but also get involved in recovery efforts. I am working with a group consisting of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at UCSB to help build a program and support specific projects that will connect the UCSB community to Carrefour-Feuilles, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Port-au-Prince Haiti heavily impacted by the earthquake. Aimed at creating a structured and sustainable link between UCSB and Haiti, this project stresses the significance and contributions of local participation and grassroots efforts in development work.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate students will work closely with Professor Clitandre on an independent research or creative project on Haiti and have an opportunity to present their work at the Center for Black Studies Research. Undergraduate students will be fully involved in finding creative ways to get the UCSB students and Santa Barbara community involved in work on Haiti. Undergraduate students will engage with faculty and graduate students to develop a plan of action for rebuilding communities and recovering community histories. Students will learn how to merge education, research and practical application.

Requirements

Interest in Haiti, community development, local grassroots activism, humanitarian aid and recovery efforts; Must be creative, curious and open to learning about other cultures. For more information, contact Professor Clitandre at nclitandre@global.ucsb.edu.

Timothy Cooley

Location:
Music 1101
893-3261

Research Project

The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to surfing globally. This research builds on Cooley’s 2014 book Surfing about Music, which expands ethnomusicological thinking about the many ways musical practices are integral to human socializing, creativity, and the formation of community.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media concerning surfing culture. They will update the Surfing about Music webpage and facebook page.

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ability to create webpages a plus. 

Music, Global and International Studies

Timothy Cooley

Location:
1101 Music

Research Project

This project extends my work on music and sports to include equestrian traditions. I am particularly interested in Western USA and Mexican traditions, some of which are prevalent locally, including Baile, Escaramuza, La Charreada, and other border-crossing practices. Another area of exploration is the role of the clown in rodeos. The rodeo clown acts as an MC for the event, and s/he usually works with recorded music or a DJ.

Undergraduate Contribution

This is a new research area for me, so the student will be assisting me with ground-up work identifying and assessing available material. The student will be collecting bibliographic and filmic materials to create an annotated bibliography and filmography. The student will also engage in supervised ethnographic work, interviewing local horsemen and women.

Requirements

Basic bibliographic skills required. Spanish language abilities desired. Experience with horses a plus.