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.

History

Anthony Barbieri-Low

Location:
HSSB 4225

Research Project

Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality for Archaeology
In a new computer lab, I am experimenting with new virtual reality (HTC Vive) and mixed reality (Microsoft Hololens) technologies for visualizing archaeological sites and artifacts.
Using 3D scanners and photogrammetry software, I have been creating virtual walkthroughs of archaeological sites and fashioning virtual museum galleries.

Undergraduate Contribution

Programming in Unity
Testing simulations in Vive and Hololens
3D modeling in Maya or 3DS Max
Platform testing on desktop, web, and mobile

Requirements

Unity 3D experience
Maya or 3DS Max modeling experience preferred
Location:
HSSB 4225

Research Project

I am currently working on a study of the Qin Dynasty of China and its famous First Emperor. I am looking at this period from multiple perspectives, including archaeology, history, and current popular culture.

Undergraduate Contribution

I would like assistance with bibliographic work, including entering information into bibliographic databases (EndNote), copying articles, and maybe some article summarization.

Requirements

Use of computer applications like Word and EndNote most helpful. Additional foreign languages such as German or French a plus.

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia

Location:
3257 HSSB

Research Project

Race, Gender, and Juvenile Justice

Undergraduate Contribution

I am looking for a student to carry out newspaper research, review archival documents and images, bibliographic searches, and related research for a project on girls in the juvenile justice system in 20th century California.

Requirements

Student must have familiarity with the subject, be an advanced undergraduate, detail-oriented, punctual, and a strong writer. Student must have taken a course with me in the recent past.

Mhoze Chikowero

Location:
HSSB 4214

Research Project

I am looking for student assistance with my project on colonial urban policy, particularly with regards to African alcohol in early colonial Zimbabwe.

Undergraduate Contribution

The student assistant will search on-line newspapers and microfilms for articles relating to alcohol in African locations, citing and collecting the articles.

Requirements

The right candidate: a student who has taken at least one African history course and can work with on-line sources and microfilms.

Juan Cobo

Location:
HSSB 4224

Research Project

I am currently reviewing thousands of images of archival material from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries held in the city of Tunja, in the central highlands of Colombia. This material was produced by scribes and notaries on behalf of broad sectors of the population of this region, who went to them to formalise everything from contracts and business deals to wedding arrangements and wills. As a result, they provide a fascinating window into everyday life in a colonial Latin American city. I'm particularly interested in those sources that concern indigenous people, so I need help sifting through these images to identify which documents were produced on their behalf.

Undergraduate Contribution

I've made these images available online on a lightweight platform, so they can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection. The student assistant would go through individual volumes and flag which documents appear to fit the profile.

Requirements

No course prerequisites, but the student must be interested in the history of Latin America and be willing to learn new skills.

A good reading knowledge of Spanish is essential.

No other experience is needed; I will provide the necessary training to read this old handwriting (palaeography).

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

Location:
Hssb 4252

Research Project

I am looking for an undergraduate research assistant with reading knowledge of Russian to assist me on my research on crime and police during the Russian Revolution in Petrograd, March 1917-Marcy 1918.

Undergraduate Contribution

Library work, copying, scanning, organizing notes

Requirements

Reading knowledge of Russian

John Lee

Location:
HSSB 4210

Research Project

I am working to create an interactive map, database, and online research platform for the Athenian and Achaemenid Persian Empires during the fifth century BC. Areas to be included: land and naval warfare, garrisons, fortifications, tribute, trade patterns, coinage.

Undergraduate Contribution

I am looking for an undergraduate with excellent web design, database, and computer programming skills (especially GIS) to help create this online research platform.

Requirements

No course prerequisites. Student should have expertise in computer programming (especially GIS) and web design. An interest in ancient history and ancient warfare would be a plus.

Nelson Lichtenstein

Location:
HSSB 4256
893-4822

Research Project

Intellectual Property Rights in Southern California and the Silicon Valley as 21st Century Labor Law

Undergraduate Contribution

Develop the framework, methodology, as well as analysis of this project. The student will spend a particular amount of time researching the current definitions of a knowledge economy and develop a framework for a working definition of intellectual property rights as they pertain to labor law. The student, once a working definition has been drafted, will work diligently to obtain working contracts from workers within the defined knowledge economy. Once contracts have been obtained the student will analyze the contracts for workers rights to their intellectual property and place these ‘rights,’ found in said contracts, into working definitions of labor law in the 21st century.

Requirements

Must have been enrolled in HIST 294 Winter & Spring 2014 / 2015. Must have taken HIST 167CB with a grade of A or better. Enrolled in HIST 199 Spring 2015.

Harold Marcuse

Location:
HSSB 4222

Research Project

I've scanned a rare and little-known historical journal published 1946-1948 by Holocaust survivors in Bavaria. It is in Yiddish written with Hebrew letters. I have set up a wiki to crowdsource the this work: <http://yiddishhistoryjournal.wiki-site.com/index.php/Main_Page>. The research assistant would work on expanding the wiki site, perhaps also doing some sample transcribing/transliterating the Hebrew into the Roman alphabet. Knowledge of Hebrew alphabet essential, knowledge of German or Yiddish desirable. 

Undergraduate Contribution

Phonetic transcribing from Hebrew letters into the Roman alphabet. Trials with translation engines, and work posting to and developing wiki site. Once we have worked out a basic system for translation, there are a host of research possibilities.

Requirements

Familiarity with the Hebrew alphabet is essential. Experience setting up web pages desirable, depending on tasks. Some knowledge of Holocaust history, and/or German or Yiddish language would be helpful.

Cecilia Méndez

Location:
HSSB 4227

Research Project

I am working on two interrelated projects. The first one studies the long-term legacies of the 1780-1781 Túpac Amaru II rebellion against the Spanish Crown in Peru’s national imaginings, from its aftermath to the present. I trace both official and popular memories of this rebellion --and its erasure-- through written as well as visual sources. Concurrently, I work on a book project on nineteenth-century civil wars, local governance, and state formation which draws inspiration in Peru’s most recent civil war (1980-1900s), when peasants banded together with the army to the defeat the Shining Path terrorist insurgency.

Undergraduate Contribution

The student assistant will help me locate, organize, and transcribe newspaper articles that contain specific terms (I will indicate which) in an online Latin American newspaper collection. Other tasks include assistance with scanning, bibliographical searches, and transcription of Spanish texts.

Requirements

Interest in the history of Latin America, and Spanish reading proficiency are essential. Having taken Latin American history courses is desirable but not required. Familiarity with Excel is a plus.

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