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.

Linguistics

Mary Bucholtz

Location:
3509 South Hall

Research Project

Research assistants are needed for the School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) project, which teaches first-generation college-bound high school students, primarily of Latina/o heritage, to conduct original research and activism projects on language, culture, power, and identity in their own lives and communities as academic preparation for college.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will work in multiple capacities for the project. In the fall, RAs will process existing audio and video data of classroom interaction as well as data collected by high school students, to help develop analyses for original research. In winter and spring, RAs may continue to work on data as well as collecting new data through fieldwork in local high schools and other settings.

Requirements

Desirable but not required: Previous coursework in Linguistics, Chicana/o Studies, and/or Education, Spanish or Mixtec language ability, experience in working with youth, experience in collecting, editing, and/or analyzing audio or video data, website experience, and/or coursework in sociocultural linguistics.

Anne Charity-Hudley

Location:
South Hall 3607 B

Research Project

I plan to write a book and several articles on language and culture in postsecondary contexts, with a focus on supporting the social and academic experiences of African-American students on predominately White university campuses. The book “Talking College” will include survey and interview materials.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will help prepare a literature review designed for a general public audience on African-American language and culture.

Students will conduct interviews, do linguistic analysis of the interviews, and create materials designed to empower college going speakers of African-American English.

Requirements

Students should plan to take or have already taken LING 36 with Prof. Anne Charity Hudley or LING 136 with Prof. Mary Bucholtz

John DuBois

Location:
3520 South Hall

Research Project

Students with an interest in language and linguistics are invited to participate in a research team called the Rezonators. We work with a program called the Rezonator to markup, visualize, and analyze resonance in conversation. Resonance is based on similarity, parallelism, synonymy, antonymy, co-reference, or any other aspect of affinity that connects one word or phrase to another. Currently we are developing the software as a Game With a Purpose (GWAP) to support crowd-sourced research and discovery about the role of resonance in language and interaction.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will use the Rezonator to markup resonance in conversation; participate in weekly lab meetings; give feedback to team members on their work; participate in studies of inter-annotator reliability; and prepare a final presentation and research report. Students are expected to contribute a minimum of 5-8 hours per week to these activities.

Requirements

To qualify for participation, students should have a GPA of at least 3.5 at UCSB, and be pursuing a major or minor in Linguistics or a related discipline (such as Computer Science). Students should be willing to contribute actively to all individual and group activities (see above).