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.

Political Science

Amit Ahuja

Location:
3722 Ellison Hall
805-893-1427

Research Project

The project explores the effects of skin color in politics.

Undergraduate Contribution

The researcher is expected to perform a systematic search of reporting on skin color-related discussions across a set of news publications as well as search and identify corruption-related scholarly publications along assigned parameters. The student will update data-sets being built for the project. Timely submission of work and punctuality are a must for this position. The student will meet with the principal investigator once a week.

Requirements

Political Science/ Sociology/ History Majors. An interest in South Asia preferred but not mandatory. This course will count as a CP course and the student will be assigned a grade at the end of the quarter. The work requirements in this course are equivalent of a 4 credit hour course. The interested student should submit a cover letter detailing their expression of interest in the project and also a copy of their C.V. that contains their most current GPA.

Location:
3722 Ellison Hall
805-893-1427

Research Project

The project explores the differences in the experience of corruption across different economic strata in South Asia.

Undergraduate Contribution

The researcher is expected to perform a systematic search of reporting of corruption across a set of news publications as well as search and identify corruption-related scholarly publications along assigned parameters. Timely submission of work and punctuality are a must for this position. The student will meet with the principal investigator once a week.

Requirements

Political Science/ Sociology/ History Majors. An interest in South Asia is preferred but not mandatory. The work requirements in this course are equivalent of a 4 credit hour course. The interested student should submit a cover letter detailing their expression of interest in the project and also a copy of their C.V. The documents should contain the student's most current GPA.

Cynthia Kaplan

Location:
Ellison 3844
3110

Research Project

Project Description: The project focuses on processes involved in the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book and a series of projected articles utilize both quantitative survey data and qualitative sources. The major themes focused on include ethnic identity, social mobilization, political participation, issues of legitimacy, and the role of leaders. A book manuscript has already been accepted for publication, but some revisions are being made focusing on new data from Russia. Although all former Union Republics of the USSR are included in the analysis, Estonia and Russia receive special attention, in part, because public participation took different forms in these two essential cases.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will be asked to locate journal articles focused on specific themes of the book and articles. Most of this work will be related to Russian language journals. The student might be asked to create a database of these materials classifying materials found.

Requirements

Russian language for research. This means an ability to read articles quickly in order to identify needed evidence. A knowledge of other languages of the former USSR would be a plus. Some familiarity with Excel, or SPSS could be useful. A background in statistics for the social sciences is not a requirement, but would permit additional types of assistance.

Pei-te Lien

Location:
EH 3709
893-4983

Research Project

Who are the Asian Pacific American elected officials serving at state and local levels offices? How did they get to where they are? And what obstacles did they need to overcome? Taking advantage of a one-of-a-kind dataset collected for the Gender and Multicultural Leadership (GMCL) project in 2006-7, I propose a systematic examination of the political trajectories of the nation’s population of APA men and women serving in various subnational offices as state legislators, county commissioners, city mayors, city council members, and school board members. Factors to consider include their ethnicity, educational and family background, political orientation, community organizational involvement, non-electoral and electoral career track, and key issue concerns.

Undergraduate Contribution

An undergraduate student interested in US electoral politics, especially Asian American politics, can contribute by helping conduct on-line search for the background information of each of the elected officials identified in the GMCL project. He or she can also help organize data using the Excel spreadsheet and provide preliminary analysis.

Requirements

PS 12 and PS 161 or PS 160, plus PS 15 or 104 or the equivalent.

John Woolley

Location:
Ellison 3714

Research Project

The American Presidency Project archives documents related to the presidency and presidential campaigns.  We have a large database already (over 110,000 documents) and expect to be visited by around 6 million users in the 2016 election year.  
 
In the current campaign presents special challenges.  We are trying to track speeches and important interviews by presidential candidates.  We are also trying to prepare the contents of the White House blog for addition to our archive.  

Undergraduate Contribution

We are looking for students to take on the monitoring of specific candidates.  They will acquire and categorizing the candidate's speeches and interviews, and prepare them in a standardized format for uploading to a searchable database.  The "white house blog" part of the project will involve extracting individual documents from the WH blog together with relevant information about the author, date, and topic(s).  

Requirements

For the candidate portion the main requirement is some facility with computer searches and use of readily available software to prepare files.  For the WH blog portion, more computer skills will be extremely helpful for extracting information from files that have been captured from the WH website.
 
The main requirement is that students need to be interested in learning a lot more about specific candidates (not necessarily their favorite by any means), and about campaigning.  
 
Some experience with websites will be helpful.