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 email@example.com for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.
I'm in the process of revalidating a database I built with a colleague in 2012 that collects basic information on all of the more than 1,400 local nonbeliever communities in the United States. We intend to use this updated database for a longitudinal study of these groups so we can understand whether they are growing in number and also what factors might lead to their formation. We recently published an article in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion based on the 2012 version, which demonstrates that nonbeliever communities are more likely to form in counties where there are proportionally more evangelicals.
An undergraduate research assistant would contact groups listed in the 2012 database by phone or email in order to collect basic information and assess the group's level of activity. The student will be provided with email and phone scripts, including a basic questionnaire. This information will be used to update/revalidate the database.
Students must have basic proficiency with Microsoft Excel and experience conducting qualitative research, including interviews. Ideally, the student would also have a strong interest in the area of research. Majors in Religious Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology preferred (though not a requirement).
The undergraduate research assistant would conduct online research (e.g., looking at blogs, newspapers, and journals) and interviews with persons invested in the religious realms & representations of professional wrestling.