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.

Asian American Studies

Xiaojian Zhao

Location:
5030 HSSB
893-2825

Research Project

Transnational Asian American communities
This projects explores Asian American communities from a global perspective, focusing on multi-directional migration, flexible citizenship, transnational politics and media, and global social and economic networks.

Undergraduate Contribution

There are two ways for undergraduate students to provide assistance to the project. The first is to help collect and code data, conduct survey, and transcribe interviews. The second is to work on mini-research projects that are closely related to the project, especially projects on South Asian and Southeast Asian American communities.

Requirements

Commitment to research is required. Students who are interested in doing research in Asian American studies and global studies are preferred.

Location:
5030 HSSB
893-2825

Research Project

This project explores a new trend in Asian American entrepreneurship. Taking advantage of their bi-lingual and bi-cultural backgrounds, immigrant entrepreneurs have expanded their businesses throughout the United States and beyond, and they facilitated trade between U.S. and Asia. The project focuses on the roles of Asian Americans in import and export.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students can contribute to the project by collecting data from government statistics, newspaper and on-line reports, business directories, and books and articles.

Requirements

Commitment to research.

Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering

Paul Atzberger

Location:
South Hall 6712
(805) 893-3239

Research Project

Applied mathematical research presents exciting opportunities to develop analytic and computational approaches to tackle interesting problems arising in the natural sciences, engineering, and information sciences (machine learning / data sciences). We work in an area called "stochastic analysis" which we use to develop novel models and computational methods for simulation of problems arising in fluid mechanics, soft materials, and biophysics. In related work, we also use mathematical approaches to develop novel ways to analyze data developing further techniques in machine learning and statistical inference. See our research website for more details on projects at http://www.atzberger.org/

Undergraduate Contribution

Mathematical modeling and computational simulation work in collaboration with research group members. This could include development of new models, implementations of numerical methods, performing simulation studies of physical systems, or development of machine learning methods for data analysis. Present results at workshops and group meetings. See our research website for more details: http://www.atzberger.org/

Requirements

Some experience with programming would be helpful, but not strictly required. Overall, a strong motivation and enthusiasm to use mathematical approaches to tackle exciting problems arising in the natural sciences, engineering, or information sciences.

Chicana and Chicano Studies, Anthropology

Gerardo Aldana

Location:
1710 South Hall

Research Project

Tamuyal is a mobile device app intended to provide a culturally relevant introduction to STEM and the UCSB campus. Visiting K-12 students enter the Tamuyal game environment to learn about UCSB's ecology as well as the academic programs available for undergraduate study.

Undergraduate Contribution

The game incorporates different types of information and can therefore benefit from students interested in: app programming (Unity, C#); ecological modeling/simulation; environmental sensor data; ancient Mesoamerican culture; K-12 STEM educational outreach; 3d and 2d digital art.

Requirements

Interest/curiosity is the main requirement. Training is available.

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.

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