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.

Geography

Vena Chu

Location:
Ellison 4818
(805) 893-2833

Research Project

www.venachu.comThe Greenland Ice Sheet is experiencing enhanced warming, which has increased surface melting and mass loss to the ocean. Future projections show that Greenland will be a source of significant contributions to global sea level rise. Meltwater on the surface of the ice sheet collects in supraglacial streams that are abundant each summer, transporting large volumes of meltwater into moulins (sinkholes) and to the ice edge, yet these streams remain poorly studied. This project aims to constrain the pathways of these rivers and the amount and timing of meltwater leaving the ice sheet surface.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will analyze and process satellite imagery to map supraglacial rivers and moulins (river termination points). Students will use these data as well as digital elevation models to analyze morphology of rivers.

Requirements

An interest in learning and motivation for independent research. Data management and computer skills are necessary for handling satellite data. Preferred qualifications include training in basic GIS and/or remote sensing.

Global and International Studies

Nadege T. Clitandre

Location:
2123 SSMS

Research Project

Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat is one of the most well-known American writers today, and has become in many ways the "voice" of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora through her writings and activism. I am currently working on a book project that analyzes Danticat's literary contributions as well as the impact of her activism, particularly after Haiti's earthquake in 2010.

Undergraduate Contribution

Student researchers will collect, review, and summarize books, articles, and essays about the work of Edwidge Danticat. They will also track down transcripts of interviews and videos of presentations/talks by the author. They will assist with bibliographic work, library work, and organizing notes. In doing so, students will learn various aspects of the research process: how track down information, collect, process and analyze data, develop annotated bibliographies, and define research methods.

Requirements

Students must be reliable, detail-oriented, and have excellent time management skills. Students interested in the project should contact Professor Clitandre via email at nclitandre@global.ucsb.edu.

Location:
2123 SSMS

Research Project

For over twenty years, UCSB has been actively engaged in bringing attention to Haiti's history,culture, and significant contributions to world history. Thanks to the efforts of the Center for Black Studies Research and its Haiti Projects, UCSB is the recognized California hub for Haitian Studies scholars, activists and artists. Since the earthquake in 2010, students at UCSB have a stronger desire to not only learn more about Haiti, engage with individuals working in Haiti, but also get involved in recovery efforts. I am working with a group consisting of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at UCSB to help build a program and support specific projects that will connect the UCSB community to Carrefour-Feuilles, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Port-au-Prince Haiti heavily impacted by the earthquake. Aimed at creating a structured and sustainable link between UCSB and Haiti, this project stresses the significance and contributions of local participation and grassroots efforts in development work.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate students will work closely with Professor Clitandre on an independent research or creative project on Haiti and have an opportunity to present their work at the Center for Black Studies Research. Undergraduate students will be fully involved in finding creative ways to get the UCSB students and Santa Barbara community involved in work on Haiti. Undergraduate students will engage with faculty and graduate students to develop a plan of action for rebuilding communities and recovering community histories. Students will learn how to merge education, research and practical application.

Requirements

Interest in Haiti, community development, local grassroots activism, humanitarian aid and recovery efforts; Must be creative, curious and open to learning about other cultures. For more information, contact Professor Clitandre at nclitandre@global.ucsb.edu.

Timothy Cooley

Location:
Music 1101
893-3261

Research Project

The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to surfing globally. This research builds on Cooley’s 2014 book Surfing about Music, which expands ethnomusicological thinking about the many ways musical practices are integral to human socializing, creativity, and the formation of community.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media concerning surfing culture. They will update the Surfing about Music webpage and facebook page.

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ability to create webpages a plus. 

History

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).

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Nancy Collins

Location:
Psych E 3821

Research Project

This experiment will examine the effects of relationship commitment on forgiveness behavior in romantic couples. To accomplish this goal, we will begin by priming participants with either high commitment (we will asked to write about ways in which they are connected to their partner) or low commitment (we will ask them to write about ways in which they are independent of their partner). Next, we will present them with a series of hypothetical partner transgressions (e.g., your boyfriend/girlfriend forgot your birthday).  Finally, we will measure their willingness to forgive their partner in each situation. Participants will complete the study on the computer in the Close Relationships lab in the Psychology Department. 

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will assist primarily with conducting the study sessions. This includes scheduling participants, setting up the computer lab for the study, and administering the experimental script to participants.  

Requirements

Student must be enthusiastic about research, comfortable interacting with study participants (other UCSB students), responsible and conscientious, and able to commit 6 to 9 hours a week to the project.  Student must have at least 1 quarter of prior research experience and must be at least 19 years old.

Location:
Bldg.251, Rm.3821

Research Project

Relationship Maintenance in Couples – This project will examine the ways in which romantic partners mentally represent relationship-relevant events. Partners will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and to take part in some challenging activities at the lab. They will also undergo an exercise designed to manipulate their overall mindset, shifting their focus to abstract (vs. concrete) situational features. We will measure the duration of partners’ persistence at these challenging tasks to determine the role of this manipulated mindset and other relationship qualities (e.g., commitment, satisfaction) in promoting pro-relationship behavior.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in all aspects of the project including running participants, piloting of study design, data entry, and coding of data.

Requirements

No prior research experience required. Student must be enthusiastic about research, extremely responsible and conscientious, and able to commit 6 to 9 hours a week to the project.

Location:
3821 Psychology Ea

Research Project

Social support processes couples – This project will examine the ways in which individuals interact with their romantic partners when thinking about a current personal stressor. In the first part of this study, participants will complete an online questionnaire and writing task designed to measure expressions of support need. In the second part of this study, romantic couples will come to the lab and be video-recorded discussing one partner’s current personal stressor. We will measure partners’ emotional responses to stress, as well as support seeking and provision.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in all aspects of the project including running participants, transcription, and coding language and behavioral data.

Requirements

No prior research experience required. Student must be enthusiastic about research, extremely responsible and conscientious, and able to commit 6 to 9 hours a week to the project.

Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology

Peter Collins

Location:
Bio. II, Room 2139
893-4425

Research Project

Our laboratory examines growth and life-history characteristics in nearshore marine teleost fish which can potentially be cultured as a food resource or incorporated into programs for wild stock enhancement. Our research is centered on two model fish namely a viviparous (live-bearing) species, rockfish and an oviparous (egg laying) species, cabezon. We are evaluating the dietary requirements and environmental conditions ( e.g. water temperature and oxygen concentration) necessary for optimal growth and survival in these two fish species. Our studies are aimed at establishing a comprehensive picture of developmental characteristics from birth or hatching through component phases of larval and juvenile life in fish.

Undergraduate Contribution

All students will be involved in maintaining fish broodstock and experimental populations in our marine facility. Individual students will be assigned to culturing or collecting from the wild a variety of microorganisms which comprise the complex dietary requirements of fish larvae. Dietary intake will be quantified and the efficacy of different dietary regimens will be compared by monitoring survival and growth performance. Some students will be involved in the development of experimental protocols designed to expose larval populations to different oxygen levels (hypoxia) and temperature and to evaluate the effect of these environmental parameters on fish larvae.

Requirements

Students must be reliable and adhere strictly to assigned tasks. Maintenance of vertebrate species such as fish requires daily monitoring to ensure conformance with standards established by UCSB's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Good record keeping skills are required. Development in larvae is monitored by reference to weight, linear dimensions and physical features determined by morphometric analysis by light microscopy. While we can provide in-house training in required laboratory skills, students with experience with microbalances and/or research microscopy would be highly desirable for this component of the study. Computer skills relating to data analysis are also desirable.

Music

Timothy Cooley

Location:
Music 1101
893-3261

Research Project

The goal of this project is to collect and evaluate media on music related to surfing globally. This research builds on Cooley’s 2014 book Surfing about Music, which expands ethnomusicological thinking about the many ways musical practices are integral to human socializing, creativity, and the formation of community.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will advise Cooley on current academic and popular literature and media concerning surfing culture. They will update the Surfing about Music webpage and facebook page.

Requirements

Basic research and bibliographic skills. Ability to create webpages a plus. 

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