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.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Emily Jacobs

Location:
3818 Psychology East

Research Project

Our lab investigates the role of hormones in learning and memory. We use a combination of behavioral measures, neuroimaging, neuroendocrine and genetic assessments. Current projects include understanding how reproductive aging (i.e. menopause) shapes brain function in midlife women, and the impact of oral contraceptives on brain structure/function.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in preparing study materials, running participants, and assisting with data analysis.

Requirements

Undergraduates with a strong background in cognitive psychology, biological psychiatry, neuroscience, and/or programming (particularly Matlab) are encouraged to apply. The lab seeks students who are passionate about neuroscience and want to gain hands-on research experience. Familiarity with computer programming is preferred, but not required.

Major: Coursework in the sciences

GPA: 3.0 or higher

Students are asked to commit 8-10 hours/week to research activities

Physics

Andrew Jayich

Website:
Location:
Broida 4123
(805) 893-5456

Research Project

We are setting up a strontium ion trap to study ultracold chemistry and to perform readout and control of molecular ions.

Undergraduate Contribution

There are many ways to contribute, here is a list of some of the major contribution activities: building up lab infrastructure, building laser systems, fiber coupling light, theoretical analysis and simulation of atoms in ion traps, various electronics projects, taking and analyzing data, setting up computer control systems, writing code to control equipment.

Requirements

It is highly encouraged that applicants are physics majors with the intent of applying to physics graduate programs.

Counseling Clinical and School Psychology

Shane Jimerson

Location:
Education 2119

Research Project

The Power of Play project focuses on the utility of specific playground strategies targeted to facilitate pro-social play activities and the development of conflict resolution and problem solving skills among elementary-aged children. Dr. Jimerson is looking for Research Assistants who can optimally commit for the Fall, Winter, and Spring (or those beginning mid year who may continue the remainder of the current year and the following year). Research Assistants enroll in CNCSP 199RA or the CNCSP 197 seminar to obtain course credit for their participation each quarter (depending upon your availability between 1-4 credits, 3hrs per credit). Responsibilities include; A) participating in weekly team meetings, B) playing with children (grades 1-3) during recess, C) reviewing relevant literature.

Undergraduate Contribution

Responsibilities include; A) participating in weekly team meetings, B) playing with children (grades k-6) during recess, C) reviewing relevant literature.

Requirements

If you are interested in contributing to Dr. Jimerson’s research team, please e-mail responses to the questions below to Cecile Binmoeller (cbinmoeller@education.ucsb.edu) and cc: Dr. Jimerson (Jimerson@education.ucsb.edu).

  • NAME:
  • E-mail Address:
  • 1) Expected date of graduation?
  • 2) Major and Overall UC GPA?
  • 3) Future plans: Graduate school or otherwise?
  • 4) Future plans: Career?
  • 5) Of all the volunteers, why are you an optimal candidate

Maryam Kia-Keating

Location:
Education 2115

Research Project

Photovoice Research Project: Seeking students as undergraduate Research Assistants to work for two quarters with a UCSB clinical psychology faculty member on a Photovoice project at San Marcos High School (SMHS). The program will take place Monday through Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. in the photography class at SMHS.

Undergraduate Contribution

Students will participate in two photography classes each week, as well as receive weekly supervision.

Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: a 2-quarter commitment and bilingual speakers are preferred. If interested please fill out the SURVEY (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HYPC37W) and CONTACT Diana Capous at dcapous@education.ucsb.edu to set up an interview.

Geography

Charles Jones

Location:
Ellison Hall 6810
(805) 893-5824

Research Project

Two research projects are available for undergraduate students.

1) Climate change in South America The monsoon in South America is the main climatic feature in the continent with significant influence in the distribution of precipitation and temperature. This project use a regional climate model to understand how warming in the continent has affected the variability of the monsoon in South America. The low-level jet on the eastern slopes of the Andes plays a crucial role in transporting moisture and generating storms and precipitation. The regional model is being used to understand how climate change is affecting the dynamics of the low-level jet

2) Regional model simulations in southern California A regional model is being used to simulate several types of weather phenomena in the Santa Barbara such as the marine layer, fog and Sundowner winds. Simulations with the regional model need to be validated against observations from meteorological stations and moored buoys in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Undergraduate Contribution

In both projects students will download data from the internet, perform quality control checks and format the data for comparison with model simulations. Student will additionally perform statistical analyses to quantify model errors.

Requirements

Motivation and desire to learn are the first requirements. Programming skills are needed. Computer and programming skills are needed. Computer experience is necessary especially with programming (e.g., fortran, matlab, python or IDL).

Location:
6810 Ellison Hall

Research Project

Research project includes analysis of extreme precipitation events in the Santa Barbara area and how they impact the hydrological cycle and landscape. We are interested in students to help in preparing and analyzing time series of precipitation from local stations.

Undergraduate Contribution

Downloading and preparing time series of precipitation from several rain gauges.

Requirements

Computer skills is needed especially knowledge of spread sheet software (e.g., MS Excel). Knowledge of programming (e.g., fortran, matlab, IDL) is highly desired.

English

Melody Jue

Location:
SH 2704

Research Project

My project is about developing a theory of media specific to the ocean environment. I look at key terms in media theory--information, database, inscription, interface--and look at how our understanding of them necessarily changes in the representations of the ocean (science fiction, film, and digital media). As a part of the project, I want to develop a digital archive of ocean science fiction for future scholars.

Undergraduate Contribution

Student researchers will compile an annotated bibliography of ocean-related science fiction novels, short stories, film, games, and digital media. 

Requirements

Student(s) should be organized, reliable, curious, and be adept at using search engines/databases and finding obscure material!

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kalju Kahn

Location:
PSB-N 2619
805-893-6157

Research Project

Development and testing of biochemistry experiments for undergraduate laboratory courses.

Undergraduate Contribution

Evaluation and optimization of lab procedures, clarification regarding lab instructions.

Requirements

A student should have completed the biochemistry lab series at UCSB with grade B or better. Attention to detail, ability to troubleshoot, and work with literature is expected.

Political Science

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.

Earth Science

Ed Keller

Location:
Webb 1109

Research Project

The purpose of the proposed research is to quantify the extent of coastal change in beaches and sea cliffs as a result of both the expected El Niño storms during the winter of 2015-2016 and the rise in sea level as a result of El Niño. We are using a specialized remote sensing technology called terrestrial LiDAR (light detecting and ranging) to scan 9 locations along the coast of Santa Barbara (including UCSB) before, during, and after El Niño. We will use the terrestrial LiDAR scans to create 3D models of the beaches and seacliffs which we will then be able to use to make comparisons and use differencing techniques to calculate the amount of erosion that has taken place from each large El Niño storm. The data will then be used to create tools, maps, and models to inform coastal agencies on adaptive management solutions to coastal erosion and sea-level rise.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate students that are part of this project and will assist in the collection, processing, and interpretation of terrestrial LiDAR data. Students will also learn about the principles of coastal change and techniques used to determine the ages of the sea cliffs by assisting in working with storm data, measuring rock strength, and collecting and prepping radio-carbon samples. Students may be involved in public outreach at the university and surrounding schools in the Santa Barbara area. The opportunity provided to collect field data, work with real data, and talk to the community will provide valuable experience for future endeavors. Undergraduates from the Earth and Environmental Science programs as well as Geography and the Bren School will be working closely with graduate students on this project. By involving students in several disciplines, we will be providing valuable experience for STEM students.

Requirements

Students best suited for this project will be working towards a degree in Geography, Earth, Environmental, or Marine Sciences, have taken math up to calculus, and have completed at least two of their upper division courses. 
 
Knowledge in remote sensing, GIS, coastal processes, and geology is desirable, but not required. 

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