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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.
"Analysis in almost Abelian homogeneous spaces"
Almost Abelian groups form a class of 1-step solvable Lie groups generalizing many properties of the 3-dimensional Heisenberg group. As the Heisenberg group itself (and even more so), these groups together with their homogeneous spaces are well suited for development of new, non-commutative methods of analysis. The following are parts of this large project:
* Classification of algebraic, geometrical and topological properties of these spaces
* Explicit description of invariant geometrical structures, including geometric PDEs
* Explicit unitary representation theory and harmonic and Fourier analysis in these spaces The 3-dimensional representatives of this class play an important role in mathematical cosmology.
This project is in collaboration with Zhirayr Avetisyan 6515 South Hall, Department of Mathematics email@example.com
Explicit faithful matrix representations for all almost Abelian groups can be found. This makes all derivations on these spaces completely explicit. All PDEs in question can be solved by a judicious separation of special variables. This makes the present project technically amenable to undergraduate students, who can learn advanced mathematically concepts by working on explicitly given examples.
Strictly speaking, a student doesn't need to have attended a course X in order to have some background in X. Therefore, instead of listing course prerequisites, I will list subject prerequisites.
Upper division level linear algebra and matrix theory, including canonical forms and spectral theory
Upper division level real analysis and analysis in normed vector spaces
Basics of differential geometry and Lie theory
The project explores the effects of skin color in politics.
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.
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.
The project explores the differences in the experience of corruption across different economic strata in South Asia.
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.
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.
The FRAP researcher will work with the instructor to conduct research on introductory environmental studies courses at other universities to support an effort to redesign the ES introductory course series (ES 1,2,3). The FRAP intern will conduct web research, request relevant materials, and organize and analyze these materials. The FRAP intern will also assist the instructor in conducting interviews and focus groups with faculty, students, and staff to better understand how a redesigned course series can better serve these constituent communities.
See above. Essential!
Scientists and conservationists have long viewed cities as the antithesis of nature, and as destroyers of wildlife habitat. Over the past two decades, however, wild animals have appeared in American cities and in cities throughout the highly developed world in numbers not seen for generations. Urban ecosystems are some of the most dynamic and interesting spaces for understanding ecological change in the Anthropocene, but our understanding of these systems remains in its infancy. We know remarkably little about how wild animals travel, breed, consume resources, establish territory, and use the built environment in urban spaces. We know even less about how such animals interact with humans, or what people think about them. This project aims to produce the first major book to explore the history of wildlife in American cities designed to reach a broad audience.
FRAP undergraduate assistants will assist in the creation of a bibliography and database of source materials on the history of wildlife in American cities.
Successful applicants must have excellent reading comprehension and writing skills.
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Aline Alves Ferreira
My laboratory (Bilingualism, Translation and Cognition Laboratory) has been created and I am developing an experimental design for a new data collection, divided in Part 1 and Part 2:
Part 1: Data will be collected in my lab. Participants are our language students (heritage speakers or speakers of Spanish as an L2) who received excellent training from our professors, instructors, and TA’s. However, those participants have different levels of proficiency, and often have to do translation and interpreting within their own communities without any prior specific training. There is a long way between being bilingual and being able to produce good quality written translations and provide good oral interpreting services - after developing translation competence. The development of awareness and familiarity with the nature and structure of specific problems and problem solving skills can be developed as a result of knowledge accumulation. It includes ongoing pattern learning, resulting in the recognition, representation, and storage of meta-knowledge. In order to become a translation expert, one has to know translation and all of its sub-competences better and at deeper levels than anyone else.
Part 2: Data will be collected in my lab (whenever is possible) and also at the translators’ office. As it is extremely difficult for translators to leave their work place to carry out a translation in experimental conditions, I am planning to go to the translators’ offices and conduct the study in an environment that is well known for the participants, without extreme interference on the ecological validity of the experiment. Those participants are professional translators and already have developed competence in translation; however, they are constantly challenged by their daily tasks resulting in an ongoing pattern leaning in a different way (in comparison to students).
It seems primordial to understand better our students’ and professional profiles, as each individual presents different linguistic characteristics that have to be investigated before the translation/interpreting training. I hope that the training will result in better prepared community interpreters and translators for our community. In order to improve the practice of translation, students’ individual characteristics should be investigated. A comparison with a professional group will be carried out. Results should indicate in which direction our programs could go in order to better answer to our students’ needs. Better professionals, in consequence, are beneficial to our community.
This study aims at investigating how translation competence is acquired in our context (students from UCSB, commonly Spanish heritage speakers, English dominant speakers), based on a detailed analysis of each student’s language skills, background, and performance. For instance, proficiency in both languages must be evaluated, along with student’s language and cultural dominance. Each of those variables plays a different role in the development of the translation competence and its sub-competences (e.g., linguistic, cultural, textual, subject, research, and transfer competence). In this sense, the proposed research aims at investigating the development of the bilingual sub-competences and how they are related to the translation performance into both languages (first language and second language). The study will also investigate patterns in professional translation’ behavior when carrying out translation tasks from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English. The same variables (language skills, background, and performance) will be analyzed.
Different types of materials will be used to collect data about the translation process and product, as well the participants’ bilingual characteristics. The results will be triangulated. Research Assistants will help me to analyze the data in the laboratory (linguistics), and possibly co-author a study with me.
SPAN100 or SPAN594F
Candidate must feel comfortable using computers and confident in their ability to learn any new programs quickly (including R and/or SPSS)
As part of my lecture course HIST 105CW (Science and Technology in the Cold War) I am researching the history of UCSB and the ways in which UCSB was, and ways it was not, a typical "Cold War university." Topics of interest include, but not are limited to, the history of ARPANET and computing at UCSB, Black students' takeover of the North Hall and the beginning of the Black Studies Department, the beginning of Environmental Studies department, and the students' political engagement on campus and beyond in the years 1968-9.
The student assistant(s) will search the archival materials at UCSB Special Collections under my guidance and make copies of relevant materials.
History major. Ideally, the student will have to take HIST 105CW either simultaneously with his/her research assistance or prior to it.
There are several research projects under development or in full progress, each designed to make visible and potentially transform K-12 instructional and assessment literacy models and practices. Such projects include the study of innovative, after-school programs that emphasize environmental awareness and community-based literacies, school-based, dialogic reading experiences with diverse children's literature, and transforming K-12 literacy assessments for a multilingual, multicultural student population.
Research opportunities for undergraduate students may include data collection, conducting interviews, transcription, analyses of transcribed and other recorded data sources, with the potential for co-authorship.
For each opportunity, we are looking for undergraduate students in good academic standing to work as research assistants (RAs) for either course credit or hourly pay, depending on time of application and expertise of the applicant.
The Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES) program aims to create engineering and science design experiences that engage undergraduate students to Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers and personnel. This program is an opportunity for veterans, underrepresented community college (CC) and university undergraduate students who major in STEM-related subjects and wish to pursue a civil career in the Navy, to participate in an 8-week immersive experience, where teams of students compete in finding the most innovative and effective design solutions to real-world Naval engineering and science design projects. We are currently in the first iteration of this program and are engaged in research and analysis of all collected data.
We are currently searching for students who can support data organization of program materials and transcription. Students will have opportunities to engage in preliminary analysis and interpretation.
Second to fourth year standing. 3.0 GPA or higher. Interested in educational research, STEM learning in higher ed contexts, or video transcription/analysis.
Mathematical modeling and computational simulation of problems arising in fluid mechanics, soft materials, and biophysics. See the research website for more details at http://www.atzberger.org/
Mathematical modeling and computational simulation work in collaboration with research members. Development of models, implementation of numerical methods, and performance of simulation studies. Present results in workshops and group meetings.
Some experience with programming would be helpful, but not strictly required. Overall, a strong motivation and enthusiasm to use mathematical approaches to tackle problems arising in the sciences and engineering.