FRAP- Faculty Research Assistance Program
FRAP is a program conducted by UCSB to allow undergraduates an opportunity to work with faculty members. Obtaining an internship is usually simple, and students can acquire experience and units for their work.
acquiring a position
Visit the FRAP website here. The FRAP websites list various areas of research. Pick your preferred area of research and you'll find a list of professors and their various needs. Pick one that suits your interests/ abilities.
email the professor
Email the professor as you would email a potential employer- keep it professional and be sure to include samples of your work as the situation dictates or even your resume.
Perhaps that sounds a bit scarier than it actually is. Talking directly to the professor is an incredibly effective tactic, especially if you know that professor. Here are some tips.
- take it slow- don't ask for a position during your very first meeting. Introduce yourself during the first meeting
- the time comes- you can make your move as early as the second meeting. Ask them about their research and inquire if they need assistance
- improving your chances- if it is an upper division class with no TA, impress them with your work, eg score extremely well on an essay. It leaves a positive impression
- sell your abilities- prove to them that you're capable, but also be honest and direct. Be frank about your own limitation.
benefits of research assistance
- compensation- get units for working with a professor, great for quarters where you need just a few more units to keep up progress
- two birds, one stone- get to know a professor well, which leaves the opportunity to acquire a recommendation when the time comes
- flexibility- work your own hours, and often you get to work from home
- three birds, one stone- if you are in the honors program, a FRAP position counts as an honors experience!