Capstone experiences are unique opportunities for undergraduates to demonstrate their growth as scholars and citizens as a result of their UCSB education. The Office of Undergraduate Education directly sponsors the following capstone opportunities.
Integrating discovery into the college experience moves students from being consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge. The Office of Undergraduate Education supports undergraduate research in the many forms that it can take: pursuing independent projects, assisting faculty with existing research efforts, and presenting and interpreting the results of research in classroom, group, and public settings.
Faculty Research Assistance
The Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) is a gateway to undergraduate research. In it, students work on research projects designed by faculty. They gain valuable research experience, connect with leading UCSB researchers, and earn academic credit through special research courses.
Example programs from directory
Professor Patricia Fumerton, English
“English Broadside Ballad Archive, http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu. This project is devoted to mounting online facsimile images, citations, transcriptions, and recordings of broadside ballads of the seventeenth century and earlier. Broadside ballads are large sheets (hence “broad) on which are printed many illustrations, a song, and a tune title.”
“Undergraduates work alongside graduate students to create “facsimile transcriptions” (in which the student opens up a facsimile of the ballad in Photoshop and a transcription in Word, and then carefully replaces the original text of the ballad with the transcribed text, matching font size and spacing and preserving the ballad’s ornamentation). Students also help catalogue ballads and convert ballads into TEI/XML using a handy easy-to-follow program called X-Balled. Students in the process learn much about early printing techniques, popular culture, Photoshop, and text encoding.”
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award (URCA) & Transfer Student Research Award (TSRA)
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award (URCA) and Transfer Student Research Award (TSRA) provide support for undergraduate research. Grants cover expenses, supplies, and travel. To apply, students submit a summary of their research, letters of support from faculty mentors, and a full budget.
URCA and TSRA enable to participate in the full cycle of university-level research, from proposal to presentation. Grant recipients create written or oral presentations for the Undergraduate Research Colloquium, Undergraduate Slam, or Colloquium Unbound.
Sample URCA projects as presented during the Undergraduate Research Slam