Research Opportunities

Gretler Fellows

The Gretler Fellows program pairs undergraduate students interested in research with faculty members who have a need for a research assistant on a specific project. This is a competitive application process. Individuals chosen as Gretler Fellows will perform research with their Professor approximately 10 hours per week. Students will earn a ​competitive stipend, but will not be eligible to receive units.

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The College of Letters & Science Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)

The Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) allows undergraduates to gain valuable research experience, work with leading UCSB researchers, and simultaneously earn academic credit through special research assistance courses, 99/99RA or 199/199RA.

If you are interested in FRAP, please visit the directory. This directory provides information about current research projects, the faculty and senior researchers conducting the research, and the academic or other preparation necessary to participate in the projects.


Data Hack: Data Science Boot Camp and Competition

The UCSB Department of Economics recognizes the growing need for proficiency in data analytics in the workforce and for undergraduates to be able to participate in research. To supplement students’ coursework, the Department has decided to host the first ever Data Hack 2018: Data Analytics Boot Camp & Hackathon.

Students will…

  • Learn to work with data in programming language R
  • Build their resumes with a desirable and applicable skillset
  • Prepare for research opportunities with professors
  • Apply the skills learned in a competition with cash prizes


  • Must be in either the Economics or Economics & Accounting majors
  • Must have ​completed ECON 140A
  • Must complete Boot Camp in order to participate in competition

Applications for 2018 are currently closed.

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