Research Opportunities: Comm 99, 199RA, and 199

Students within the Communication department have a number of opportunities to get involved with research, either by assisting faculty and graduate students, or conducting their own independent research with the guidance of a faculty sponsor.  

Students are limited to 5 units per quarter, 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199RA courses combined and 12 units total in all of 194/199/199RA combined.

Please see below for information, requirements, and enrollment procedures for each of the following opportunities.

Comm 99RA – Undergraduate Research Assistant (for Comm & Pre-Comm)

Comm 199RA – Undergraduate Research Assistant (for Comm)

Comm 199 – Independent Studies (for Comm)


 

Comm 99RA – Undergraduate Research Assistant (for Comm & Pre-Comm)

Comm 99RA provides an opportunity for declared Pre-Comm and Comm students to work closely with a professor or graduate students on a research project. Interested students should review the following requirements and procedures before pursuing this opportunity. This course can only be taken for P/NP and therefore will not count toward a student’s pre-major or major GPA. Students can sign up for 1-5 units based on their contract with sponsoring faculty (25 hours of work over the course of the quarter = 1unit). Do not commit to working with and/or start the project without full approval and an add code so you can register for the course.

Prerequisites:

  • Student must be declared as a Pre-Comm or Comm major
  • Student must have completed at least one course in the UCSB Dept. of Communication (upper division or lower division)
  • Student must have 2.0 cumulative GPA

Enrollment Procedure:

1. Stop by the Communication Undergraduate advising Office, SSMS 4005, to get verification of academic eligibility. Please do this prior to committing yourself as a research assistant. If you do not qualify, you will not be issued an add code.

2. Fill out the Communication Research Assistant Proposal Form (PDF), complete a statement/proposal detailing the work you will be completing over the course of the quarter, and attach it to this form. Once completed and approved, the proposal will serve as a mini-syllabus or contract. It should be completed with the professor with whom you will be working. Make a copy of the proposal for yourself so you can refer back to it throughout the quarter. Proposals should explain exactly what you will be doing and how it applies to your major in Communication. Proposals should clearly describe the academic and research components of the project.

3. Obtain signature from your faculty sponsor. Note: Graduate student signatures will not suffice.

4. Return the completed proposal to the Communication Undergraduate Advising Office to obtain Department Chair approval. Proposals are due by the second Wednesday of the quarter. Once your proposal is approved, an add code will be emailed to you so that you can officially enroll on GOLD.


 

Comm 199RA – Undergraduate Research Assistant (for Comm)

Comm 199RA provides an opportunity for advanced students in the upper-division Communication major to work closely with a professor or graduate students on a research project. Interested students should review the following requirements and procedures before pursuing this opportunity. Students can sign up for 1-5 units based on their contract with sponsoring faculty (25 hours of work over the course of the quarter = 1unit). Do not commit to working with and/or start the project without full approval and an add code so you can register for the course.

Prerequisites:

  • Student must be declared as an upper-division Communication major
  • Student must have attained upper-division standing (90 completed units)
  • Student must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA for the preceding two quarters at UCSB (during the regular academic year – no summer GPAs will be considered). Note: This is not a cumulative GPA, nor an average between the two quarters.

Note: The Undergraduate Advising Office will not make exceptions for students who do not meet all of the prerequisites to enroll in Comm 199RA. Students that do not meet the prerequisites for Comm 199RA may still qualify to participate in undergraduate research by enrolling in Comm 99RA.

Enrollment Procedure:

1. Stop by the Communication Undergraduate advising Office, SSMS 4005, to get verification of academic eligibility. Please do this prior to committing yourself as a research assistant. If you do not qualify, you will not be issued an add code.

2. Fill out the Communication Research Assistant Proposal Form (PDF), complete a statement/proposal detailing the work you will be completing over the course of the quarter, and attach it to this form. Once completed and approved, the proposal will serve as a mini-syllabus or contract. It should be completed with the professor with whom you will be working. Make a copy of the proposal for yourself so you can refer back to it throughout the quarter. Proposals should explain exactly what you will be doing and how it applies to your major in Communication. Proposals should clearly describe the academic and research components of the project.

3. Obtain signature from your faculty sponsor. Note: Graduate student signatures will not suffice.

4. Return the completed proposal to the Communication Undergraduate Advising Office to obtain Department Chair approval. Proposals are due by the second Wednesday of the quarter. Once your proposal is approved, an add code will be emailed to you so that you can officially enroll on GOLD.


 

Comm 199 – Independent Studies (for Comm)

Comm 199 provides an opportunity for advanced students in the upper-division Communication major to work on an independent academic project under the guidance of a Communication professor. Interested students should review the following requirements and procedures before pursuing this opportunity. Do not start the project without full approval and an add code so you can register for the course.

Prerequisites:

  • Student must be declared as an upper-division Communication major
  • Student must have attained upper-division standing (90 completed units)
  • Student must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA for the preceding two quarters at UCSB (during the regular academic year – no summer GPAs will be considered). Note: This is not a cumulative GPA, nor an average between the two quarters.
  • Student must have obtained permission of a professor to sponsor their work (and completed any preparatory coursework).

Please contact a professor you would like to advise you on this project and the Undergraduate Advising Office for more information. The enrollment procedure for Comm 199 parallels that of Comm 199RA.

Comm 199 Proposal Form