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. Looking for an RA sponsor and don't know where to start? Check out this webinar recording to learn more about becoming an RA:

List of Comm graduate students recruiting RAs for Summer 2021

For more info, please see our FAQ #13: https://www.comm.ucsb.edu/undergrad/faq/comm-majors

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 COMM 194/199/199RA combined for major credit.

The following chart indicates the breakdown for the number of hours of work expected per unit.

Units Total Hours Per Quarter Hours Per Week (10-week quarter) Hours Per Week (6-week Summer Session)
1 25 2.5 ~4
2 50 5 ~8-9
3 75 7.5 ~12-13
4 100 10 ~16-17
5 125 12.5 ~20-21

Please click to go to the respective section 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 (or other majors by exception based on faculty member request)
  • Student must have 2.0 cumulative GPA

Getting Started:

Reach out to a COMM professor or graduate student to secure an RA position. Once you've secured a position, please visit https://petitions.comm.ucsb.edu/ and login using your NetID to submit a proposal to participate in COMM 99RA. The deadline to submit the proposal is typically the second week of the quarter in which you will be enrolled. After this deadline, proposals will still be accepted but students may incur a $3 late-add fee from the Registrar's Office. No proposals will be accepted after the third Friday of the quarter.


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 (or other majors by exception based on faculty member request). Exceptions will not be made for Pre-Comm majors.
  • Student must have attained upper-division standing (90+ completed units)
  • Student must have a 3.0 minimum GPA averaged across the preceding 2 quarters (not including Summer).

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.

Getting Started:

Reach out to a COMM professor or graduate student to secure an RA position. Once you've secured a position, please visit https://petitions.comm.ucsb.edu/ and login using your NetID to submit a proposal to participate in COMM 199RA. The deadline to submit the proposal is typically the second week of the quarter in which you will be enrolled. After this deadline, proposals will still be accepted but students may incur a $3 late-add fee from the Registrar's Office. No proposals will be accepted after the third Friday of the quarter.


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. Once you have established a faculty sponsor, please email commadvising@comm.ucsb.edu with the subject line COMM 199 Independent Study Proposal, and copy your faculty sponsor. Include the following in the body:

  • Full name
  • Perm
  • Number of Units
  • Proposal Statement detailing the work you will be completing over the course of the quarter. The proposal will serve as a mini-syllabus or contract. It should be completed with the professor with whom you will be working. Proposals should clearly outline what you will be doing and how it applies to your major in Communication. Proposals should denote the academic and research components of the project and how you will be graded. You should refer back to this throughout the quarter.

The deadline to submit the proposal is typically the second week of the quarter in which you will be enrolled. After this deadline, proposals will still be accepted but students may incur a $3 late-add fee from the Registrar's Office. No proposals will be accepted after the third Friday of the quarter.