Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program-2 (MSEIP-2)

The MSEIP-2 program offers a hands-on summer research experience for CSUB STEM majors. Selected participants will take part in a four week research project over the summer (dates vary by project) and can earn a stipend!


MSEIP-2 is open to:

  • Declared STEM major freshman, sophomore, or transfer student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Must be finished with 1st year of majors courses by May 2017


Biology - Dr. Lauer

Program dates: May 22 - June 16

Abstract: Coccidioides immitis, the causative agent of coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) in California is established in areas of the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. Incidence of the disease is increasing due to soil disturbance and climate change. However, the distribution of the pathogen is spotty due to yet unknown reasons. The aim of this project is therefore to further elucidate the ecology of C. immitis in anticipation of generating a map that can predict strong growth sites of this pathogen in California. Soil and dust samples have been collected from the Bakersfield area and surroundings, as well as from areas around Lemoore Naval Air Station, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park and Edwards Airforce Base. In this project, we will first extract DNA from all soil samples and then apply a nested Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to detect the pathogen. The PCR procedure will include two diagnostic PCRs that target different areas of the fungus’ ribosomal gene. In addition, we will characterize the soils fungal, bacterial and archaeal community via DNA extraction, PCR, Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE). Samples of interest will be cloned using the TOPO XL cloning kit and individual clones will be sequenced to identify dominant members of the microbial community. If time permits, we will also include RNA extraction to determine the most active members of the fungal community. Furthermore, we will determine the pH of all samples and obtain additional information about soil physical and chemical parameters of our sampling sites from the USDA websoil survey database.

Geological Sciences - Dr. Miller

Program dates: June 22-25, July 17 - August 3

Abstract: Conglomerates deposited by rivers along the margins of basins contain a wealth of information about the landscape and drainage patterns of the past. The LACE PBBLE project is a comprehensive regional survey of late Cretaceous-Cenozoic conglomerates in southern California. The goal is to reconstruct drainage patterns, basin geometry, and landscape evolution based on distribution, geometry,pebble composition, and paleocurrents of fluvial conglomerates. In 2015-2016, over 30 undergraduates sampled conglomerates in the southeast San Joaquin Valley, southern Sierra Nevada, and Mojave Desert. We developed tools and statistical techniques that enabled us to discriminate the source of regionally extensive conglomerates. Results were presented at the Geological Society of America national meeting in 2016. Previous studies of the source of clastic sediment in southeastern San Joaquin Basin (SSJB) oil and groundwater reservoirs emphasized the importance of locally derived plutonic sediment from the Sierra Nevada. Our study identified extraregional sources for some SSJB reservoirs based on conglomerate compositions that were derived from non-plutonic rocks in eastern California and beyond. We identified several river systems with statistically unique sediment compositions that drained southern California in the late Cretaceous-Cenozoic. These river systems have been offset by faults of the San Andreas and Garlock fault systems and thus provide independent tests for kinematic models of fault movement. To test models of fault movement, paleodrainage evolution, provenance, and basin formation we will sample additional late Cretaceous-Quaternary fluvial conglomerate outcrops in a 100,000 sq km area in southern California. We have opportunities for field, lab, computer database, and GIS work. Dates are flexible and we can work around summer work schedules.

Computer and Electrical Engineering – Dr. Vikilian

Program dates: June 12 - July 7

Abstract: Internet of things (IoT) Based Air Pollution Monitoring System monitors the Air Quality over a webserver using internet and triggers an alarm when the air quality goes down beyond a certain level, means when there is sufficient amount of harmful gases are present in the air like CO2 and smoke. During 2017 MSEIP summer program, student will build an IoT based air pollution monitoring system by using the ARDUINO microcontroller. Learning how microcontrollers work goes beyond what is taught in the classroom and is fundamental to many types of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) research. The goal of the proposed project is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills that would not be taught in a classroom but are necessary for future work in STEM fields. This project helps students to gain hands-on experiences that opens up more opportunities for them in the future. Through this summer program, the students will be exposed to circuit design, a programming language, and both hardware and software troubleshooting. These are all skills which are useful in many aspects of scientific careers.

Computer Science - Dr. Wang

Program dates: July 10 - August 3

Abstract: Java is the most popular programming language used in software developments, and it is closely related to other C/C++, C# programming. The advanced programing knowledge such as multi-threading & synchronization, pipelining, sockets, Graphical User Interfaces, and database systems will allow you to develop software/programs for any businesses and running on traditional computers, hand-held devices and embedded computer systems. Java laid out the foundation for the basic and advanced programming skills. In this 4-week program, we will review C++ OOP features, introduce the basics and OOP of Java, and compare C++ and Java. To get familiar with coding in Java, we start with coding in some sorting and searching algorithms, and linked list structures. To be able to design and development real-world software applications, we will study and explore more advanced programming concepts and skills including multithreading & synchronization, pipelining, network-programing. Based on those skills, we will design and implement real-life applications including chat-room, live talk. We also explore (Android) hand-held device, and database programming.

How to apply

The completed application consists of:


Deadline for applications is
March 30, 2017

Submit completed applications to:

NSME Student Center (SCI I, 116)
Attention: MSEIP-2
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022