US Department of Education – CSUB/BC Summer Course & Research for STEM (Title V) Program

This program offers a research program in science and engineering for freshmen and sophomores. Selected participants will take part in a two-week program over the summer and earn a $750 stipend.

Program dates: July 9, 2018 – July 19, 2018


This program is open to freshmen and sophomores majoring in science or engineering.


Dr. Danielle Solano

Abstract: The goal of this project is to improve the organic chemistry curriculum by modifying existing labs to incorporate polymer science and introduce the principles of green chemistry. Specific examples include evaluating the use of the polymer Nafion as a safer catalyst for the Fischer esterification reaction and synthesis of a sustainable block copolymer from δ-decalactone and L-Lactide.

Dr. Karim Salehpoor

Abstract: At the early stages of producing oil from a reservoir, oil flows toward the production well by its own pressure.  However, as oil production continues, pressure in the reservoir may decline to a limit that is not sufficient for oil to flow towards the production wells anymore.  At this stage of life of a reservoir, there is a still a significant amount of oil left in the reservoir.  Water-Flooding is injection of water into a depleted oil reservoir to mobilize the remaining oil towards the production wells.  Existence of a high-permeability layer in the formation may result in the injected water to flow within the high-permeability layer, thus leaving oil in the nearby low-permeability layers untouched. Participants will collaborate in a hands-on project to design and build a set up and run tests to demonstrate the effect of the existence of high-permeability layers on flow of injected water in the formation. 

Dr. Travis Moore

Abstract: I would like to perform experimental measurements on various 3D-printed materials to determine the effects of print properties (infill percentage, infill shape, print resolution, etc.) on the thermal conductivity of the printed material. This will include learning how to make a basic 3D model of a test sample, using a 3D printer to print the samples, performing experiments to measure the thermal conductivity, and analyzing and interpreting the data (uncertainty analysis, confidence intervals, etc.).

Dr. Krishna Prasai

Abstract: We have a set of comprehensive apparatus of heat experiments which will be used for all measurements. This apparatus is well equipped with a control unit with PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) control system and multiple display units for different parameters such as temperature, pressure, voltage, and current with high-precision timing units. We will use this apparatus to perform the following measurements at room temperature: Heat conductive coefficient of poor conductor; Heat conductive coefficient of air; Heat conductive coefficient of metals (good conductors); Specific heat capacity of metals; Linear expansion coefficient of metals.

Dr. Saeed Jafarzadeh

Abstract: Have you noticed the recent trend where manufacturers try to make every gadget and gizmo “smart”? That is possible through what we call Embedded Systems. A great application for integrating such intelligence is in energy consumption. In this program, you will learn some basic tools that help you explore embedded systems further on your own. You will also learn about some applications of embedded systems in the energy industry. We will use Raspberry Pi as a platform for implementing Artificial Intelligence. The summer program is designed to offer a fun environment to the participating students, while affording a great educational experience. If you plan to join this program, prepare to learn a lot and enjoy a new dimension of your creativity. What you will learn in this program can be creatively used for many applications. Within the technology industry, electronics and computing are the most influential fields where many successful college graduates started working and realized their great ideas. So, this can be your chance for opening a window to further opportunities.

How to apply

The completed application consists of:


Deadline for application is
Extended to May 10, 2018!

Submit completed applications to:

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