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


Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - Dr. Reza Abdolee and Dr. Saeed Jafarzadeh

Program dates: May 21 – June 14

Abstract: Have you noticed the recent trend where manufacturers try to make every gadget and gizmo “smart”? That is possible through what we technically call Embedded Systems. Once you learn about it, you can be creative and transform everything you are dealing with on a daily basis. That’s what this program is all about. In the course of this program, you will learn about software development, hardware design, electronics, microcontrollers, dynamics, user interface design, and a lot more. There are two rules to this summer program. First, you will build everything from scratch. Second, you will have fun doing it. 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 on almost any application. But more importantly, the invaluable skillset you obtain in the program will help you for many years, both in your personal and professional life. In fact, these skills have the potential to help in creating and enhancing businesses. Within the technology industry, electronics and computing are the most influential fields where many successful entrepreneurs started working and realized their great ideas. With all the recent advances in the industry, we can truly say that the sky is the limit!

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - Dr. Albert Cruz

Program dates: June 11 – July 6

Abstract: We will develop a system that enables effective and fast identification of plant species automatically by computer vision algorithms. The students will develop a practical hardware-based system on Raspberry Pi that enables individuals—who are not required to be an expert at identifying plant species—to take photos of a plant with a hand held Raspberry Pi and have it processed remotely through the cloud by a deep learning system. Early topics in the program will cover image processing, and collecting leaf clipping data on campus. By the middle of the project, students will use deep learning to automatically identify plant species. Specifically, students will learn about client server-interaction so that images are processed remotely by the PIs research server. In last phase of the project, the students will work on real data of Vitus vinifera L. and Olea europea L. that was gathered in collaboration with the UC Cooperative Extension Kern county (UCCE) and the Univ. of Salento.

Geological Sciences - Dr. David Miller

Program dates: May 17- May 24 and June 15 -July 3

Abstract:  In California landscapes change fast. Mountains rise and fall. Valleys subside and fill up with sediment in the twinkling of an eye geologically speaking. The mountains we see around us today in the San Joaquin Valley were at the bottom of river valleys in the recent geologic past. The present drainages are relatively young features. We know that ancient rivers meandered across this landscape in the past because they left behind deposits of river gravels, called conglomerates, that are preserved in scattered remnants around southern California. In 2016 and 2017, over two dozen undergraduate students sampled Mesozoic - Cenozoic conglomerates in the southeast San Joaquin Valley, southern Sierra Nevada, and Mojave Desert in order to find the source and reconstruct the drainage basins of ancient river systems in southern California. Results help us understand landscape evolution, groundwater and hydrocarbon reservoirs, and fault movement over the last 100 million years. We presented results at the Geological Society of America National Meetings in 2016 and 2017. This year we hope to complete sampling of conglomerates on Tejon Ranch and the Coast Ranges, begin heavy mineral analysis of sediments, and perform GIS and database analysis. We have tasks in field, lab, computer, and digital media work available.

Mathematics - Dr. Prosper Torsu

Program dates: June 4 – June 29

Abstract: Application of computational mathematics in areas of science and engineering plays an important role in developing novel innovations to meet the growing demands of technology. In fact, numerical methods are the backbone of most computer simulations especially in the oil industry, aerospace engineering, weather forecast and so on. This research program serves as an introduction to numerical methods for differential equations. The project aims at developing and implementing algorithms to solve boundary-value problems. During the 4-week research, participants will learn how to describe some physical phenomena using differential equations and develop numerical algorithms to solve such differential equations. Students will be introduced to writing codes in Matlab and implementing algorithms developed during the course of the program.

How to apply

The completed application consists of:


Deadline for applications is
April 3, 2018

Submit completed applications to:

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