Camarillo, Calif., June 10, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will hold a presentation and awards ceremony for students participating in the Project ACCESO Summer Research Institute on Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Petit Salon.  The event is the culmination of a three-week summer research program that pairs students from CI, Oxnard College, Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College with CI faculty members to conduct intensive research in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

Thirty-five students engaged in 14 separate projects will present posters sharing the findings of their research in the Summer Research Institute.  The projects include:

  • Inventories of shorebirds and macro invertebrate fauna on Santa Rosa Island
  • Investigating the geomorphology of sandy beaches and creating beach profiles
  • Robotic exploration of electrosensory space
  • Computer implementation of winning strategies for NIM games
  • Exploring self-assembled, high dielectric thin films for flexible electronics
  • Developing algorithms for/and counting lambda shape number sequences
  • Diversity and dispersal of microalgae on the Southern California coast
  • Modeling gray whale count data
  • Comparing mainland beaches in Ventura County with those on Santa Rosa Island
  • Rheb2 mutants and mTOR signaling
  • Phi-analysis of CusF: Alanine-scanning mutagenesis to reveal the folding transition state

Awards will be presented to all of the research assistants and several special recognition and appreciation awards will be announced.

Now in its fifth year, the Project ACCESO Summer Research Institute aims to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students interested in seeking degrees in the STEM disciplines and help them develop the critical skills necessary for success.  The Summer Research Institute is open to students from CI and its regional community colleges. 

Project ACCESO is funded by the Department of Education through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) grant program.  CI is using the nearly $6 million grant to increase the number of underserved students who are succeeding in and graduating from STEM majors, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in STEM, and developing critical STEM skill sets, such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, scientific literacy, and interdisciplinary communication.  

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

The event is sponsored by CI Academic Affairs, Arts & Sciences and Project ACCESO.  For more information, contact Connie Baker at 805-437-3599 or

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