Applications for the BUILD 2018/2019 program are closed and will reopen in November of the Fall semester and close in March of the Spring semester. Students will take part in face-to-face interviews in late March to early April, be notified of their acceptance status in April and start the program in June (Scholars/Fellows) or July (Associates). Information Sessions detailing the program are held periodically November through February. Visit the Information Session page for upcoming Info Session dates. Please fill out our interest form at the button below so we can keep you up-to-date on upcoming information sessions and application deadlines.
So we can let you know about key dates and deadlines for the information sessions and applications.
Application Process Timeline
Below is a general timeline of CSULB BUILD recruiting activities so you can put a reminder on your calendar. The application period for 2019/2020 will open in November 2018 and end March 2019.
- November: Applications Open | Fall Information Sessions
- February: Spring Information Sessions
- March: Applications Due | Scholar Interviews (Before Spring Break)
- April: Associate Interviews (After Spring Break)
- May: Selection Notices
- June: BUILD Scholar and Fellows Programs Begin
- July: BUILD Associates Program Begins
Informational Sessions about the program are often scheduled in November and February each year. If you are unable to make it to one of them, the basic information presented is available for download.
- Download the Info Session Fact Sheet. (Word Doc)
Who can apply?
If you are interested in a career and advanced degrees in health-related research and have at least one year (Fellows), two years (Scholars) or three years (Associates) left before completing your undergraduate degree, you can apply for the CSULB BUILD program. Although all students, regardless of background are welcome, you are strongly encouraged to apply if you have any of the following characteristics:
- You are from a traditionally underrepresented group in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences
- You have demonstrated personal achievement or endured life challenges that can contribute to the diverse perspectives in health-related research (e.g., first-generation college student, limited English proficiency, disability, geographic residency, refugee status, financially disadvantaged backgrounds, etc.)
- You have a commitment to community service or underserved populations
In addition, you must be a U.S. Citizen, non-national citizen or permanent resident interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a career in health-related research. You will need to be a CSULB undergraduate student during the entirety of your time with the program and have at least 1 year (Fellows), 2 years (Upper Division/Scholars), or 3 years (Lower Division/Associates) remaining before graduation as of June.
How do I apply?
The application period for 2018/2019 will open in November
and end March 2, 2018 (Upper Division and Fellows) and March 23, 2018 (Lower Division).
To complete an application, you will be asked to upload several elements into the system. So that you can be prepared, we've published a list of these elements here.
The CSULB BUILD Associates and Scholars programs use a joint online application form with MARC U*STAR and RISE, which are similar NIH-funded CSULB programs. The application form includes eligibility information and eligible applicants will need to complete and submit the Application by the Application deadline, which will be announced next year.
What Benefits does BUILD offer Students?
Mentored Research Training
- Mentored research
- Approx. 20 hours per week (Upper Division/Fellows) and no more than 15 hours per week (Associates) during the Fall and Spring semesters
- Summer Research Experience
- 8 weeks for Scholars and Fellows starting the first week of June
- 2 weeks for Associates at the end of July
- Professional and research guidance with your faculty mentor
- Learning Community experience
- Individual academic and research development plan
- Graduate school prep and application support
- Workshops/Colloquia (guest speakers)
- Presentation opportunities
- Research Courses
- Priority registration
- GRE prep
- Monthly stipend (Scholars) or hourly salary (Associates and Fellows)
- Partial Tuition support (Scholars)
- Funding for research supplies
- Conference travel (Scholars and Fellows)
What are the selection criteria?
We are looking for dedicated students, with a potential to succeed, who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree and a career in health-related research from the Colleges of Health and Human Services (CHHS), Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), Liberal Arts (CLA), or Engineering (COE). Applications will be reviewed based on a number of criteria including:
- Evidence of strong academic performance or potential;
- Passion for scientific inquiry;
- Potential for successful research careers;
- Evidence of resilience, persistence, a potential for leadership, and desire to help others through research.
How many students will BUILD select this year?
- Associates Program: Up to 48 freshmen or sophomores will be selected to participate in this one-year program.
- Scholars Program: Up to 54 sophomores and juniors will be selected to participate in this two-year program
- Fellows Program: Up to 12 juniors will be selected to participate in this one-year program