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Applications for the BUILD 2018/2019 program will be accepted from November 2017 to March 2, 2018 (Upper Division) or March 23, 2018 (Lower Division). Students will be notified if they are accepted in April and will start the program in June. Information Session(s) detailing the program are held periodically November 2017 through February 2018. Visit the Information Session page for upcoming dates.

Apply to Upper Division Programs
The Upper Division link is a shared application between BUILD, MARC U*STAR and RISE for students with at least 2 years before they graduate starting in June of 2018. Application deadline for the upper division is March 2, 2018 at midnight.

Apply to BUILD Fellows Program
The Fellows link is for students with research experience and at least 1 year before they graduate starting in June of 2018. Application deadline for the Fellows is March 2, 2018 at midnight.

Apply to Lower Division Programs
The Lower Division link is a shared application between BUILD, MARC U*STAR and RISE for students with at least 3 years before they graduate starting in June of 2018. Application deadline for the lower division is March 23, 2018 at midnight.

 

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 2018/2019 will open in November 2017 and end March 2, 2018 (Upper Division) and March 23, 2018 (Lower Division)

  • November:  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 Program Begins
  • 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.

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 to be considered for the program.

How do I apply?

The application period for 2018/2019 will open in November
and end March 2, 2018 (Upper Division) 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.

Whether you are in the BUILD training program or not, you are always welcome to join us for our upcoming workshops. Please check the Homepage and News & Events page often for upcoming events.

What Benefits does BUILD offer Students?

Professional Development

  • 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

 

Mentored Research Training

  • Mentored research
    • 15 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Summer Research Experience
    • Full-time
    • 8 weeks for Scholars
    • 2 weeks for Associates
  • Professional and research guidance with your faculty mentor

 

Financial Support

  • Monthly stipend (Scholars) or hourly salary (Associates and Fellows)
  • Tuition support
  • 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 PhD 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, potential for leadership, and desire to help others through research.

How many students will BUILD select this year?

  • Associates Program: 48 freshmen or sophomores will be selected to participate in this one-year program.
  • Scholars Program: 54 sophomores and juniors will be selected to participate in this two-year program