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BUILD Student Training

The CSULB BUILD Program offers intensive research training for undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in health-related research from the Colleges of Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The program involves participation in hands-on faculty-mentored research training, enrollment in BUILD courses, a 1 unit Learning Community Seminar each academic semester, as well as other training activities.   

There are two tracks: BUILD Scholars for students in their junior and senior years, and BUILD Fellows for students in their final senior year.

BUILD Scholars Program

If you have at least two more years to finish your degree program (i.e., expected graduation in May 2022 or later), you can apply to the two-year-long Scholars Program that begins in June 2020 and ends in May 2022.  See the overview of BUILD Scholars Program for more information.

BUILD Fellows Program

If you have research experience and exactly one more year to finish your degree program (i.e., expected graduation in May 2021), you can apply to the one-year-long Fellows Program that begins in June 2020 and ends in May 2021.  You will need to apply for graduate school during the Fall and take the GRE by August 2020. See the overview of BUILD Fellows Program for more information.


CSULB BUILD II Program at a Glance

infographic showing the BUILD pipeline that helps students get from freshman year to a PhD program



Students need to be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a career in health-related research. Students will need to be a CSULB undergraduate student during the entirety of their time with the program and have at least 1 year (Fellows) or 2 years (Upper Division/Scholars) remaining before graduation as of June. All qualified applicants are considered and we strongly encourage applications from students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the health-related research workforce, such as first-generation college students, those with financial need, members of racial/ethnic minority groups, students with a disability, and students who have encountered life experiences or challenges that can contribute to the diverse perspectives needed in health-related research.

Interested in becoming a CSULB BUILD Scholar or Fellow?
Sign up on our interest form and be notified when the applications for the 2020/2021 school year go live.