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Eligibility, Benefits & Responsibilities


The matching of BUILD Trainees to a BUILD Research Mentor is made based on several factors including similarity in background and research interest. BUILD Research Mentors will be full-time, tenure-track, and tenured faculty members of CSULB or at our BUILD partner institutions (UC Irvine, USC, and the VA Medical Center Long Beach) with active research programs and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education and training.

While we seek a diverse array of mentors, research topics and laboratory styles, the mentored research of BUILD-funded students must provide the Trainee with skills and background supporting a research career in any of the areas funded by the NIH. Such research includes basic, applied and translational approaches to studying health issues facing our communities and nation. Faculty members across a number of disciplines (e.g., engineering and the behavioral, biological, clinical, public health, physical and social sciences) conduct research that is relevant to the NIH's research goals.

The BUILD Research Enrichment and Student Training Directors invite discussions with interested faculty on the appropriateness of their research projects for the BUILD program. Please e-mail questions to


BUILD Research Mentors work with BUILD Trainees, who are being trained in the BUILD Learning Community and in research-focused courses to become successful NIH-supported research professionals. BUILD Trainees bring with them supply money to support their research work, and BUILD Scholars have travel money to support the presentation of their research work at professional meetings. To facilitate the recruiting of BUILD Trainees to your research program, the program website has a Mentor Directory that is created using information mentors provide. If you need to update your information, please contact us at

Another benefit of being a BUILD Research Mentor is the BUILD Mentoring Community, which not only provides training for improved mentorship skills, but also a community of like-minded researchers to network with and receive support from.


The basic responsibilities of a BUILD Research Mentor are:

  • Provide Mentorship: Motivate and engage students to pursue doctoral degrees in research that improves the lives of individuals, families, and/or communities, including specific skills training.
  • Be Trained: Participate in the BUILD Mentoring Community (BMC), attend at least one multicultural training workshop and attend orientation.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Sign timecards when applicable and keep accurate track of supply funds.
  • Adhere to NIH and federal regulations: Maintain Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, acquire and Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) approval for research with humans or animals; acknowledge the BUILD grant numbers when publishing or presenting work supported by BUILD, and submit publications to PubMed Central.

For more detailed information, go to the Mentor Responsibilities page.


Ready to apply? You can access the Faculty Mentor interest form by using the following link: