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Research Mentor News, October 2018

Apply for BUILD Equipment Awards by Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

The Mid-Size Equipment Awards Program, funded through BUILD, provides the opportunity for BUILD faculty mentors to acquire equipment valued at less than $25,000 (with a $10,000 minimum) that is justified on the basis of direct benefit to BUILD student training.  Awards up to $24,999 will provide support for the purchase of midsize equipment (equipment costing between $10,000 and $24,999; awards cannot be combined as part of the purchase of large equipment). BUILD student participation and training need to be clearly integrated into the research plan for use of the equipment.  We anticipate being able to fund 2-3 proposals for this program.  Funds for this Mid-Size Equipment Awards Program must be spent before Thursday, May 30, 2019.
 
The Small Equipment and Computers Awards Program, funded through BUILD, provides the opportunity for BUILD faculty mentors to acquire computers and/or small equipment (between $2,500-$10,000) that are justified on the basis of direct benefit to BUILD student training. Awards up to $10,000 will provide support for the purchase of lab computers and/or small equipment (equipment costing between $2,500 and $10,000; awards cannot be combined as part of the purchase of large equipment). BUILD student participation and training need to be clearly integrated into the research plan for use of the equipment.  We anticipate being able to fund 3-4 proposals for this program.  Funds for this Small Equipment and Computers Awards Program must be spent before Thursday, May 30, 2019.
 
Applications Due: Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, by 5 p.m. PT. Check the BUILD website for details.


October Events

Day of the Dead Painted Skull

2018 BUILD Mentor Orientation: This event provides an opportunity for you, especially new BUILD mentors, to meet with members of the BUILD Leadership Team and to learn more about the program and the resources available for you and your BUILD mentees. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from Noon to 1 pm in the BUILD Center. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by this Friday, Oct. 5, to myriam.loeschen@csulb.edu.

Fall Faculty Mixer: You’re invited to attend the first Faculty Mixer of the Fall Semester. It will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the BUILD Center. Mexican food will be served.

Student Day of the Dead Celebration: The BUILD Program will be hosting a special fun event this month for all BUILD trainees. Activities will include pumpkin carving, face painting and making flower headpieces. Encourage your mentees to get to know their fellow trainees during this fun event—Mexican food included! It will be held in the BUILD Center on Friday, Oct. 26, from 11:30 am to 1 pm.


Fall BUILD Colloquia

The first BUILD Colloquium of the Fall semester was held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 to 9:50 am. The featured speaker was Jacob Barrera, MPH of Harvard University. The colloquium was followed by a Q&A reception for all CLA and CHHS BUILD trainees. You can view pictures from this Colloquium on Facebook.

The second BUILD Colloquium is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 9:50 am and will feature Dr. Leonardo Leon, Postdoctoral Scholar in the lab of Dr. Asa Gustafsson, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at UC San Diego.  Dr. Leon is an alumnus of the CSULB Biochemistry B.S. and RISE program. The following Q&A reception will be for CNSM BUILD trainees. If your mentee(s) is from CNSM, please note that attendance for this event is mandatory and they will be unavailable to work in your lab during this time.


What Are Your Career Development Tips?

November is National Career Development Month and we’d like to share your tips for developing a successful career in research with the BUILD trainees. These tips should be succinct—no more than two sentences. Please send your best tip to the Digital Media & Communications Specialist no later than Monday, Oct. 15.


Annual Conference Attendance

A select few of our Engineering trainees have been approved by the University to attend the SACNAS conference. Those BUILD students will depart for San Antonio, Texas, to attend the conference on Thursday, Oct. 11, and will return to California on Monday, Oct. 14. If your mentee is a Year 1 Scholar and will be attending, they will not be available to work in your lab around that time. Please plan accordingly. If your mentee submitted an abstract that is selected for presentation, please work with them to update their posters from the Summer Symposium.

Year 1 Scholars who did not attend SACNAS will be attending the ABRCMS conference to be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Year 1 Scholars Share Their Thoughts about SURGE 2018

Every summer, the new class of Year 1 Scholars and Fellows, as well as those Year 2 and Year 3 Scholars who stayed on campus, attend CSULB BUILD’s Summer Undergraduate Research Gateway to Excellence (SURGE) program. Read about their thoughts and experiences here.


Get To Know the New Cohort of BUILD Trainees and Graduate Mentors

The new cohort of CSULB BUILD trainees have made it through the summer programs and have begun their Fall semester. On the BUILD website, we post headshots of all trainees along with their name, major and mentor. You can view them here:

•    Associates
•    Year 1 Scholars
•    Year 2 Scholars
•    Year 3 Scholars
•    Fellows

We also post headshots of the current group of Graduate Mentors (GMs), along with their name and college assignment. Formerly called Graduate Assistants, we’ve changed their title to better reflect their role in the program, to serve as peer mentors for BUILD trainees. You can view them here.


Mentor Supply Funds for BUILD Year 5

Please contact Marie Reed for instructions on spending your “Mentor Supply Funds” for Year 5.

Please keep the following in mind:
1.    You will have until Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, to spend out 50% of your funds.  You will have until Friday, May 31, 2019, to spend out the remaining funds.  These funds cannot be carried over.
2.    You are required to complete the ATI/E&IT checklist and have it approved by the Purchasing Department PRIOR to the purchase of electronics and software. You can download a PDF of the form here. The completed form should be sent directly to Purchasing@csulb.edu for approval.
3.    Please refer to your mentor newsletters for announcements, updates, and purchasing guidelines.


CSULB BUILD in Pictures – Summer SURGE

CSULB BUILD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are filled with pictures of our Associates, Scholars, and Fellows. Each month we’ll highlight a collection here.

  • UCI Field Trip – On Tuesday, July 10, participants in the SURGE program (Year 1 Scholars and Fellows) went to UCI to learn more about graduate program opportunities at our partner university.
  • SURGE Bonfire: Each summer CSULB BUILD hosts a bonfire gathering to help PREP trainees network and bond together as a group. This year a bonfire event was also held for SURGE participants.
  • 2018 Summer Symposium: Another Summer Symposium success! View highlights in this Facebook photo album.

Acknowledging BUILD in your presentations/publications

Please remember to acknowledge the funding from National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers UL1GM118979, TL4GM118980, and RL5GM118978 on work supported by BUILD, including support from BUILD student trainees, mentor appreciation fund, BUILD research and equipment grants. For a sample acknowledgment statement, NIH resources and policy, please visit the “Acknowledging BUILD in Your Publications” page on our website. It can be found under Mentors > Current Mentors.


Be Prepared

If you'd like to know what is coming up in the BUILD Learning Community for your mentee, download the current syllabus. This will give you a heads up on what events your mentee is required to attend and therefore will not be available to work in your lab at that time. This page will be updated each semester with the new syllabi.


Communicating with BUILD

We invite your news about your BUILD Trainee and any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions about BUILD. If you have any of these, in relation to being a BUILD Research Mentor, please contact us at BUILD.mentors@csulb.edu. If you have any concerns about your BUILD Student, please contact the Student Training Core Director at Jesse.Dillon@csulb.edu.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the November newsletter.