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The application for 2021 is now open! Sign the BUILD Interest Form to receive details about upcoming Information Sessions and the application. If you are unable to attend an Info Session, the basic information presented is available on this website. To guide you through the application timeline, learn more about being a BUILD trainee, and guidance with the online application, please read through the sections below and click on the topic links. Email us at if you have a question about BUILD student training and email Nicole Streicker if you have questions about the application.

2020-2021 Information Sessions

Date Time Zoom
Thu., Jan. 21, 2021 5 pm – 6 pm Register Here
Wed., Jan. 27, 2021 5 pm – 6 pm Register Here

Information Sessions are held multiple times a year during the fall and spring semesters between October and February for one hour. Zoom registration is required. Please register in advance although you will be able to register up until the Info Session begins. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your unique link to join the session. For questions about these sessions, please contact

These sessions provide information about the programs CSULB BUILD, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, MARC U*STAR, OURS Connects, RISE, and UROP. You can find application and additional information for the other research programs by visiting the Info Session web page.

Application Workshop

Date Time Zoom Link
Thu., Feb. 4, 2021 5 pm – 6 pm

Join staff from BUILD, MARC, RISE, and LSAMP to provide application tips to students who are applying to these programs. Students from the program(s) will share tips for requesting letters of recommendation, approaching faculty to work in their lab, and answer other questions that applicants may have about ways to strengthen their application and statements.

Start the Application

Please review the Application Elements and how to Find a BUILD Faculty Mentor web pages in preparation. Once you have the appropriate documents complete you are ready to begin the online application! You must submit your complete online application by February 26, 2021.

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Application Process Timeline

Month Activity
October First Fall Information Session
November Applications Open / Second Fall Information Session
February Spring Information Sessions / Application Due Feb. 26, 2021
April Interviews tentatively scheduled for the week following Spring Break. Schedules can vary by College; applicants will be notified by email of schedule changes.
May Selection Notices
June BUILD Scholars and Fellows Programs Begin

Information for Prospective Students