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The application for the 2021-2022 will be available in November 2020. 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.

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

Fall 2020 Informations Sessions

Date Time Zoom
Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 5 pm – 6 pm Zoom Registration
Thu., Nov. 19, 2020 5 pm – 6 pm Zoom Registration

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.

Start the Application

The application for the 2021 cohorts will be available in November of 2020. Please review the Application Elements and how to Find a BUILD Faculty Mentor web pages in preparation.

Information for Prospective Students