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Apply to a Program

If you were unable to attend or watch 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 any questions.


The 2022 application for BUILD and RISE is now open. 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! The BUILD and RISE application will be due at 11:59pm on February 21, 2022.

Application Workshop

Watch the 2020-2021 Application Workshop recording below. This workshop walks through the application elements and process to help potential students.

Application Workshop video

Information Sessions

CSULB Research Programs Information Session

You can watch a recording of a previous Information Session in the above video. These sessions provide information about the programs CSULB BUILD, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, MARC U*STAR, MMUF, OURS Connects, RISE, and UROP. You can find application and additional information for the other research programs by visiting the Info Session web page. Information Sessions are held multiple times a year during the fall and spring semesters between October and February for one hour. 

Application Process Timeline

Month Activity
October First Fall Information Session
November Applications Open / Second Fall Information Session
January/February Spring Information Sessions / Application Due February 21, 2022.
March Interviews tentatively scheduled for early March. Schedules can vary by Program and College; applicants will be notified by email of schedule changes.
April Selection Notices
June BUILD Scholars and Fellows Programs Begin


Students need to be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident interested in pursuing graduate studies and a career in health-related research. Students must be a full-time undergraduate student at CSULB at the start of the program & have between 1 – 4 semesters remaining before CSULB graduation as of June. All qualified applicants are considered, & we strongly encourage applications from students from groups traditionally under represented 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.

Information for Prospective Students