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Benefits & Eligibility


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


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