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BUILD Research Mentor News – April 2016

In This Issue:

  • 2016-17 BUILD Trainee Cohort Selection Underway
  • Presentations and Awards
  • Mark your Calendars
  • Workshops
  • Faculty Lectures
  • BUILD Student Learning Community
  • Research Curriculum Course Instructors Needed

2016-17 BUILD Trainee Cohort Selection

Review of applications and interviews of trainee candidates has begun for both Associates (formerly LD) and Scholars (formerly UD).  Students who have not yet identified a mentor will be directed toward possible mentors based on the information you have given us on the mentor survey.  Potential Associates and Scholars Trainees may contact you to discuss the possibility of joining your research program in the next several weeks. Please let your college coordinator (CHHS: Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez (Both Scholars and Associates); CLA: Chi-Ah Chun (Scholars), Young-Hee Cho (Associates); CNSM: Paul Weers (Scholars), Jesse Dillon (Associates); COE: Panadda "Nim" Marayong (Scholars), Shadnaz Asgari (Associates)) know when you decide to accept a student as a mentee.

BUILD Student Presentations & Awards

Recently, BUILD students and GA’s have received awards for their presentations.  Please join us in celebrating their and their mentor’s accomplishments.

  • BUILD Scholar Author Yao (Health Care Administration; mentor: Erlyana Erlyana) won 3rd place for his poster presentation, “Does “confidence” mediate the relationship between English proficiency and health status among Asian Americans?” at the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities.
  • One of our BUILD upper division Graduate Assistants, Angelina Majeno (College of Health and Human Services), also won 2nd place for graduate research poster.

Save the Dates:

1st Annual BUILD Symposium is on Saturday 04/16

BUILD upper division students will be presenting research posters at the first annual BUILD Symposium on April 16th from 11:30 am till 2 pm.  All BUILD Mentors are encouraged to come out and support our students as they share the great work they have done this year.

The symposium is also a Family and Community event for the BUILD program.  Faculty Research Mentors of UD trainees are encouraged to attend the symposium to meet your trainee's family. Family members of the UD trainees are invited back to learn about what their children have accomplished since the Summer Symposium in August. They would love to meet you as well. Please encourage your mentee to bring their family members.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chi-Ah Chun (Director of Student Training Core) at or Enri'que Flores (Program Manager) at

Upcoming Faculty Workshops

April 22nd: Dr. Alejandra Priedse, Educational Leadership Dept. will present a training on Intermediate SPSS software usage from 1:00-5:00 pm in LA1-206.

May 5th: Dr. Grace Reynolds will present on “Diary Methods for data collection” from 9:00 am -1:00 pm in SPA-005.

Upcoming Lectures

You are invited to attend a presentation, Pathways to Academic Success for Latino Students, given by Dr. Maria Carreira on Friday, April 8, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Faculty Center for Professional Development Conference Room.

Also, please be on the lookout for notices from Enri’que Flores about seminars, colloquia and presentations at USC, our BUILD partner institution!

Announcements from the BUILD Trainee Learning Communities

  • Lower division BUILD trainees will give oral PowerPoint presentations on their research work on 4/22 and 4/29. Students received the guidelines on 4/8.
  • End of the Year Research Report:  All active BUILD trainees must submit a brief research report by May 6th in which they describe the research work accomplished between June 1 and May 1, 2016.  The report guidelines are the same as those used for the Fall UD Learning Community.
  • Faculty Mentor Evaluation of their BUILD Trainees: BUILD will be asking for your evaluation of your trainees at the end of April. Links to an “improved” Qualtrics Survey will be sent to all active mentors.
  • The BUILD Initiative is hiring Graduate Assistants from all four participating colleges for the 2016-17 year. Please refer any graduate students who might be interested in working with BUILD trainees to the Program Coordinator, Nicole Streicker (, for an application instructions.

Research Curriculum Course Instructors Needed

The BUILD Initiative created a series of courses for CSULB to provide a research-focused curriculum for the entire campus.  All of these courses will be offered in the next year and we are looking for instructors interested in teaching the courses.  If you have not already let us know you are interested in teaching any of the following courses, please let us know by e-mailing us at  For those who are available to teach in Spring 2017 you can suggest meeting times for your class.

UNIV 150 – Research Career Explorations in Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: Composition II (AFRS 100, ASAM 100, CHLS 100, or ENGL 100).  May be taken concurrently.
The course is designed for entering or undeclared students to evaluate the diversity of career opportunities available to those having a doctorate degree in the sciences. Students will develop knowledge and skills that are designed to cultivate curiosity and an identity as a scientist.

CLA/HHS 296 – Introduction of Behavioral Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of one GE Foundation requirement
Introduces topics for inquiry and analysis in behavioral and social science research. Historical events shaping current ethical standards for research guide research design, analysis, and reporting. Students learn observation and experimentation, hypotheses formulation and testing, measurement, analysis, and reporting.

NSCI/ENG 296 – Introduction to Biomedical Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: At least one GE foundation requirement.
Introduction to principles and ethics of experimentation, hypothesis formulation and testing. Students will learn data measurement, analysis and presentation, how to find and read scientific literature, keep a laboratory notebook and basic data graphing and analysis skills.

HHS 207 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities (3)
Prerequisite: At least one GE Foundation requirement
This course covers the definition, prevalence, risk and protective factors, and interventions for health disparities among diverse populations. Using problem-based approaches, students will learn about discipline-specific and interdisciplinary methods to address common biomedical issues in a culturally relevant way.

CLA/ENG/HHS/NSCI 361 – Scientific Research Communication (3)
Prerequisites.  Completion of the GE foundation, completion of one explorations course, score of 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone. Introduction to technical writing for students pursuing research careers.  Accessing and using research literature.  Writing technical and research reports for various purposes and audiences.  Oral presentation of research and scientific information.  Includes intensive writing.

CLA/HHS 496 – Advanced Behavioral Research Methods (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing, completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses and HHS361 or CLA361 or ENGR361 or NSCI361.
This course is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of scientific research, emphasizing connection between research design and statistical analyses.  The course covers literature review, hypothesis generation, types of research designs and conceptual approach to data analyses.

NSCI/ENG 496 – Advanced Biomedical Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing, completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses and HHS361 or CLA361 or ENGR361 or NSCI361.
An advanced study of the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting biomedical research including hypothesis formulation, experimental design, assessment of error within empirical data, and the preparation of sound and fundable grant proposals.

Communicating with BUILD

We invite your news about your BUILD Trainee and comments, concerns, or suggestions about BUILD.  If you have any of these related to being a BUILD Mentor, or concerns about your BUILD Student, please contact us at  Watch for the next edition of the Newsletter in early May.