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Research Mentor News, April 2018

Apply for the BUILD Research Stimulation Grant (RSG) program by Monday, May 14, 2018

The Research Stimulation Grant (RSG) Program, funded through BUILD, provides support to stimulate research project development and preliminary data generation with the objective to enhance competitiveness and external research funding. We anticipate being able to fund 2-3 proposals of up to $30,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year to support a one-year long health-related research pilot project. Awardees will be required to submit a competitive research grant proposal [must be ≥ $300K in total cost (direct and indirect) for ≥3 years]. Furthermore, BUILD student participation and training need to be clearly integrated into the research plan.  This proposal must be submitted within one year of the award announcement. Please note that funds will be available in October 2018 and will have to be spent by June 1, 2019.  BUILD RSG applications must not have any scientific overlap with any other internal (CSULB) or external grant application during the period of funding.  Individuals with three previous (CRSG, RSG, or equipment grants) awards are no longer eligible to apply.  Human subjects or animal research projects must have IRB/IACUC approval before applying to be considered.

Allowable funding includes release time at full rate, consultant costs, participant incentives, equipment and supplies, and travel relevant to data collection.  Applications Due: Monday, May 14, 2018, by 5 p.m. PT.

For more information, visit the RSG Application Page.

Questions about eligibility, program requirements, and application instructions can be sent to

Please come to one of the two information sessions on the RSG program on the following dates:

  • April 13, 2018, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in PSY 101
  • April 27, 2018, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in PSY 101

Faculty Mixer Tomorrow

The next faculty mixer will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BUILD Center (PH1-117). Come mingle with fellow faculty mentors and BUILD staff and enjoy Chicken Teriyaki and salad from Rascals Teriyaki Grill. Contact Myriam Loeschen to R.S.V.P.

Workshops in April (Multiple Dates)

BUILD will host 4 workshops on various topics in behavioral research in April. Workshops are free to attend and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Focus Group Implementations, Friday, April 13, 10:30 am – 12:30 am,  SSPA-006
    An active workshop to learn how to plan and carry-out a focus group that will yield meaningful results for your research. Lead by Dr. Roudi Roy, Family and Consumer Sciences. RSVP here.
  • Neighborhood Data For Social Change, Friday, April 20, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, SSPA-006
    This platform is a user-friendly digital tool that provides access to reliable, aggregated data at the neighborhood level. Participants will learn to access data for specific neighborhoods and cities within Los Angeles County, learn more about the data and understand why specific data sets are important, and conceptualize data stories to better tell the stories of their community. Lead by Caroline K. Bhalla, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. RSVP here.
  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration In Science, Thursday, April 26, 1 pm – 3 pm, SSPA-006
    This workshop will highlight some best practices for cross-boundary and cross-cultural teaming in health care and biomedical research teams. Lead by Dr. Maritza Salazar, UC Irvine School of Business. RSVP here.
  • Digital Mapping Of Health Data Using GIS, Friday, April 27, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, PH1-208
    This workshop will instruct participants on the art, craft, and science of digital cartography to represent and communicate health-related data by using Geographic Information System (GIS). Lead by Dr. Hyowon Ban, Geography. RSVP here.

To RSVP, please complete the registration form at the online registration links above. If you have any questions about these or future BUILD behavioral workshops, please contact For a full list of past and future BUILD workshops, please visit the Events page on the BUILD website. {LINK:}

Multicultural Workshop on April 17 or 20 (Your Choice)

There is one last opportunity for you to attend a BUILD Multicultural Workshop this semester.

  • The Structure of Effective Interactions During Mentoring Conversations with Diverse Students. You have two times from which to choose: Tuesday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon in PSY-233, or Friday, April 20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in PSY-101.

As a reminder, attending at least one workshop is required of all BUILD mentors who have or will be accepting trainees into their lab. Even if you have already satisfied this requirement, we invite you to attend workshops of interest.

For more information, visit the Multicultural Workshops webpage. To register, contact José Rodriguez.

CSULB BUILD in Pictures

CSULB BUILD’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are filled with pictures of our Associates, Scholars, and Fellows. Each month we’ll highlight a collection here.

  • CSULB Psych Day  – BUILD students and graduate assistants demonstrated their research at CSULB Psych Day.

Acknowledging BUILD in your presentations/publications

Please remember to acknowledge the funding from National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers UL1GM118979, TL4GM118980, and RL5GM118978 on work supported by BUILD, including support from BUILD student trainees, mentor appreciation fund, BUILD research and equipment grants. For a sample acknowledgment statement, NIH resources and policy, please visit the “Acknowledging BUILD in Your Publications” page on our website. It can be found under Mentors > Current Mentors.

Be Prepared

If you'd like to know what is coming up in the BUILD Learning Community for your mentee, download the current syllabus. This will give you a heads up on what events your mentee is required to attend and therefore will not be available to work in your lab at that time. This page will be updated each semester with the new syllabi.

Communicating with BUILD

We invite your news about your BUILD Trainee and any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions about BUILD. If you have any of these, in relation to being a BUILD Research Mentor, please contact us at If you have any concerns about your BUILD Student, please contact the Student Training Core Director at

Be sure to keep an eye out for the May newsletter.