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Research Mentor News, March 2018

As the school year winds to a close, excitement is in the air for the second cohort of BUILD trainees. They’ll need your support to tie up any loose ends before they head off to the next leg in their educational journey. Read on to find out how you can help your mentee.

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, as pictured below.

Acknowledging BUILD in your presentations/publications

Mentor survey from the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC)

You should have received a request from the Provost to participate in the survey conducted by the Diversity Program Consortium last week. Please participate in the survey that was sent out by Teresa Seeman from the UCLA Coordination and Evaluation Center of the DPC. The survey will help our campus assess and understand your experiences with teaching, mentoring and research activities. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon e-card!

Reminder: Commencement for Fellows and Year 2 Scholars Is May 11

graducation ceremony

This is an exciting time for our second cohort of Scholars, and our first cohort of Fellows, who will be completing the BUILD program at the end of this semester. Many have already heard back from universities about acceptance into Ph.D. and Masters programs.  As we learn about these we’ll be posting it to our social media accounts, as well as providing an update in forthcoming issues of this newsletter. Thank you for helping to prepare them for this achievement.

Fellows and Scholars will be asking for your assistance in a couple of projects this semester, including the CSULB Research Competition and the BUILD final research report. Please make yourself available so they can be as successful as possible.

Also, we will be holding our annual Commencement event for Year 2 Scholars on May 11 at the USU Ballroom! If you have a Fellow or Year 2 Scholar in your lab, keep your eyes open for your invitation.

Scholars Will Need Your Help

Year 1 and some Year 2 Scholars are now applying for their summer internship programs. They may need your assistance with completing the applications or with letters of recommendation. Also, Year 1 Scholars will be preparing research summaries and presentations and may need your feedback and support. Please do your best to assist them.

Potential New Scholars Will Need Your Help

Associates Who Wish to Continue with BUILD

Many Associates will now be applying to continue as Scholars either to continue with you or to switch to a new research group. They will need a letter of recommendation from you to continue in the program. Please speak with your mentee about their interest in staying in the program and staying in your research group.

Non-BUILD Students

There will also be non-BUILD students who will be applying to be in BUILD Associates program for the first time. Therefore they may be contacting you over the next few weeks to learn more about your research and possibly asking to work with you.

Mark Your Calendars for BUILD Multicultural Workshops

We have two upcoming opportunities for you to attend the BUILD Multicultural Workshops. José Rodriguez, our new Multicultural Innovation Coordinator has updated the workshops, so the ones listed below are all new.

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

  • 2018 BUILD Research Symposium  – Did you miss the Symposium? See it highlighted in photos on Facebook. If you were there, find out if you were captured for posterity.

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 April newsletter.