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Research Mentor News, October 2016

Table of Contents:

  • Your Feedback Needed: Participate in the HERI Survey
  • Learn More About NRMN
  • Multicultural Workshops & Attendance Policy
  • Mark Your Calendars: Workshops in October
  • SACNAS Is Coming to Long Beach
  • Conference Travel Clarification
  • Needed: Teachers for BUILD Courses
  • Your Role in Recruiting for the Next BUILD Cohort
  • Supply Order Deadlines
  • Fall Research Colloquia Have Begun


Your Feedback Needed: Participate in the HERI Survey

HERI logoBy now, you and many of your students will have received an invitation to participate in a survey administered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. We ask for your support in responding to the survey and spreading the word so we can improve programs and strategies at CSULB and nationwide.

Faculty members who complete the survey will receive $10 and a chance to win one of two $500 gift cards for either Amazon or the Apple Store (winner’s choice). And, students who complete the survey will earn a chance to win one of four $500 gift cards.

Your (and your students’) feedback will help CSULB better meet the needs of its students and faculty. So please help us out and complete the survey as soon as you can.



Learn More About NRMN

NRMN logoThe NIH Diversity Program Consortium includes the 10 BUILD programs, the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).  In a recent issue of the journal Science, there is an article about  NRMN.  BUILD Research Mentors are encouraged to read the article  and visit the NRMN website to learn more about NRMN and its activities.



Multicultural Workshops and Attendance Policy

stylized map of the worldAs a BUILD Research Mentor, you are required to attend at least one multicultural workshop. If you haven’t attended one already, there are two opportunities coming up in November.

  • Empowering Underrepresented Students in a Diverse Classroom. You have two times from which to choose: Friday, Nov. 4, 1 to 3pm, or Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10am to noon in room PSY 232.

For your attendance to count toward your agreement, you need to arrive no more than 10 minutes late nor leave more than 10 minutes early. Please keep this in mind when planning which workshop you will attend.

For more information, visit the Multicultural Workshops webpage.



Mark Your Calendars: Workshops in October

Pending Congressional approval of the federal budget, CSULB is presenting a workshop on how to apply for National Institutes of Health grants.

  • Oct. 17 – NIH Grant Workshop with speakers Hinda Zlotnik, Ph.D. and Alison Gammie, Ph.D. Learn how to apply for NIH grants. Time and location to be announced. If interested, RSVP to

Two new workshops have been added for November. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Jesus Reyes at

  • Oct. 7, 2016 – Social Network Analysis with guest speaker Thomas Valente, Ph.D., Keck School of Medicine of USC. Learn how networks can be used to study health behavior. 10am-11:30am in LA1-200.
  • Oct. 28, 2016 – Dedoose with speaker L. Zachary DuBois, Ph.D. Learn how to use this web application for mixed methods research. 10am-11:30am in LA1-200.



SACNAS Is Coming to Long Beach

BUILD Scholars are expected to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) or Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at least once while they are in the program. Since SACNAS will be held right here in Long Beach, Year 1 Scholars will be attending October 13-15, which means they will not be able to work in your lab that Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Some Scholars – perhaps yours? – will also be presenting posters at the conference.  Therefore, they will need your feedback on their presentation.



Conference Travel Clarification

In addition to attending ABRCMS or SACNAS, BUILD Scholars are expected to present their research at a professional conference in their discipline. Travel support is available for those conferences in which they present, up to $1500 a year. In order to be reimbursed for travel expenses, conferences must be professional and approved by BUILD staff.



Needed: Teachers for BUILD Courses

We are looking for faculty to teach the Spring sections of the Science Research Communication and Research Career Explorations courses. They will be held at these times:

  • Research Career Exploration in Science, UNIV 150, MW 3:30-4:45pm
  • Scientific Research Communication, CLA/ENGR/HHS/NSCI 361, MW 11am-12:15pm
  • Scientific Research Communication, CLA/ENGR/HHS/NSCI 361, TuTh 11am-12:15pm

If you can teach one of these sections, please contact Paul Buonora at to let us know of your availability.



Your Role in Recruiting for the Next BUILD Cohort

You can help us recruit the next cohort of BUILD Associates by encouraging your graduate students to keep an eye out for students with potential in research. If they are teaching Freshmen or Sophomores in labs, then they are perfectly poised to find students with an aptitude for research who might otherwise not consider such a career path. Please encourage them to spread the news about BUILD.



Supply Order Deadlines

As a Research Mentor, you have funds available to purchase supplies. You need to spend 50% of those funds by Feb. 28, 2017, and the remainder by May 31, 2017. These funds cannot be carried over. Therefore, as soon as you are ready to order materials and supplies, contact Marie Reed



Fall Research Colloquia Have Begun

Niloofar Bavairan
Niloofar Bavarian, PhD, MPH, speaking the CSULB BUILD Fall Research Colloquium on Sept. 30

The first colloquium in the series for Fall 2016-17 was held Friday, Sept. 30, and featured Niloofar Bavarian, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Health Science, CSULB College of Health and Human Services, who spoke on “Assessing the Illicit Use of Prescription Stimulants on Campus: A Pilot Study.” The next one is scheduled for Nov. 4, so mark your calendars.



Coming Next Month …

  • Highlights from SACNAS 2016
  • Mentor Videos Available on CSULB BUILD YouTube Channel



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 Mentor, or concerns about your BUILD Student, please contact us at BUILD.mentors@csulb.eduBe sure to keep an eye out for the November newsletter.