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Application Elements

Applications for the BUILD program are submitted online. The application form requires you to not only enter information but upload supporting documents, as well. Listed below are listed the supporting documentation you'll need to complete the application. It is recommended that you have these documents prepared in advance of starting the application form.

Expected Graduation Date Form

The Expected Graduation Date Form is required as part of the BUILD, MARC U*STAR, and RISE combined application. All CSULB students are required to meet with their major advisor before March 2020, to have this form signed. Students transferring into CSULB in Fall 2020 are not required to submit this document in order to complete the application. Plan ahead and schedule a meeting with your major advisor ASAP.

College Transcript(s)

Provide a scanned or electronic copy (no images or pictures, must be a pdf) of your transcript showing all courses, units, and grades from all post-secondary institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable provided they are up to date. 

CSULB students can access unofficial transcripts in their MyCSULB account or visit the Student Academic Records page. Former CSULB students, go here. You may need to disable pop-blocker on your browser to access your records.

We have created a guide for accessing your CSULB GPA, as well.

Degree Plan

To help us determine the appropriate entry point into the programs, you will be asked to provide a list of courses you will have left to complete after entering the program. This can be a word doc with a list of courses per semester that you plan on taking. Keep in mind, you must have at least 12 units/semester.

For BUILD, additional research curriculum courses are required. Please review the Research Curriculum web page for course listings. BUILD students are required to take one Research Curriculum course per year and many of these courses satisfy the GE/Capstone requirement. You can include these in your Degree Plan. 

CSULB students should accomplish this by uploading a copy of their current "Degree Planner," available from their MyCSULB account. For help with finding your degree planner please go here.

*If you do not have a CSULB degree planner, please create and upload a list of courses you will need to take at CSULB to complete your major degree.

Financial Aid Award Letter

If you are eligible to receive financial aid, please upload a copy of your most current financial aid award letter. This letter can be accessed from your MyCSULB account.

For a guide on how to access this, go to the MyCSULB Financial Aid Information page. Look under the section called "View Your Financial Aid & Scholarship Awards" for a step by step guide.

Personal Statement

Research Interest Statement

Faculty Recommendations

You will be required to submit two recommendation forms. At least one must be from a CSULB professor. The other can come from someone that has overseen you in a supervisory role, with a professor being preferred.

Program Specifics

  • If RISE was selected as a preferred program, one of the recommendations should be from a mentor who has agreed to accept the student into their research program.
  • If you are applying for the one-year BUILD Fellows program, one must be from your current faculty research mentor.

Your recommender should have good knowledge about your academic and/or research potential to complete a faculty recommendation CSULB students form. At least one faculty member should be from a STEM and/or health science related discipline (e.g., engineering and the behavioral, biological, clinical, health, physical and social sciences). Recommenders are required to fill out the Faculty Recommendation Form even if they write a letter of recommendation. Recommenders that are not CSULB Faculty will use the same form.

*If you are already in a research program or have a commitment to a specific research mentor, one of these letters should be from that faculty member.