Apply to a Program
BUILD offers two programs; you can read about each on the following webpages or by reviewing the program overview.
- BUILD Scholars Program: An overview of the BUILD Scholars program.
- BUILD Fellows Program: An overview of the BUILD Fellows program.
There is one application form that covers both programs.
If you were unable to attend or watch an Info Session, the basic information presented is available on this page. To guide you through the application timeline, learn more about being a BUILD trainee, and guidance with the online application, please read through the sections below and click on the topic links. Email us at BUILD.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The application for the 2023-2024 academic year is now open! Review the Application Elements page to get started.
Learn more about the BUILD, RISE, and LSAMP Application Elements. Join the staff from BUILD, RISE, and LSAMP as they provide an overview of the application to students who are applying to these programs. Students from the program(s) will share tips for requesting a letter of recommendation, approaching faculty to work in their lab, and answering other questions that applicants may have about ways to strengthen their application and statement.
View the 10/13/2022 Info Session Recording. These sessions provide information about the programs CSULB BUILD, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, MARC U*STAR, MMUF, OURS Connects, RISE, and UROP. You can find application and additional information for the other research programs by visiting the Info Session web page. Information Sessions are held multiple times a year during the fall and spring semesters for one hour.
|September-November||Fall Information Sessions|
|January/February||Spring Information Sessions|
Application Due: Early Spring (No Dates)
Interviews tentatively scheduled for late March/early April. Schedules can vary by Program and College; applicants will be notified by email of schedule changes.
|May||Program acceptance/paperwork due|
|June||BUILD Scholars and Fellows Programs Begin|
Students need to be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident interested in pursuing graduate studies and a career in health-related research. Students must be a full-time undergraduate student at CSULB at the start of the program & have between 1 – 4 semesters remaining before CSULB graduation as of June. All qualified applicants are considered, & we strongly encourage applications from students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the health-related research workforce, such as first-generation college students, those with financial need, members of racial/ethnic minority groups, students with a disability, and students who have encountered life experiences or challenges that can contribute to the diverse perspectives needed in health-related research.
Information for Prospective Students
- Application Elements: Find out exactly what you will need for your application.
- Find a BUILD Faculty Mentor: Search the Mentor Directory to find research mentor in your field of interest.
- What is Research? This page explores and explains the different types of research.
- FAQs about a Ph.D.: Frequently asked questions about a Ph.D.
- FAQs for Applicants: Frequently asked questions for potential BUILD applicants.