Apply to a Program

BUILD offers two programs; you can read about each on the following webpages or by reviewing the program overview.

Program Overview

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 if you have any questions.

The application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open. Review the application elements page to get started.

Date: TBD SPRING 2024

Learn more about the BUILD and, U-RISE Application Elements. Join the staff from BUILD and, U-RISE 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 10/12/2023 Info Session Recording. These sessions provide information about the programs CSULB BUILD, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, MMUF, OURS Connects, U-RISE, DDI, ASCEND 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. 

Month Activity
September-November Fall Information Sessions
November Application Opens
January/February Spring Information Sessions

Application Due: March 3, 2024

Interviews tentatively scheduled for late March/early April. Schedules can vary by Program and College; applicants will be notified by email of schedule changes.

April Selection Notices
May Program acceptance/paperwork due
June BUILD Scholars and Fellows Programs Begin



Students need to be a US Citizen legal permanent resident, or DACA. Must be 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