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BUILD Mentoring Community (BMC)

The CSULB BUILD Program is designed to engage students early and then consistently throughout their undergraduate experience, including innovative teaching and mentoring that emphasizes research and incorporates culturally diverse role models. Dr. Kelly Young, BUILD's Education Innovation Coordinator, runs the BMC each semester, which is a 2-semester, outcome-driven program, based on the National Research Mentoring Network's (NRMN's) Entering Mentoring Program.

The first semester provides resources and weekly online discussions on topical modules:

  • Module 1: Engaging and Motivating Students
  • Module 2: Infusing Research into the Classroom
  • Module 3: Intercultural Communication – Ideas That Work to Engage Underrepresented Students
  • Module 4: Mentoring Research Students for Success

During the second semester, participants implement what they learned in their classrooms or laboratories.

BMC alumni may opt to serve as a BMC Peer Leader and are provided assigned time to do so. Dr. Young, who is widely recognized for her effective Faculty Learning Communities applicable to STEM fields, serves as a meta-leader of the BMC, guiding the quality and consistency of the projects proposed, evaluating BMC outcomes, and publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, as appropriate. In addition to addressing faculty pedagogy and mentorship skills, an important outcome of the BMC is the testing of "research-emphasized" and "culturally-tuned" methods to determine "best practices", which are then disseminated to the broader scientific community.

The BMC is designed to be time efficient for busy faculty and those who complete the program receive an honorarium.

BUILD faculty mentors are encouraged to contact Dr. Young to enroll in the BMC program (offered every Fall and Spring term).