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BUILD Student Training

The CSULB BUILD Program offers intensive research training for undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in health-related research from the Colleges of Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The program involves participation in hands-on faculty-mentored research training, enrollment in BUILD courses, a 1 unit Learning Community Seminar each academic semester, as well as other training activities.   

There are two tracks: BUILD Scholars for students in their junior and senior years, and BUILD Fellows for students in their final senior year.

BUILD Scholars Program

If you have three to four semesters left to finish your degree program (i.e., expected graduation in December 2022 or May 2023), you can apply to the Scholars Program that begins in June 2021 and ends in May 2021.  See the overview of BUILD Scholars Program for more information.

BUILD Fellows Program

If you have research experience and one to two more semesters left to finish your degree program (i.e., expected graduation in December 2021 or May 2020), you can apply to the Fellows Program that begins in June 2021 and ends in May 2022.  You will need to apply for graduate school during Fall 2020 and take the GRE by August 2021. See the overview of BUILD Fellows Program for more information.


CSULB BUILD II Program at a Glance

infographic showing the BUILD pipeline that helps students get from freshman year to a PhD program



Students need to be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a career in health-related research. Students will need to be a CSULB undergraduate student during the entirety of their time with the program and have 1 - 2 semesters (Fellows) or 3 - 4 semesters (Scholars) remaining before graduation as of June. All qualified applicants are considered and 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.


Interested in becoming a CSULB BUILD Scholar or Fellow?
Applications for the 2020/2021 school year have closed. Applications for the 2021/2022 school year will open in the Fall of 2020 and are due in March of 2021. For more information about the application process, please use the link below: