Eligibility, Benefits & Responsibilities


BUILD mentors must be full-time, tenure-track, and tenured faculty members from the College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, or College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB or relevant disciplines at our BUILD partner institutions (UC Irvine, USC, and the VA Medical Center Long Beach) with active research programs and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education and training.

While we seek a diverse array of mentors, research topics and laboratory styles, the mentored research of BUILD-funded students must provide the trainee with skills and background supporting a research career in any of the areas funded by the NIH. Such research includes basic, applied and translational approaches to studying health issues facing our communities and nation. This includes a number of disciplines (e.g., engineering, public health, behavioral, biological, clinical, physical and social sciences) that is relevant to the NIH's research goals.


BUILD mentors work with BUILD trainees who help support the mentors’ research programs. The program provides mentors with supply fund to support trainee’s research activities and travel fund for trainees to present their work at professional meetings. Trainees receive professional development training through the BUILD Learning Community and research-infused courses to become successful NIH-supported research professionals. BUILD mentors are eligible to apply for various BUILD awards to fund their research program and enhance their competitiveness to secure external funding. Additionally, BUILD mentors will participate in mentor training program and be part of a mentor community to develop and share best mentoring practices. To facilitate the recruiting of trainees to the mentor’s research program, BUILD mentor research profiles will be available on a searchable Mentor Directory. The matching of BUILD trainees to a BUILD mentor is made based on several factors including similarity in background and research interest.


The basic responsibilities of a BUILD mentor are:

  • Provide mentorship: Support students in research and professional development activities. Motivate and engage students to pursue doctoral degrees in research that improves the lives of individuals, families, and/or communities, including specific skills training.
  • Become a Beach Mentor: Participate in the BUILD Mentor Training Program, available through the CSULB Faculty Center.
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility: Sign trainee timecards when applicable and keep accurate track of supply funds.
  • Adhere to NIH and federal regulations and program reporting requirements: Provide data to the CSULB BUILD Program as required for student training, program evaluation, and NIH reports. Maintain Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, acquire and Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) approval for research with humans or animals; acknowledge the BUILD grant numbers when publishing or presenting work supported by BUILD, and submit publications to PubMed Central.

For more detailed information, go to the Mentor Responsibilities page.

Apply Here

Ready to apply? You can access the Faculty Mentor interest form by using the following link: