You are here

BUILD Scholars Program

BUILD Scholars Research Training Program

If you have three to four semesters left in order to complete your degree program at the time of the application, you can apply to the two-year-long BUILD Scholars research training program that begins in June. BUILD Scholars receive hands-on research training with a BUILD Faculty Mentor and have the following training requirements.

Training Activities and Components

⇒ Summer Research

BUILD Scholars participate in intensive summer research training. In the summer before their first year in the program, they work with their BUILD Faculty Mentors full time (up to 34 hours/week), in addition to attending an 8-week Summer Learning Community (Summer Undergraduate Research Gateway to Excellence) from June to July. In the subsequent summer, they are expected to apply to participate in a summer research internship at a research-intensive university that offers doctoral degrees (i.e., R1 university) or a research institution for research experience with another research mentor. Scholars apply for these internship opportunities in the fall/winter of the first year of the program.

⇒ Faculty-mentored Research

During the semester, BUILD Scholars will continue to work on research with the BUILD Faculty Mentor. Trainees are expected to spend on average 15 research hours per week during the semester.

⇒ BUILD Learning Community Seminar

BUILD Scholars are required to enroll in a 1-unit Learning Community Seminar (UNIV 395 for Year 1 Scholars and UNIV 495 for Year 2 Scholars) in each semester (no exceptions). If mandatory course conflicts arise, arrangements can be made for students to make up the work in GA office hours.

⇒ BUILD Research Curriculum

BUILD Scholars are required to take at least TWO of the following 3-unit courses during the 2-year program. They are encouraged to take one course per academic year (trainees are welcomed to take more than two if they fit in their schedules and degree program timeline).

  • Introduction to Research Methods (RSCH 296B Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods and RSCH 296A Introduction to Biomedical Research Methods)
    • Introduction to research design & hypothesis testing
    • Data measurement, analysis, and presentation
    • Review of scientific literature

Note: The course is cross-listed in multiple colleges. Students should enroll in the course within their respective college/discipline. Certain courses required by a student’s major may be used to substitute the Introduction to Research Methods (IRM) requirement. In such a case, students should take the other required courses. See a list of  
PDF icon
Approved Courses (PDF).

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities (RSCH 207)
    • Multidiscipline approach to health issues & disease
    • Develop an understanding of the cultural & personal relevance of research
    • Supports a culturally-relevant science identity

Note: HHS 207 satisfies GE Category D2 (Social Science and Citizenship) and Human Diversity GE requirements.

  • Scientific Research Communication (RSCH 361)
    • Proficiency in oral & written communication related to dissemination of research
    • Intensive practice in writing, editing, & critiquing
    • Discipline-specific methodologies

Note: This class satisfies GE Category F Writing Intensive Capstone requirement.

It is strongly recommended that the student completes the IRM or IRM-equivalent course before taking this class. The course is cross-listed in multiple colleges. Students should enroll in the course within their respective college/discipline.

  • Advanced Research Methods (RSCH 496B Advanced Behavioral Research Methods and RSCH 496A Advanced Biomedical Research Methods)
    • Research design & hypothesis testing
    • Identifying funding sources (e.g., NIH, Foundations, etc.)
    • Grant writing

Note: This class satisfies GE Category F Advanced Skills Capstone requirement.

Prerequisites of RSCH 361 and upper-division standing. The course is cross-listed in multiple colleges. Students should enroll in the course within their respective college/discipline

⇒ Responsible Conduct of Research

BUILD Scholars are required to complete online CITI Training and eight hours of face-to-face training in Responsible Conduct of Research.

⇒ BUILD Research Colloquium Attendance

BUILD Scholars are required to attend two BUILD Research Colloquium talks in each semester.

⇒ GRE Preparation

BUILD Scholars are offered GRE workshops and preparation support. It is highly recommended that trainees participate in the GRE workshops by early Spring semester of their first year in the Scholars program. Trainees are required to take the GRE exam at least once by the summer before their second year.

⇒ Professional Conference Travel

BUILD Scholars are expected to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) or Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) during the first year and present their research at a professional conference in their disciplines in the second year. Travel support is available from BUILD yearly.