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BUILD Fellows Program

BUILD Fellows Research Training Program

If you have been participating in mentored research for at least one semester, will be graduating in one year, and will be applying to enter PhD programs in health research careers in the Fall of next year at the time of the application, you can apply to the one-year-long BUILD Fellows research training program that begins in June. BUILD Fellows receive hands-on research training with a BUILD Faculty Mentor and have the following training requirements.


  • Past research experience (at least one semester)
  • Graduation date is set for Fall 2021 or Summer 2022
  • One 3-unit research methods course required during the year
  • Must take the GRE exam by the end of Summer 2021
  • Enroll in BUILD Learning Community (1-unit) Seminar each semester (meets on Fridays at 9 am - 10 am)
  • Applying to Ph.D. programs in the Fall of 2021

Training Activities and Components

⇒ Summer Research

BUILD Fellows participate in intensive summer research training. In the summer before their 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.

⇒ Faculty-mentored Research

During the semester, BUILD Fellows 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 Fellows are required to enroll in a 1-unit Learning Community Seminar (UNIV 495) 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 Fellows are required to take ONE of the 3-unit courses listed on the PDF iconApproved Courses (PDF) during the 1-year program.

⇒ Responsible Conduct of Research

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

⇒ GRE Preparation

BUILD Fellows are offered GRE workshops and preparation support.

⇒ Professional Conference Travel

BUILD Fellows are expected to attend either the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) or professional conference designated by the Research Mentor during the year to present their research. Travel support is available from BUILD.