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Past Major Events

Black Health Equity Speaker Series

Black Health Equity Speaker SeriesThe BUILD team was proud to present our new Black Health Equity Speaker Series (BHESS) where speakers from disparate disciplines share their research and personal journey with BUILD trainees. This speaker series provides a unique opportunity to address health disparities and this year’s theme of promoting “racial health equity” at BUILD.

You can learn about each year's event by clicking these links.

Summer Research Symposium

Annual Research SymposiumDuring the Summer program, BUILD holds its Annual Summer Symposium. This gives new BUILD trainees an opportunity to practice presenting their research to both scientific and lay audiences. Families of the trainees are invited to learn about the BUILD program, as well as the research their student and their fellow trainees are conducting. Having the families on board with the program and supporting the trainees research education can be critical to BUILD Scholars and Fellows completing the program and moving on to earn their Ph.D.

You can learn about each year's event by clicking these links.

BUILD Commencement

BUILD Class of 2017

BUILD trainees work hard to complete their research training progam. We celebrate their success each May, sending off another cohort of future Ph.D.s into the world. The first cohort of BUILD trainees was honored during the first annual Commencement held at the Scottish Rite Event Center. Later Commencement events were held in the USU Ballroom.

You can learn about each year's event by clicking these links.

  • 2017 (Full recap and photos)
  • 2018 (Facebook photos)
  • 2019 (Facebook photos)
  • 2020 (Full story and videos)
  • 2021 (Full story and videos)

BUILD Colloquia

BUILD Trainees Attending a ColloquiumRegular research colloquia inform BUILD trainees on a variety of topics and give them opportunities to network with others.

Fall 2020

  • October 16 - Dr. Ghaidaa Kashgari, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine 
  • November 6 - Dr. Breauna Spencer, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine

Spring 2020

  • February 28 - Dr. Tatiane Lima, Postdoctoral Scholar, Immunology, UC Irvine
  • March 27 - Alma Patricia Olaguez, PhD Candidate, Psychological Science, UC Irvine

Fall 2019

  • September 27 - Dr. Camila Uzcategui
  • November 8 - Dr. Richard Watanabe, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Spring 2019

  • March 8 - Dr. Alicia Izquierdo, Psychology, UCLA
  • March 29

Fall 2018

  • September 28 - Dr. Jacob Barrera, Harvard University
  • November 9 - Dr. Leonardo Leon, Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at UC San Diego

Spring 2018

  • March 10 - Dr. Carlos Bolános-Guzman, Behavioral & Cellular Neuroscience, Texas A&M
  • April 4 - Dr. Kim Barrett, Medicine, UC San Diego

Fall 2017

  • September 29 - Dr. Elisa Maldonado, Marine Biology, UC San Diego
  • November 17 - Dr. Adam Leventhal, Keck School of Medicine, USC

Spring 2017

  • March 10 - Carlos Bolaños-Guzmán, Texas A&M University
  • April 14 - Dr. Kim Barrett, UCSD

Fall 2016

  • September 30 - Martin Lee, Biostatistics, UCLA
  • November 4 - Dr. Brian Ruhe, VA Hospital

Spring 2016

  • January 29 - Dr. Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • February 26 - Dr. Christie D. Fowler, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine
  • March 25 - Dr. Roberta McKean-Cowdin, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • April 29 - Dr. Marcelo Wood, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Irvine

Fall 2015

  • October 2 - Dr. Lordes Baezconde-Garbanati, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • November 9 - Dr. Elizabeth Jarvo, Chemistry, UC Irvine

Annual Research Symposium (BUILD I)

Annual Research SymposiumDuring BUILD Phase 1, the program held its Annual Research Symposium during the Spring semester. This event featured a nationally recognized researcher engaged in NIH-funded research as keynote speaker, who would share his or her research journey, presentations by BUILD Faculty Mentors, research demonstrations, and a poster session where BUILD trainees could present their research.

You can learn about each of them by clicking the links below.

Past Events

May 2022

Graduate smiling in mortarboard
The BUILD program celebrated the success of trainees on Friday, May 6th, 2022 at the BUILD Commencement. This event was held at the USU to commemorate and recognize their accomplishments as we send another cohort of future Ph.D.s into the world. The event featured Dr. Carlos Gutierrez as its keynote speaker. Also included were addresses by BUILD TDs Jesse, Shelly, and Young-Hee, BUILD GMs Tiffany, Patrick, Faiyaz, Bella, and Ariel, and BUILD student speakers Johann Tailor, Tyler Nelson, and...

December 2021

2021 BUILD Virtual Reunion Thumb
On Friday December 3rd, 2021, we held our second BUILD Alumni Virtual Reunion & Trivia Night. Last year we had a blast catching up with our alumni, so we decided to do it again! Because alumni are across the states, we opted for a virtual event; we kicked off the event with a game of trivia using Kahoot!. Then went into a couple rounds of “speed friending” in different breakout rooms to catch up among alumni, staff, and faculty. Finally, we all came back to the main room and ended with...

September 2021

2021 BUILD Research Symposium
The BUILD team was proud to host the annual CSULB BUILD Research Symposium on September 10, 2021. This year's Symposium was the first BUILD in-person event since campus closure in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New BUILD Scholars and Fellows concluded their eight week SURGE summer research experience by presenting their research to their peers, family, BUILD mentors and BUILD staff in two separate poster sessions. This was a first and important step to their success as they pursue a...

August 2021

Week of Welcome Fall 2021
Beach Pride Events is proud to present “Week of Welcome” at Long Beach State University (LBSU)! Every semester, Week of Welcome (WoW) helps students make connections, join clubs and organizations, learn about university resources and so much more. This year we are excited for WoW to return as an in-person event.

May 2021

2020 BUILD Virtual Commencement
The BUILD program will celebrate the success of trainees on Friday, May 7th, 2020 at the second BUILD Virtual Commencement 2020. This commencement will be held online using Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we may not able to share the joy and pride we feel with our students in person, we are still able to commemorate and recongnize their accomplishments as we send another cohort of future Ph.D.s into the world.  

April 2021

Week of RSCA
The Week of Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) is set to have its inaugural start in 2021. This event will focus on highlighting some of the amazing work currently being done across the CSULB campus by students, staff, and faculty. We hope to show the immense value and importance that the projects have not only on the campus but also within local communities. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with presenters, have dialogues regarding various scientific and social...