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BUILD Research Training Program Gets Underway

Less than one year since CSULB was awarded a five-year, $24 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the university has already made huge strides in engaging students in the initiative.

Instructor leads student session on Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)

Chi-Ah Chun, Program Director for Student Training Core

Approximately 48 upper division students have begun their experience with the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Project this summer and 35 lower division students will start this fall. Alongside the undergraduates are five graduate student mentors who help guide this educational experience.

In addition, 11 faculty members from the colleges of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Health and Human Services and Liberal Arts have submitted proposals for small grants to expose these students to real-world research that will improve the quality of life and health of individuals, families and communities.

Paul Weers leads classroom discussion

Paul Weers from Chemistry and Biochemistry leads classroom discussion.

The BUILD grant supports the development and implementation of an undergraduate research training program designed to prepare underrepresented students to enter research doctoral programs in a broad array of biomedically-related areas. BUILD funding supports student outreach efforts, faculty training opportunities, student research program development, faculty-mentored student research, and research partnership cultivation to provide cross-campus research opportunities and a sustainable research infrastructure.

BUILD Students lined up

CSULB BUILD students

The program will create a pipeline for those population groups most underrepresented in biomedical research: first-generation-educated racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Increasing the number of underrepresented individuals in biomedical research is imperative to best serve the nation's diverse population and its complex health challenges and CSULB is perfectly positioned to make a noticeable impact.

 

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