For this CSULB BUILD post, I interviewed one of the program’s students about her experience with BUILD.
Becoming a successful scientist is a team effort. A community of mentors, teachers, colleagues, friends, family members, and others train and mold future scientists through internships, science courses, hands-on research, emotional support and more.
That’s where the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program can greatly help. It provides a variety of educational opportunities, training, and near-peer and faculty mentorship to students who might not have considered pursuing a career in research. A major goal of the BUILD program is to provide a supportive environment for students while they explore their scientific interests and gain valuable research experience.
Wilma Figueroa, a Year Two Scholar in the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) BUILD program, is an excellent example of how this National Institutes of Health funded program can make a positive impact on the lives of promising college students.