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The National Institutes of Health's BUILD PODER (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity - Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research) is a program at California State University Northridge in partnership with five community colleges in the LACC District. Our pipeline partner institutions include East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Mission College, Pierce College and Pasadena City College. This university initiative aims to close the achievement gap and to increase the number of students from historically underrepresented communities in biomedical research degrees. 

BUILD PODER takes in Critical Race Theory (CRT) framework that is committed to social justice and social change incorporation the unique experiences of historically underrepresented students. 

BUILD PODER is a hands-on and paid undergraduate research program, usually a one- or up to three-year mentored program, for continuing community college students and for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the biomedical, STEM or health field.  



  • Must be a full-time faculty
  • Must participate in the Winter training
  • Mentor gets benefits too! (See attachment on how to apply to become a mentor and the benefits you receive)

The following links will take you to our current Community College and CSUN mentor list, that also contains a brief description of each of the mentor's research project. This can assist you in writing your biomedically relevant STEM research project proposal as part of your BUILD PODER Faculty Mentor application.

Community College Mentor List:


CSUN BUILD PODER PIPELINE PARTNER MENTORS Armando Rivera-Figueroa, STEM/MESA, Chemistry Janice Velazquez, Family and Consumer Science The purpose of the research will ...

CSUN Mentor List:

College of Health & Human Development Department of Child ...

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  •  3.0 Cumulative GPA or higher 
  • Must be a full-time student (12 units) at the time of applying and while in the program
  •  Attend at least one of our pipeline partner schools (ELAC, LAVC, LAMC, Pierce, and/or PCC)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident 
  • Must have an interest in the biomedical, STEM, and/or health field and research careers

Benefits include: 

  • Learning how to conduct hands-on research under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • A monthly paycheck of $734 Research funds to cover research materials 
  • Travel Funds to cover travel expenses to present at National Conferences
  • Professional development
  • Private Tutoring
  • Guidance on graduate admission application 

 Informational Sessions for Students: 

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12PM in the Transfer Center Counseling Department
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 9AM in the Transfer Center Counseling Department


Application Submission Cycle: January 1, 2017 - March 3, 2017