BUILD PODER

BUILD PODER

Welcome to BUILD PODER!

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER) is a large undergraduate biomedical research training program established in 2014 by a $22 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Under the auspices of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), BUILD PODER is one of ten NIH-funded BUILD sites that train undergraduates to become biomedical researchers. Along with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC), BUILD sites coordinate their activities and data to develop a national database of best practices.

Why PODER? 
PODER stands for Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research. Poder also means “power” or “to be able to" in Spanish. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT), we focus on social justice and reducing health disparities in communities. CRT is the basis for many programmatic activities including the student Summer JumpStart program and faculty mentor training. At BUILD PODER, we believe that when we diversify the biomedical workforce, researchers will generate innovative and relevant research questions, methods, and interpretations that will lead to health equity. 

BUILD PODER is sustained by the formation of a new Health Equity Research and Education (HERE) Center that supports 4 cluster-hired faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in engaging undergraduates in biomedical research.

 
Spotlights

March 2 Application Deadline to Join BUILD PODER's Fourth Cohort Approaches

February 19, 2018

Applications Now Open sign

California State University, Northridge’s only social justice-based undergraduate biomedical research training program BUILD PODER is recruiting 75 new CSUN and community college students for its fourth cohort, to enter the program this summer. Students at CSUN and at one of BUILD PODER’s four community college pipeline partners—Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Pierce College, East Los Angeles College and Pasadena City College—majoring in the biological, life, health, physical and social sciences as well as engineering, computer science and math can apply online by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2018. Read more

Celebrating National Mentoring Month with #MyBUILDMentor!

January 17, 2018

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Mentorship can be a critical component in a young person’s life. A mentor empowers their mentee to make smart choices, putting them on the path to making good decisions in their career and in life. Mentoring is a central component in the National Institutes of Health’s national BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) initiative, which trains undergraduates in biomedical research with the goal of diversifying the scientific research workforce... Read more

#MyBUILDMentor Spotlight - CSUN Biology Professor David Bermudes

January 17, 2018

David Bermudes CSUN bio professor headshot

"In an effort to help the public and members of the Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) identify what they find when they go mushroom hunting, California State University, Northridge biologyprofessor David Bermudes and mycologist Florence Nishida are co-teaching a monthly “Beginner Mushroom Identification” course, every third Monday at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology — the study of mushrooms and fungi." Read more

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