Student Training Core (STC)
The Student Training Core expands the number of hands-on biomedical research opportunities offered to Xavier students. In close collaboration with the Career Advancement Center, this core also coordinates a number of activities designed to educate freshman and sophomore students about the variety of possible biomedical research careers they can pursue. The Student Training Core activities allow students to gradually increase their involvement in biomedical research, based on their level of interest. Both Freshmen and Sophomores are given opportunities to explore research labs at Xavier. The “Freshman Open House” allows Freshmen to visit different research labs, while Sophomores can apply to shadow a current research student on campus. The shadowing experiences allow students to observe day-to-day activities in a research environment. This core provides a continuous two-year research training opportunity to students selected as BUILD Scholars. The Scholars are selected at the end of their sophomore year and start their research projects in the summer before their junior year. In addition to the BUILD Scholars, a number of students are selected as BUILD Research Students to perform research on campus for a period of one year with potential for competitive renewal for a second year.