What are BUILD and Project Pathways?

The BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) Program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This highly-innovative initiative was designed as a set of experimental training awards made to ten institutions of higher education to study and implement effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research careers. The ultimate goal of this NIGMS Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) program is to address the lack of diversity in the biomedical research workforce and prepare a diverse group of future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. Xavier’s Program, Project Pathways, now in its seventh year, focuses on the various pathways to success for students in the biomedical sciences, bringing together both academic areas and academic support areas to provide students with a holistic program that better prepares them for a research career.


BUILD-NIH Application* - Closed

BUILD Shadowing Applications- Closed

BUILD Technician Application- Closed

BUILD Mentoring Application- Please contact Dr. Foorozesh 



*Only students graduating in May 2023 through May 2024 are eligible to apply for BUILD undergraduate research. NIH guidelines dictate that you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident to apply

All students are eligible for Research Shadowing 


Eligible Majors:

Biology Biochemistry Bioinformatics
Chemistry    Computer Science Data Science
Math Neuroscience Psychology
Physics Public Health Sciences     Sociology


If you are selected for an interview as a candidate for the BUILD Undergraduate program, you will be notified by email before the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Interviews will be held in December by Zoom and final results will be announced in the Spring semester.   

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