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 fifth 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 Research Student Application Deadline: October 25, 2020


BUILD-NIH Application

BUILD Freshmen Shadowing Applications- Closed

BUILD Technician Application

BUILD Mentoring Application 


Only students who are planning to graduate in May of 2022 or May 2023 can apply. 

NIH guidelines dictate that you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident to apply

Eligible Majors:

Computer Science
Data Science
Public Health Sciences    

If you are selected for an interview, 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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