Learn about BUILD EXITO

The BUILD EXITO Model aims to identify students early in their college career and engage them in finding solutions to today's major health problems. Student gets the skills and support they need to pursue research careers in a variety disciplines.

BUILD EXITO is an undergraduate research-training program that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers. PSU received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a center for innovation to help undergraduates, including those from diverse backgrounds, be successful in health research careers.

The BUILD EXITO Model aims to identify students early in their college career and engage them in finding solutions to today's major health problems. Students must plan to be enrolled at PSU or one our BUILD EXITO partnering community colleges and universities  and then apply to BUILD EXITO.  BUILD EXITO Scholars will have hands-on research experience at every stage of their undergraduate education. 

Students get accepted when they have three years left to degree completion.  During their first summer in the program, they spend a week together at our New Scholar Orientation where they get an overview of the program, a chance to learn from incredible researchers, and the opportunity to build relationships with the other students in their cohort.  After summer orientation, Scholars spend their first year attending enrichment sessions and working with a faculty and peer mentor at their institution.  They also take a Gateway to Research Course that lays the foundation for successful entrance into a Research Learning Community.  After the first year in the program, students are matched with a Research Learning Community and participate in a Summer Induction Program that introduces them to their RLC and continues building on their research skills.  The last two years* of the program involve additional enrichment opportunities, mentoring, and more opportunities for hands-on research.  Financial benefits and compensation are available for Scholars but details vary by institution.  

* The BUILD EXITO research training program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Program activities and financial benefits may change subject to continued grant or other funding availability.