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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.

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.


BUILD PODER Student Lorena Melendez is selected as EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar

Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholar Lorena Melendez on being selected to join the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars, a national program that prepares the next generation of health equity and social justice leaders! Read more..

Spring 2019 Honor Roll

August 23, 2019

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Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholars and Trainees who not only completed the rigors of their research, but went above and beyond in their academic excellence! Read more

PODER Means Power: CSUN BUILD PODER Graduating Seniors Share Stories of Empowerment

June 27, 2019


Seven BUILD PODER seniors from the class of 2019 share their stories of empowerment as they move forward in their journey as scientists! Students featured in the order of appearance: Esteban Bautista, Angelica Alberto, Christian Sotelo, Federico Prokopczuk, Victoria Womble, Erick Perez and Andrezonae Johnson. BUILD PODER is an NIH-funded biomedical research training program at California State University, Northridge. Read more

Fall 2018 Honor Roll

February 22, 2019

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Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholars and Trainees who not only completed the rigors of their research, but went above and beyond in their academic excellence.  Read more


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