The latest news from SF BUILD


Designing a biomedical coding program focused on inclusivity and agency

April 15, 2021 — Black Lives Matter protests and outcries to transform academic structures led to the creation of SF BUILD's Virtual BUILD Research Collaboratory, an online summer program focused on diversity and inclusion.


Turning Anger Into Action: Minority Students Analyze COVID Data on Racial Disparities

August 12, 2020 — Minority students, whose communities suffer disproportinately throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mobilize to pursue biomedical careers in hopes of closing the gap on data on racial disparities.

New SF BUILD-funded study shows importance of inclusive science 

March 4, 2020 — Lead author Cathy Samayoa, an adjunct assistant professor at SF State and former SF BUILD core leader, discusses her work recruiting Latina breast cancer survivors to a biomedical study in an SF State News article. 

SF BUILD Scholar wins presentation award at ABRCMS conference

Jan. 24, 2020 — SF BUILD Scholar Steven Lomeli credits his success to his martial-arts discipline and mentor support.

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"Lab Partners" — an SF State Magazine feature about SF BUILD

Dec. 10, 2019 — A four-page article in SF State's magazine focuses on SF BUILD efforts to create a more welcoming space in science.

SF BUILD and USCF receive $14.8 million to continue the SF BUILD program 

Aug. 8, 2019 — The National Institutes of Health will fund the SF BUILD program for an additional five years. The announcement was picked up by KRON and Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.

New SF State News story about the Alma Project

July 16, 2019 — A new story on the SF State News website focuses on the Alma Project, which is funded through SF BUILD. Recent graduate Khanh Tran was quoted in the article, as well as recent graduate Imani Davis and student Mireya Arreguin, both SF BUILD scholars. 

SF BUILD Assistant Directors Speak at 2019 Pacific Student Research Symposium

May 10, 2019 — Dr. Kelechi Uwaezuoke (Assistant Director Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnerships) and Dr. Audrey Parangan-Smith (Assistant Director) shared their stories as keynote speakers at the 2019 Pacific Student Research Symposium. Drs. Uwaezuoke and Parangan-Smith discussed their life paths and role models in science, as well as their commitment to increasing diversity in STEM.  

Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña reflects on being an ICCE Faculty Fellow

May 7, 2019 — As she completes her time as an ICCE Faculty Fellow, Dr. Márquez-Magaña reflects on her experience and her story in the May ICCE newsletter.

Faculty Agents of Change member Federico Ardila awarded a Simons Fellowship

May 6, 2019 — Professor of Mathematics Federico Ardila, a member of the Faculty Agents of Change group, was awarded a 2019 Simons Fellowship to advance his international collaborations. Ardila is this year's only awardee from a non-Ph.D.-granting institution. 

Study reveals the hidden contributions of women to science

Feb. 7, 2019 — Research funded by SF BUILD and published in the journal Genetics was covered by the Atlanticthe San Francisco Chronicle, and KCBS. In the study, researchers showed that female programmers made substantial contributions to the field of theoretical population genetics — but historically, they were often mentioned only in acknowledgements sections of research papers rather than being credited as authors. Co-author and SF State Assistant Professor of Biology Rori Rohlfs received funding for the research through the SF BUILD Faculty Agents of Change group to implement a collaborative research model for undergraduate students. All seven of the students she worked with, now SF State alumni, are co-authors on the paper.

Students combine science and social consciousness

Dec. 17, 2018 - Patrick Monahan from SF State News interviews SF BUILD scholars Thai Hill, Jake Gibson, and Alexandra Shiffer.

Featured Scholar: Bethany Morin

Congratulation to Bethany Kristi Morin and her mentor, Dr. Joseph Chen for winning top poster award in microbiology at the 2017 ABRCMS conference!

Maria Contreras: BUILD Scholar Uses Research Success as Weapon Against Stereotype Threat

Along with supporting research and career development activities, SF BUILD offers education and training to assist students and their faculty mentors, in creating a productive research environment, and maintaining a healthy mentor/mentee relationship.

SF BUILD Scholar Prepared For Challenges Of Graduate Programs

This spring, the first cohort of SF BUILD Scholars received letters of acceptance to top graduate programs across the country. Being accepted into graduate school is a milestone in the lives of these SFSU students and great news for SF BUILD faculty and staff at SFSU and UCSF who have been working to prepare these students for the next step in their biomedical science careers.


Last Updated: April 25, 2021