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STEM BUILD at UMBC is an undergraduate success initiative and research study at UMBC funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). UMBC is investigating ways to enhance the diversity and success of students who have the goal of pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Three Cores

The overall STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative is built upon three primary cores – student training, research enrichment, and institutional change. UMBC is one of ten lead institutions in Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), which is one of three initiatives in the nation’s NIH Diversity Program Consortium. In October 2014, UMBC was awarded over $18 million to create a national model of comprehensive support to expand and increase the success of students in STEM.

Innovation & Integration

STEM BUILD at UMBC combines innovation with leveraging effective components of existing UMBC programs to create a multifaceted new student support model. It builds on the best that UMBC has to offer, from the supportive peer networks of our living-learning communities to the applied learning and internship placements of the Shriver Center. The initiative builds on the rigorous undergraduate research preparation that is a hallmark of the MARC U*STAR program, McNair Scholars Program, and our partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It expands the community college partnerships of the Gates STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative and the proactive mentorship of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and much more.


The five-year project includes collaborations with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Howard Community College (HCC), Montgomery College (MC), and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), Gallaudet University, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  In Summer 2017, the BUILD a Bridge to STEM Summer Internship will offer internships to its third cohort of students who will be nominated by institutional representatives from its five collaborating community colleges and Gallaudet University.

BUILD Training Program (BTP) Cohorts

We are very pleased that 20 additional freshmen and transfer students who are new to UMBC will join STEM BUILD as members of the third Cohort for the 2017-2018 academic year.  These students will join BTP Trainees participating in Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 of the STEM BUILD at UMBC’s BUILD Training Program.