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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).

The 2018-2019 STEM BUILD application is now closed.

STEM BUILD at UMBC received a large volume of applications for Cohort 4 and the review of the applications (and responses to each application’s four essay questions) has taken much longer than anticipated. We are working on the selection process for groups 1, 2 and 3 and will send out notifications on a rolling basis as soon as possible. We hope to begin notifications between April 20 and 23.

Thank you for your patience.

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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 2018, the BUILD a Bridge to STEM Summer Internship will offer internships to its fourth cohort of students who will be nominated by institutional representatives from its five collaborating community colleges, Gallaudet University, and Morgan State University.

BUILD Training Program (BTP) Cohorts

We anticipate that the total number BUILD Training Program Trainees will increase to 80 after students are accepted into Cohort 4 for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The total number of BTP Trainees in Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 for the 2017-2018 academic year is 60 students.