The BUILD Training Program (BTP) at UMBC is a two-year comprehensive program of financial and programmatic support made possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health. Current NIH Funding for STEM BUILD at UMBC ends June 30, 2024.
BTP targets promising students planning to pursue STEM majors and careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences who do not have other significant scholarship support.
Students accepted into this structured program will receive partial support for tuition expenses with a monthly stipend to be applied toward required summer activities, assigned campus housing, and other educational expenses. In addition to the financial support, other benefits include extensive advising, academic support, special programming, career exploration, and a series of BUILD group research opportunities as identified in the following table.
BTP Trainees commit to two summers and four academic semesters of activities before they transition to BTP Affiliate status, which offers programmatic support only. Incoming BTP Trainees are required to participate in a four-week, on-campus summer bridge with residency required on campus, and then reside in the STEM Living and Learning Community (LLC) in the following academic year. Second-year BTP Trainees are required to live in campus housing during the academic year but are not required to live in the STEM LLC. Campus housing is optional during the second summer only.