The CT Convergence Institute Welcomes the 2019 BUILDing Scholars

2019 BUILD Scholars
 2019 BUILD Scholars

The Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative provides awards to undergraduate institutions across the country to implement and study innovative approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research. In 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) granted 10 five-year BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) awards. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) was one of the 10 core institutions to receive the award which led to the formation of the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity: Southwest Consortium of Health-Oriented Education Leaders and Research Scholars (BUILDing Scholars) program. Under the UTEP BUILD award, there are 13 Research partners, with UConn being the only academic institution from the northeast.


BUILDing Scholar Research Mentor UConn Health Department
Isaac Gandara Anne Delany Molecular Oncology
Diana Moreno Leslie Caromile Vascular Biology
Nickolas Ortiz Raj Verma Neuroscience
Priscilla Parada David Steffens Psychiatry
Margarita Romero Henry Smilowitz Cell Biology