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NMC announces fourth year of recruitment for BUILD EXITO program (January 30, 2018)

Northern Marianas College, in collaboration with Portland State University, is announcing its fourth round of recruitment for students interested in participating in the BUILD EXITO program.

The BUILD EXITO program is an undergraduate research training program funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that is geared towards training students/scholars who are interested in conducting scientific research in biomedical, bioengineering, behavioral, clinical, health, and social topics.

“We challenge our students to pursue their academic goals and interests through programs like BUILD EXITO,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “Opportunities like BUILD EXITO can serve as a foundation for our students to practice skills related to their future careers/interests in scientific fields.”

The goals of the program are to help engage scholars in finding solutions to today’s major health problems and to give them an opportunity to have hands-on, paid research experience. Participating scholars will have the opportunity to receive a stipend of over $1,000 per month, receive faculty and peer mentoring, and attend Portland State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

To be eligible to participate in the program, applicants must meet the following requirements: 1) be either U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals, 2) be full-time undergraduate students at NMC, 3) have at least three years remaining in their degree program (projected graduation date no earlier than Spring 2020), and 4) have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The application deadline is February 14, 2018. Application information can be found on

For further information about BUILD EXITO, contact Charlotte Cepeda, NMC School of Education director, at [email protected].

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