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MARC/IMSD offers students multiple avenues for leadership and personal growth. One opportunity is support to attend a scientific conference to present research from their laboratory experience. These conferences expose students to a wider variety of research and institutions while providing a valuable opportunity to network. Travel support is offered through MARC/IMSD, making the experience financially feasible.

Our program also allows participants to be leaders to future generations. Activities, such as an after-school science program started by MARC/IMSD students in 2015, give participants a chance to reach out to middle school students in Columbia to share their love for science and engage in the community.