The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program offers students multiple avenues for leadership and personal growth.

Chris Zachary at ABRCMS
Former IMSD Fellow Chris Zachary on stage with Dr. Avery August at the 2019 ABRCMS Opening Ceremonies in Anaheim, California.


One opportunity the MARC/IMSD program provides 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.

Peer Mentorship

MARC/IMSD students receive individualized mentoring and advising from the MARC/IMSD Faculty Mentors, MARC/IMSD Graduate Fellows, MARC/IMSD Peer Mentors, and MARC/IMSD Staff. These groups help participants find their way in science, answer questions and troubleshoot the struggles that inevitably arise in college.

Peer Mentors are upper-class students who serves as a resource, a helping handing, a sounding board, and a referral service. Each mentor provides useful advice to their mentees to help them acclimate to the University, succeed academically, and pursue their careers in the field of biomedical research.

“One of the great things about Peer Mentors is that they have had at least two years of being in the program. They really serve as allies, advocates and coaches for incoming students while helping them maximize their undergraduate research experiences.”

MARC/IMSD students receive individualized mentoring and advising services
Former IMSD Fellow and Peer Mentor Jaylon Ball at his weekly meeting with mentee Lolade Ayedun.

Peer Mentors

Zayd Al Rawi

Zayd Al Rawi

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Chris Lorson, Veterinary Pathobiology
Brendan Ball

Brendan Ball

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Habib Zaghouani, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Alex Becks

Alex Becks

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Anand Chandrasekhar, Biological Sciences
Clayton Ivie

Clayton Ivie

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Secondary Education
  • Faculty Mentor: Jacqueline Limberg, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
Lydia Jefferson

Lydia Jefferson

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Alba Argerich, School of Natural Resources

 

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Senior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Erika Boerman, Medical Pharmacology & Physiology
Dominique Joseph

Dominique Joseph

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Senior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Phillips, Biochemistry
Alisha Perry

Alisha Perry

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Senior

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Parks, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

 

Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams

Current Fellow & Peer Mentor - Junior

  • Major: Physics & Math
  • Faculty Mentor: Yicheng Guo, Physics & Astronomy