In addition to providing students with a year-round research experience, PEAQS students also gain access to strong networks and role models, professional development opportunities, and mentoring to help the students develop their identities as scientists and prepare them for STEM careers. Through PEAQS’s cross institution exchange program, students get exposed to not only new scientific tools and techniques, but they broaden their peer and mentoring network. Additionally, PEAQS provides students opportunities to organize and coordinate workshops, gaining them skills necessary for their future careers including leadership, communication, and professional development. Finally, PEAQS students are able to pass on their knowledge and excitement about their research to their local communities through PEAQS’ numerous outreach programs. For more information on PEAQS educational activities, please visit PEAQS.org/education-outreach.