The Research Education Component Core (REC) supports AD-RCMAR Scientists via DEIA-grounded mentorship, education, career development activities and resources to attain independent research careers and leadership skills. The Research Education Component Core, 1) Identifies, recruits and trains annually at least three outstanding Scientists primarily from underrepresented groups to conduct research aligned with the Center’s focus; 2) Provide DEIA-grounded training and research support, a core educational curriculum, team-based mentoring, linkage to resources and collaboration opportunities, and regular evaluation.