Laboni is observing a plankton sample through a phase microscope.
Laboni Islam is a Bengali student that attends Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She is currently a junior and in her second year of the Advanced Science Research (ASR) program. ASR is a three year college level course directed by Charlene Chan. ASR teaches students to write grant proposals, find a mentor ship with professors in New York to create a project together, develop presentations and public speaking skills, participate in science competitions and further expand their knowledge in science. She in also part of Double Discovery Center (DDC), a college readiness program at Columbia University. Laboni is interested in marine biology and conducts field work with her mentor on weekends.