Jessalyn Gerber is from Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2018, where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology within the Honors College. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the National Service Fraternity, and she served as a biology peer mentor. Jessalyn also worked as a lab technician in the genetics teaching lab, where she cared for Drosophila melanogaster and prepared materials for student’s lab exercises. Jessalyn has also been a foster sister for the past 6 years. Jessalyn chose Rutgers because as the first and only program in New Jersey, the program offers unique opportunities that can only be found in New Jersey. In addition, she felt that the faculty were extremely caring and invested in the success of their students, and that the program had an overwhelmingly positive and inviting atmosphere.