Courtney McDermott is a PhD student in the Neuroscience & Cell Biology department at Rutgers RWJMS. She currently works in the laboratory of Dr. DiCicco-Bloom studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She graduated from Queens College, NY, in Spring 2018 and received a BA in Neuroscience-Biology. Throughout her undergraduate years, she worked in Dr. Carolyn Pytte's behavioral neuroscience laboratory, was a member of the MARC-U-STAR honors program, participated in two summer undergraduate research programs (Rutgers & Boston Children's Hospital), served as a Peer Mentor in the HSI-STEM program, and contributed to a scientific commentary published in a peer-reviewed journal (JNeuroSci). She attributes her success in pursuing her career goals to the mentoring she received as an undergraduate student and is happy to serve as a mentor to the next generation of scientists.