sciencePomona College student in Cognitive Sciences, Melissa was named America’s Top Young Scientist by Discovery 3M, in addition to receiving the Smart Kids with LD Youth Achievement Award and Buick Achievers Scholarship ($25,000 per year for college). Melissa also designed and co-organized Summer Science Camp for Girls which is now in its 3rd year.

Melissa also shares that she wasn’t able to read until the 4th grade, but that she was always curious and interested in science – and these traits were more important for her success in scientific and scholarships than her challenges with reading and spelling.