The American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program gives economically disadvantaged high school students a unique opportunity to spend 8 to 10 weeks in the summer working side-by-side with scientists to conduct hands-on research.
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Melanie Wiley is pursuing a medical degree and a doctorate (M.D./Ph.d) at the Medical University of South Carolina. At the end of Melanie's first year of medical school, she was tested for autism. She found out she is on the autism spectrum. Melanie took a year off to learn a whole new way to think about how she learns and processes things. She didn't take a break from science. She worked with child and adolescent psychiatrist Frampton Gwynette, M.D. on a study of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a possible treatment for depression in autistic adults. Dr. Gwynette said, "I learned more about autism from Wiley than any book or article I have read. She is so talented and hardworking and yet also willing to be vulnerable by sharing her personal struggles for the benefit of others."
During her time away from medical school, Melanie started a program for autistic children called the Project Rex Hangout and became a mentor. She serves as chair of the Autism Society of South Carolina. She also started a campus organization for students with disabilities called the Alliance for Disability Advocacy. Meanwhile she is preparing for her dissertation defense and will return to medical school. Like so many Project SEED students before her, she is giving back to her community in some impressive ways.
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