Project SEED Student Eligibility

Do you like science? Are you interested in learning about what scientists really do in their laboratories? The 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. Find out how you can get exposure to chemistry, prepare for college, and learn about science career paths.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Project SEED program, you must meet specific academic and family income requirements, and demonstrate the potential to work in a chemical laboratory. A SEED program must be available in your location to participate. Applicants who are physically disabled are considered on the same basis as any other applicant and may not be discriminated against in any way.

Academic Requirements

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school and who have completed at least one high school chemistry course are eligible to apply.

Family Income Requirements

You must be recognized as economically disadvantaged to be considered for Project SEED. Preference is given to students whose maximum family income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ( based on family size.

Student Responsibilities

Project SEED students are expected to learn as much as possible about assigned projects, be engaged and interested, and submit a final report based on their experience. Students will be asked to conduct research, which may involve making new compounds, collecting data or working with instruments and computers. The program requires students to submit a report based on their experiences and complete a follow-up survey. Students may also be required to give an oral presentation describing the project and what they have learned.

Just as in any workplace setting, students are expected to be good employees, work every day, show up on time, and dress appropriately for the laboratory environment. They also are expected to maintain a good attitude toward work, use the safety training provided and share any concerns about work with mentors or program coordinators.


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