Committee on Project SEED

What We Do

The ACS Committee on Project SEED sets policy and strategic planning for all Project SEED programs.


The mission of the Committee on Project SEED is to ensure the quality, sustainability, and growth of the Project SEED Programs.


Empowering students through transformative research experiences.


  1. Foster sustainability of Project SEED.
  2. Identify and establish working relationships with stakeholders to promote growth.
  3. Identify, implement, and promote essential elements of a high quality SEED program.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Attend all Committee meetings to represent the interests of the ACS membership in the design and execution of the SEED programs and serve on subcommittees as needed.
  • Review of applications from preceptors for student research projects and decision of level of funding.
  • Promotion of awareness and recognition of Project SEED within ACS, the scientific community, and the general public.
  • Review of applications for an award of college scholarships designated for former Project SEED students.
  • Promote and encourage participation in SEED programs through interaction with attendees, as well as in your local section.
  • Assist the ACS Development office to solicit funding for student fellowships from corporations, foundations, and individual ACS members.
  • Advise the Project SEED chair and SEED staff of opportunities and challenges.
  • Participation in long- and short-range planning of programs for Project SEED.

Chair's Role

  • Provide vision and guidance to the Committee on Project SEED.
  • Initiate discussions on various aspects of Project SEED programs with committee members and staff.
  • Seek opinions of committee members in areas of growth, concern.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Project SEED programs to the Society Committee on Education (SOCED), ACS governance, members at large, and the public.
  • Communicate with Project SEED staff on a regular basis regarding progress of programs.

Who We Are

The Committee on Project SEED is a Society Committee that works in an advisory status to the American Chemical Society Project SEED Program. Project SEED is composed of ACS members who have experience and/or interest in the Project SEED program. Project SEED members need not be ACS Councilors.

Members of the Project SEED are appointed by the ACS President and may serve for 1-2 years as an associate, and up to 2, 3-year terms as a member.  The Chair of SEED is appointed for a one-year term and may serve as Chair for a maximum of three consecutive one-year terms (3 years).  Associate members of project SEED are appointed for one-year terms.  If an associate member of Project SEED is appointed as a member of Project SEED, time spent as an associate member does not count against the member term limit.

  • Subcommittee on Selection – Oversees the application and selection process of Project SEED summer program projects and/or participants.
  • Subcommittee on Scholarships – Oversees the Project SEED college scholarship program.
  • Subcommittee on Awareness and Expansion – Identifies and pursues opportunities to increase the visibility of Project SEED and the number of active Project SEED sites.
  • Subcommittee on Awards – Focuses on recognition of Project SEED volunteers by selecting candidates or finalists for ACS Fellow nominations or ChemLuminary awards.  It may launch new recognitions or recognition programs as well.
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Contact Us

For more information about Project SEED, email us or call (202) 872-4380.