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About the ACS Committee on Project SEED

The ACS Committee on Project SEED sets policy for all Project SEED programs, including review of Project SEED I and II program applications for student research projects, funding decisions, review of Project SEED college scholarship applications, and nominations for ChemLuminary Awards and Fellow nominations associated with Project SEED.

From the Project SEED Committee Chair, Don Warner:

On behalf of members of the ACS Committee on Project SEED: Welcome!

ACS staff and Project SEED Committee members have put this manual together to make your first year in the committee as smooth as possible. In it, you will find a description of the SEED activities our committee oversees, the committee structure, a description of each subcommittee, the committee’s strategic plan, and how the committee fits into the ACS governance structure.

The mission of Project SEED is to ensure that students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of chemically-related sciences. Project SEED just celebrated its 50th year! In that time, it has grown into a prominent national program that serves more than 400 students at over 100 institutions each year! The committee also offers an array of college scholarships for SEED students. Since its inception, SEED mentors have worked with more than 10,000 students. Based on testimony and feedback from scores of these students, the committee and staff know how critically important SEED has been to so many lives and careers.

You have joined the committee at an exciting time. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary at the Fall 2018 ACS National Meeting in Boston with a fantastic symposium, reception, and other events that were fun and well received. In Boston, we also celebrated the retirement of Cecilia Hernandez, Project SEED’s ACS staff liaison for the past 18 years. We will most certainly miss Cecilia and her contributions.  We are fortunate to have an energetic and talented new liaison, Dr. Racquel Jemison, who will help coordinate our efforts as we begin Project SEED’s next 50 years.

During the next year, the SEED committee is planning for the future by strengthening SEED programs and ensuring continued growth so that all potential SEED students have these significant opportunities. Particularly, the committee will focus its efforts to increase the number of participating students and mentors, increase student fellowships, identify program sites across all fifty states, and increase the program’s visibility. To help facilitate these lofty goals, a strategic planning retreat involving a subset of committee members is being planned for this coming summer.

Project SEED’s 50th Anniversary greatly increased the program’s awareness amongst ACS members and the public alike. Thus, Project SEED committee is perfectly positioned to translate this increased exposure to achieving our goals. To that end, we welcome you aboard and look forward to your active participation as we move forward!