Project SEED Strategic Plan

Mission

The mission of the Committee on Project SEED is to ensure the quality, sustainability, and growth of the Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) Programs.

Vision

Empowering students through transformative research experiences.

Overview

ACS Project SEED program has been active since 1968 and has served over 10,000 students since its inception.  It has been most successful in places that have a well-developed academic/industrial chemical base and where there are one or more people willing to work as coordinators and/or mentors. Since 1993, over 650 SEED Scholarships have been awarded to former SEED students attending college for chemistry-related degrees.

There is a passion for chemistry in the broadest sense amongst the coordinators and mentors, and the program seeks to instill that passion in high school students through their summer research. Thus, the program educates students by involving them in research, promoting innovation, and addressing issues that face many of today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

There is a focus on members through the contributions of the many volunteers as financial donors, coordinators, mentors, and active members of the Committee on Project SEED.

The program promotes professionalism as coordinators and mentors work with high school students to expose them to the professional life of chemistry, to its approach to problem solving, and to its ethical use to address problems facing today’s world.

The program impacts the lives of a diverse audience of economically disadvantaged students who ultimately become chemical professionals because of the Project SEED opportunity.

Goals

  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.