Donate to ACS Project SEED

The ACS Project SEED program offers bright, economically disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to experience college-level chemistry research first-hand.

The foundation of this paid summer fellowship is the placement of talented students in academic, industrial or governmental laboratories under the guidance of volunteer scientist mentors. Students conduct research, write reports, and present their findings at scientific meetings, helping them gain confidence, networking experience and further insight into scientific careers.

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ACS Project SEED students describe their research experiences at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras. 

Project SEED is a high-impact investment

More than 10,000 students have experienced research since ACS Project SEED was founded in 1968, and the impacts have been phenomenal. Results from participation surveys show that:

  • 82% of students come from families with incomes of $35,000 or less
  • 89% say the program helped them decide to continue their education beyond high school
  • 97% say it helped them develop new skills and abilities
  • 67% say Project SEED led them to consider pursuing a career in science
  • Alumni are established in careers as process engineers, chemistry teachers, chemical engineers, and pharmaceutical leadership and sales

How you can help

Project SEED students receive a $2,500 fellowship during their first summer. Students returning for a second summer may earn $3,000. The fellowship amounts are aligned with other internships in the field. By providing a paid summer research experience, ACS wants to send a positive message to students that jobs in the chemistry field will give them an opportunity to have a rewarding career and earn a good living.

Your donation may provide a single student this valuable experience, or may be joined with gifts from others to support a student. Larger gifts may be added to the ACS Project SEED Endowment or be used to fund additional students. ACS provides 100% of administrative costs for this program, meaning that your entire donation is directed to students. 

More about ACS Project SEED

Student stories

You can make a major difference in a young person's life by making a donation to ACS Project SEED.

$2,500 supports a student during a summer research fellowship

$300 supports one week of research

$60 supports one day of research

Student testimonial

Yingqi (Linda) Lin
Courtesy Yingqi Lin.

"Project SEED exposed me to a very academic college environment, and now I'm even more excited to hopefully attend college next year as a first generation college student... My career goal is now to become a scientific researcher who designs and synthesizes new drugs to aid disease treatment and prevention."

Yingqi (Linda) Lin, 2016 ACS Project SEED participant

ACS is designated as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution to the American Chemical Society is tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 53-0196572.