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What kinds of chemistry projects are taking place in Project SEED?

Every summer more than 400 high school students experience what it’s like to work as a chemist. They conduct hands-on research like the projects described below in academic, industrial and governmental laboratories.
Meet some of the 2017 Project SEED participants.

Sumar Beauti graduated from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. Beauti conducted research titled “Epoxy Networks for Triplet-Triplet Annihilation” under the guidance of Joseph Lott at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. Beauti is majoring in biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Janiel Cortes graduated from Barrington High School in Carpentersville, Ill. Cortes conducted research titled “The Application of Carbenes as Hydrogenation Catalysts” under the mentorship of James Devery at Loyola University Chicago. Cortes is majoring in chemistry at Loyola.

Jessica Grabowski graduated from Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Del. Under the mentorship of Mariah Woodroof at the University of Delaware, Newark, Grabowski conducted research titled “Cation Effect of Benzyltrimethylammonium & Tetramethylammonium on Pt & NiMo/C electrodes in an Alkaline Environment.” She is majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware.

Brian Foster graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. He conducted research titled “PC+PBT Makroblend Product Transfer Evaluation Study” under the guidance of Marie Urick and Robyn Francis at Covestro in Pittsburgh. He is majoring in chemistry and biochemistry at Princeton University.

Beili Huang graduated from Natomas High School in Sacramento. Huang conducted research titled “Enzymatic DNA Repair” under the mentorship of Sheila David at the University of California, Davis. Huang is majoring in chemical engineering at the University of California, Davis.

Michael Lee graduated from Southside High School in Alabama. He conducted research titled “Thermal Pyrolysis of Tarballs from 2010 BP Oil Disaster” under the mentorship of Jan Gryko at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He is majoring in chemical engineering at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama.


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