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ACS Project SEED Program

COVID-19 Update: After much consideration, the American Chemical Society has decided to cancel all Project SEED research for Summer 2020. In place of the traditional research model, ACS is curating and hosting a four-week virtual summer camp.

The 2020 program has ended. If you are interested in receiving a notification email when the 2021 application opens, please complete this short form to provide your contact details.

What Is Project SEED?

Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) is a paid summer internship program for high school students. For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors. Students learn about careers in chemistry and receive mentoring in college preparation and professional development.

Each year, 350+ students across the United States participate in chemistry-related research projects with scientists in various fields and industries. Since 1968, Project SEED has brought in more than 11,000 high school students to participate in research at academic, industry, and government labs across the United States and U.S. territories.  

Project SEED Mission

To ensure that students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of chemically-related sciences.

Find your local Project SEED host institution and program coordinator using our locator map.


The 2020 Student Application deadline is closed. Learn more about the 2020 Virtual Summer Camp.


Support students participating in valuable summer research experiences, and help them reach their true potential.

Making a Difference Through Project SEED

Watch this ACS webinar and download a PDF of the slides to learn more about Project SEED and how you can make a difference through a donation.

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50 Years of Project SEED by the Numbers  

50 years serving students

350+ participating institutions

11,000 students

40 U.S. states and territories

Join the ACS Project SEED community

Are you interested in ensuring the future of this program? It takes both students and donors to make it happen! Consider applying if you are an eligible student. If you would like to donate to the ACS Project SEED Program, please find more information below.


For more information

Phone: 1-800-227-5558 (ext. 4380)
Fax: 202-872-4361  |  Email:

ACS Project SEED Program
1155 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036