ACS Project SEED Program

COVID-19 Update: To uphold the American Chemical Society's core value of professionalism, safety, and ethics, in person research for 2021 has been canceled.  The Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp will continue this summer and the application is now open.  Find more information on the Virtual Program tab.

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.

Use our locator map to see where Project SEED sites have operated prior to 2020.


The 2021 Student Application for the Virtual Summer Camp is now closed.

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


Looking for the recent ACS webinar with Project SEED alum and leading COVID-19 researcher Dr. Kizzmekia "Kizzy" Corbett?
Access this and other free Project SEED webinars on demand.

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