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ACS Project SEED Program

COVID-19 Update: The American Chemical Society is planning for an in-person program with virtual components for 2021. In the event that in-person research is not safe to resume at all or only at select sites, we will continue with a virtual-only summer program. 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.

Upcoming Project SEED Webinars

2021 Virtual Coordinator Info Session

Interested in hosting a Project SEED program? Join this 1-hour information session to learn the process, timeline and COVID-19 contingency plans.

Tues., Jan. 12 | 5:30 PM ET

2021 Student Info Session

Interested in opportunities to explore your interest in chemistry? Learn about upcoming in-person and virtual programs for Project SEED's paid summer internships.

Tues., Feb. 9 | 6:00 PM ET


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.

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 Virtual Program.

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

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