ACS Project SEED Program

More than 350 institutions have sponsored more than 11,000 high school students since Project SEED’s inception over 50 years ago.

Since 1968, Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) 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.  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.

COVID-19 Update: ACS is continuing to monitor recommendations from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to address any program-wide changes that may need to happen.  If you submitted a proposal to host a site, and will no longer be able to participate, please email the Project SEED office immediately.   

Interested in participating as a student for Summer 2020?  ACS will still be accepting applications starting April 3rd.  Fill out this quick form so that we can notify you when the applications open.

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


Are you a student interested in taking part in Project SEED 2020?  Learn more about key dates, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

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

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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