February - May
Apply for a Program
March - June Student Selection
June Summer Program Begins
Aug Summer Program Ends
How to Apply
Interested in participating as a Project SEED student in 2020? Fill out this quick form so that we can notify you when the applications open.
Do you like science? Are you interested in learning what scientists really do in their laboratories? Find out how you can get exposure to chemistry, prepare for college, and learn about science career paths.
To be considered for the ACS Project SEED Summer Program, candidates must:
- Meet the Eligibility Requirements shown below.
- Be located near an active SEED site. You can find these on our Location page. Note that you will be responsible for getting to and from the lab site each day.
- Complete the online application (coming in early 2020). If you are interested in applying, use the link above to complete an interest form.
- Contact the ACS Project SEED office if you have any additional questions.
- A SEED program must be available in your location to participate. Applicants who are physically disabled are considered on the same basis as any other applicant and may not be discriminated against in any way.
- Your family's annual income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size. Below is an example of the maximums based on 2019 guidelines.
Household / Family Size 200% Household / Family Size 200% 1 $24,280 8 $84,760 2 $32,920 9 $93,400 3 $41,560 10 $102,040 4 $50,200 11 $110,680 5 $58,840 12 $119,320 6 $67,480 13 $127,960 7 $76,120 14 $136,600
- Preferably a rising junior or senior in high school (students
graduating this year can participate as long as they are available to do
research for the 8-10 week period). Rising sophomores can participate
as long as the site accepts students under the age of 16 and all other
eligibility criteria is met.
- Have completed at least one course of high school chemistry.
- Interested in science.
What to Expect
Types of SEED Programs
- Summer I Program
The Summer I program is for first-time Project SEED participants who are given a scientific research project in chemistry or a related field under the direct supervision of a scientist-mentor. Students receive a $3,200 fellowship award/stipend.
- Summer II Program
The Summer II program provides Project SEED Summer I students with an additional summer (or two) of scientific research. Students either continue their research from the previous summer or begin a new research project. These students receive a $3,800 fellowship award. Summer II students may be eligible for a travel grant to present their research at ACS meetings or other scientific meetings.
Project SEED students gain research experience in academic, industrial, and governmental research laboratories through the guidance of scientist-mentors. Over the past four decades, more than 350 institutions have sponsored over 11,000 high school students to work on scientific research projects. Locate a Project SEED institution near you.
The Students and Mentors
In addition to hands-on research, Project SEED students receive guidance on their career and personal development. Mentors and students build relationships that help to expand their awareness and understanding of the workforce and the college experience. Mentors provide strategies to help students reach their objectives, provide feedback, and allow opportunities for growth.
Each fall, SEED students work side-by-side with professional chemists to present their research projects at ACS local, regional and national meetings, and at other scientific meetings, fairs, and competitions. Presenting research findings gives students practice in public speaking, communicating technical work, and prepares them for a potential STEM career.
Project SEED Scholarships
Students that successfully complete a Project SEED summer experience and decide to study chemistry-related majors (chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or materials science) in college are eligible to compete for Project SEED scholarships. Scholarships range from 1 to 4 years with up to $5,000 awarded each academic year.
- Summer I Program
|Full Student Schedule|
|March - May||Complete the online application
|March||College scholarship winners announced|
|March - June||Student interviews and selection for summer program
|May/June/July||Summer programs begin|
|August||Poster presentations at ACS Fall National Meeting|
|August||Student summer program concludes
Student written reports and follow-up survey due
|December 31st||Project SEED college scholarship applications due (open to graduating SEED seniors only)|