Apply For Project SEED Summer Program

January

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March - June Student Selection

June Summer Program Begins

Aug Summer Program Ends

How to Apply

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.

Interested in participating for Project SEED in 2020 as a student or coordinator/mentor?  Fill out this quick form so that we can notify you when the applications open.

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 and interest form.
  • Contact the ACS Project SEED office if you have any additional questions.

 

  • Eligibility Requirements

    • 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 $2,500 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 $3,000 fellowship award. Summer II students may be eligible for a travel grant to present their research at ACS meetings or other scientific meetings.

    The Institutions

    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.

    Professional Networking

    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.

Full Student Schedule
January 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)

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.

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For more information

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

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