Apply For Project SEED Summer Program

Feb 2nd Find a Program

April 23rd Student Selection

June 4th Summer Program Begins

Aug 31st 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.

To be considered for the ACS Project SEED Summer Program, candidates must:

  • Review the Eligibility Requirements below
  • Look up the sites available in your area on our Location page
  • Email the coordinator listed for that site to inquire about an application and the deadlines.  Note that deadlines and application requirements may vary by site.
  • Contact the ACS Project SEED office if you have any additional questions.

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.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    • You must meet specific academic and family income requirements, and demonstrate the potential to work in a chemical laboratory.  Please see Family Income Requirements below.
    • 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.
  • Academic Requirements

    • 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)
    • Have completed at least one course of high school chemistry
    • Interested in science
  • Family Income Requirements

    • You must be recognized as economically disadvantaged to be considered for Project SEED. Preference is given to students whose maximum family income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size.
  • 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.
    • Summer II Program
      The Summer II program provides Project SEED Summer I students with an additional summer 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 more than 10,600 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. Mentors provide strategies for helping students reach their objectives, give 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. Presenting their summer research findings gives students exposure to chemists, engineers, and college students who review their research and motivate them to pursue science careers.

    Project SEED Scholarships

    When you successfully complete your Project SEED summer experience, you become eligible to compete for Project SEED scholarships if you decide to study chemistry-related majors (chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or materials science.) in college.

Full Student Schedule
December 1 – January 31 Contact Project SEED program to find program availability in your area
April 22 College scholarship winners announced
June 3 Student summer program begins
Student applications due from sponsors
June 28 2020 Project SEED college scholarship information sent to coordinators, mentors, students (Seniors)
August 26 Project SEED students present at Sci-Mix Poster Session
(258th ACS national fall meeting)
August 30 Student summer program concludes
Student written reports and follow-up survey due
August 30 – December 2 2020 Project SEED college scholarship application information available (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.


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