How to Host a Project SEED Program

Project SEED Group

Project SEED offers high school students from economically disadvantaged families the chance to be exposed to scientific careers by doing hands-on research in laboratories. Participating research institutions, such as colleges and universities, government research laboratories, and industry corporations, submit proposals of hands-on research projects that are supervised by a scientist/mentor for 8-10 weeks during the summer.  Students receive a fellowship award for their participation.

If your institution would like to host a SEED student, you should:

  • Email Project SEED for an online application
  • Read the Program Guidelines
  • Review annual program schedule and deadlines
  • Identify local sources of matching funds for student fellowship awards
  • Identify a scientist-mentor (Two students are allowed per mentor)
  • Develop a hands-on, chemistry-based research project
  • Contact local high school teachers to recruit students

Design the Research Experience

Project SEED students are given meaningful and safe, hands-on research chemistry-related projects that expose them to working in a laboratory as a scientist. Project proposals are submitted by mentors and reviewed by the ACS Project SEED Committee.

Types of Projects

  • Design of New Polymers Microwave-Assisted Reactions
  • FTIR of Polypeptides Molecular Orbitals in Organic Molecules
  • Ion Chromatography Research Nitration Reactions of Cinnamic Acid
  • Isocyanide Monolayers on Gold Organic Fiber-Optic Coatings
  • Laser Studies of Blue Emitting Polymer Engineering
  • Semiconductors Rapid Enzyme Tests
  • Making Recombinant Genes Synthesis of Alcohols
  • Metal Binding in Biological Systems Veterinary Vaccine Research
  • Microbiology in Cosmetics

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