Information for Students & Parents

2021 Virtual Student Information Session

The 2021 Virtual Summer Camp application is now closed. Students that started the application have until April 30th, 2021 to have parents and/or guardians complete the consent form and submit financial eligibility documents.

Virtual Summer Camp

This 6-week virtual experience is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in STEM and chemistry-related research with like-minded high school students from across the country.  The virtual experience focuses on the following objectives:

  • Lab preparedness
  • Exposure to chemistry careers and the sub-disciplines of chemistry
  • College readiness and professional development

Want to learn more about the Virtual Summer Camp experience?  Read more in the brief student brochure as well as the 2020 Annual Summary, which details  the camp activities and structure.

How to Apply

The 2021 application is open from March 22 to April 26. Students have until April 30 to obtain parent consent and provide financial eligibility documents.  Below is a list of what to expect in the application.  You should also visit the How to Apply page for more details.

What you need to complete the application:

  • Contact information for you and a parent/guardian (students under 18 will require parental consent)
  • Upload an unofficial copy of your high school transcript (during application)
  • Complete three short answer questions (1800 character limit) 
  • Describe yourself and tell us about your education and career goals after high school
  • Describe any STEM experiences you have had in your education experience thus far, types of labs or activities you have done, and confidence in your lab/research skills
  • Why do you want to participate in Project SEED?  Elaborate on how this may affect your education, passion for science, or other areas of your life
  • Documentation to confirm financial eligibility (you will be able to securely upload this document after you start your application), and is required in order to be selected as a participant. Accepted forms of documentation are listed below:
  • A copy of a 1040 tax form from 2019 or 2020 showing that the annual adjusted gross income within the last 2 years has been 200% or less of the federal poverty guideline for household size.  Please redact (cross out) sensitive information, such as social security numbers
  • Documentation showing that the student is eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRPL) at his/her/their school
  • Documentation showing that the family is eligible for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, SNAP, or WIC for Infants and Children (also referred to as EBT or food stamps)
  • Documentation showing participation in a TRIO program such as Upward Bound or other programs geared towards socioeconomically challenged families

What to Expect

The Virtual Summer Program is a 6-week online experience where you will get to learn more about chemistry-related careers, prepare for the college experience (choosing and applying to college, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and mapping out a strategy to succeed), and the basics of lab research. While this program does not include hands-on research, the skills that you will acquire will help prepare you for a future research opportunity.

Each week, there will be small-group discussions, independent assignments, and nationally broadcasted webinars on the three objective areas, as well as social activities to help you get to know your colleagues and mentors.

  • Students will be paid a stipend of $250 per week for successfully completing the virtual summer camp experience and required assignments
  • The program will run from Monday, June 21, through Friday, July 30, 2021.  Students should expect to spend a total of 20-25 hours per week on camp activities and assignments
  • Students will be assigned to a small virtual group (called cabins) and will meet with these cabins at least three times per week on weekday mornings. Student attendance and participation will be monitored throughout the summer experience
  • No laptop or internet access at home?  No worries, equipment will be provided as needed for selected program participants

FAQs

What are eligibility requirements and selection criteria?

  • Please see the Eligibility Requirements section on the How To Apply page for requirements concerning family income
  • Students must be 14 or older at the time of application. This complies with privacy and child protection laws.
  • Students must have taken at least one year of chemistry in order to have the basic knowledge necessary for the program.  Students currently taking chemistry are considered eligible.  If students haven't taken chemistry they can still apply, but please know that this will affect their chances of acceptance.

What if we do not have any of the listed financial documents available to submit?  Contact Project SEED for further instruction at projectseed@acs.org.

What if our annual income is slightly more than the 200% of Federal Poverty Guideline? 

ACS takes into account additional factors for students whose household incomes exceeds that threshold. 

What if my parents are divorced?  Whose income information should be used?

The parent that claims the child as a dependent on tax documents should provide their income details.  We understand that there are instances where this is not the same parent that primarily houses the child during the year.  Parents are allowed to provide additional context as it relates to their specific financial situation.

What about students participating from Puerto Rico?  What documents do we provide to show eligibility? 

Puerto Rican residents should provide the Puerto Rico tax return (Form 482) to report worldwide income. 

Do I have to be a US citizen?

Project SEED does not ask questions regarding citizenship.  However, student participants must live in the US and participate in the program from the US during the summer. We do not accept international students at this time.

Will I get to work in a research lab?

For the summer of 2021, there will be NO in person research. The entire program during 2021 is virtual. Students will learn about lab techniques and hear from current research scientists, but it will be completely virtual. We hope to return to in person research in the summer of 2022.

 

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