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 firstname.lastname@example.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.