Project SEED, the American Chemical Society's social action program, places talented, disadvantaged high school students in academic, industrial, and government research laboratories for 8-10 weeks during the summer to experience "hands-on" research. Each student completes a chemical research project under the supervision of a scientist/mentor (called a preceptor) and receives an educational award.

The goal of Project SEED is to help expand the career outlook of economically disadvantaged students. Since 1968, The Project SEED Program has made it possible for more than 4,500 talented high school students to conduct research in local chemistry laboratories. The program will consist of an 8-10-week summer science research project for the students, with the majority of participants working in chemistry and chemistry-related sciences. The students receive individual instruction under the direct supervision of scientists/preceptors in the laboratory. The preceptors serve as role models and encourage the students to learn about careers in chemistry.

Our mission is to recruit, support, and encourage talented disadvantaged high school students to pursue Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry, and Chemistry-related science disciplines, or the sciences, by providing the most comprehensive scientific research internship experience possible. We define disadvantaged as:

  1. Students from households with a low-family income as defined by the ACS, or
  2. Students from minorities historically underrepresented in Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields (African- Americans, Hispanic & Native Americans), or
  3. First generation of the household to attend college, or
  4. Students from single-parent households.

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Format: laboratory research

Area Served: Wake, Durham, and Orange counties

Program dates: 9 weeks in summer

Open to: rising juniors and seniors in high school

Application: due May 15, 2006

Number of Students: 30/year

Requirements: must be enrolled in or have completed a chemistry course, must have an interest in science, and comply with our definition of disadvantaged (see caption)

Other info: stipend awarded pending funding ($1750 first year, $2000 second year)

Kenneth Cutler, Project Director
Project SEED
CIIT-Centers for Health Research
PO Box 12137
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2137
(919) 558-1346,
(919) 558-1300

Links:The American Chemical Society: Project SEED Information


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