“Since 1968, Project SEED has helped more than 11,000 economically disadvantaged high school students, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors.” American Chemical Society (2018)
Congratulations Afrah Faraz, Project SEED Scholarship Winner!!
Afrah Faraz who was a Project SEED student (Summer 2018/2019) and worked with Professor Christopher Bejger at UNCC is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Way to go Afrah!
“As I entered the Project SEED program last summer, my only experience in chemistry was one level of honors chemistry. I was terrified of being with experts in the field with my limited knowledge in chemistry. When I first began last year, everyone in my lab explained all of the reactions and equipment used, but it still took some time to figure out what I was actually doing. This year, as a year 2 SEED student, I knew more about my project and had a greater understanding of chemistry than I did a year ago. I learned a lot more this year from working on a new project with less help than I had before. Working in a real lab has taught me so much and has truly inspired me to pursue chemistry in college and even the future. I am really thankful for the ACS and Project SEED for allowing me to experience and appreciate chemistry.”
I have always known I wanted to have a career in chemistry. After taking Honors Chemistry my sophomore year and achieving a high grade, it became necessary for me to expand my knowledge outside of the classroom. Enter ACS Project SEED: this internship has given me incredible opportunities pertaining to chemistry and has given me a plethora of knowledge. Not only did I do research during the interning period, there were occasional workshops from visiting guest speakers that I was able to attend. My mentors the past two years have been incredible in preparing me for AP® Chemistry this year and aiding me in my post-secondary plans. They have taught me the responsibilities that college (and adult life in general) entails, allowing me to grow and mature in the short time I had with them. Having a hands-on experience of what a chemistry researcher does daily has solidified my university major, in that I will pursue a degree in chemistry without hesitation. I am indebted to Project SEED, as I would not be where I am today without the program, nor would I be who I am today.