“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)
“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.