(posted on Sunday, December 23, 2018)
Project SEED provides summer research opportunities for economically disadvantaged high school students and we are looking for local mentors. The Akron section of the ACS coordinates local participation in this program, and we ask you to consider applying to mentor a student this summer as part of Project SEED. The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given the chance to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives. More about Project SEED.
The Project Application forms are submitted to the ACS, and we receive notification in early April of which projects have been funded. We solicit applications from local students and match them with projects that have been funded. We will let you know in April whether you have been assigned a student to mentor. The summer program will begin in early June and end in early August.
The benefits gained by students who participate in Project SEED cannot be overestimated, and we hope that you will consider becoming a mentor. Please be aware that it is a significant commitment on your part. Students are expected to work a full 40-hour week throughout the entire 8-week summer program, and must be under supervision whenever they are in the laboratory.
I must submit the mentor applications by January 31, 2019, and therefore ask that you return the attached application form to me no later than January 25, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. Do not hesitate to contact the Akron Section Project SEED coordinator, Carol Shreiner, if you have any questions.