2018 SEED Student Mentors Needed

(posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017)

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has opened applications for Project SEED, a program that offers economically disadvantaged high school students opportunities to be actively involved in research environments for 8-10 weeks during the summer. In addition to the incredible hands-on experience gained through the program, students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship after successfully completing the program. To learn more about the program, visit the Project SEED website.

As the Akron section Project SEED coordinator, I invite you to apply to mentor a student this summer and celebrate 50 years of Project SEED. Project application forms are attached and are also accessible using this link for your convenience. Application forms should be completed no later than January 19, 2018.

Notice will be sent from the ACS in April of which projects have been funded, and applications from area students will be accepted. A local section committee will screen the student applicants and match students with projects that have been funded. You will receive notification in late April or early May about a student match. The summer program will run June 18-August 10, 2018.

Students are expected to work full time throughout the entire summer program and must be under supervision whenever they are in the laboratory. Students will also be expected to complete a poster with their mentor and participate in a poster session at the end of the summer, showcasing the research completed during their time in the program.

The students receive stipends, which are funded by the ACS with help from private and corporate sponsors. Our local section has been fortunate to receive a grant from the Omnova Solutions Foundation in the past. Of course, we are always looking for additional sponsors. In recent years, the number of projects that we were able to sponsor was limited based on funds available. Liability insurance is provided by the ACS for all students in the program.

Two forms are available – which one should you fill out?

You can use the web link or fill out the attached versions below.

If you were not a mentor during the summer of 2017, or if you were a mentor but would like to have a new student assigned to your project, please fill out the Summer I Application.2018 PROJECT SEED.Summer I Application2018 PROJECT SEED.Summer I Application and send it to the local section Project SEED coordinator.

If you were a mentor during the summer of 2017 and would like to have the same student return for a second summer, please fill out the Summer 2 Application.2018 PROJECT SEED.Summer 2 Application 2018 PROJECT SEED.Summer 2 Application and send it to the local section Project SEED coordinator.

In addition to working with a project SEED mentor, students will engage with professionals through a variety of additional experiences. A single application, which includes all project descriptions, must be submitted to the ACS by January 31, 2018. If you are interested in mentoring a student, please complete the appropriate application form to no later than January 19, 2018. If using one of the attached forms, you can send it to the Akron section Project SEED coordinator, Carol Shreiner.

If you have questions about the program or have an idea for a special program or field trip, please contact me.  

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