Message from the Coordinators of the Chemistry’s Project SEED Program at CWRU:

Dear high school students, parents, and educators,

I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.

I am pleased to announce that the national ACS Project SEED summer program is currently accepting student applications from February 14th to March 21st for the summer 2022 in-person program.

Students should read and collect all necessary information before beginning the application. You can find the list of the necessary information and the application on the Project SEED Website.

Follow these steps before beginning your application:

  1. Watch this quick application how-to video to familiarize yourself with the new application
  2. Once you have watched the how-to video in step 1, begin your application by navigating to this website:
  3. You will need an ACS ID to sign into the application. If you participated in 2020 or 2021, you most likely have an ACS ID that you used to sign into the LMS. If you have never participated before, use the how-to video in step one to help you create one.
  4. You can come back to the application whenever you like before March 21st.However, you cannot edit the application after submission.
  5. When you arrive to the ‘Site’ page, you will be shown SEED Project Sites that are within a commutable distance from your home. If a SEED Site does not exist near your home, you will see SEED Sites that offer virtual projects. Please read the project list carefully and choose the site accordingly. If you are in contact with a SEED coordinator, discuss with them which SEED Site you should be choosing.

Want to learn more about the Project SEED Program before applying? Review a few resources below:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can contact us at We hope to see you apply!

The ACS SEED Summer Program will start the week of June 6th or June 13th. Additional information about the exact date the program will start will be provided in mid-April.


Carlos Crespo and Shane Parker



About Project SEED

Participants are given a research project in chemistry and are supervised by a Case Western Reserve University scientist-mentor. Summer I students will receive a fellowship award of $2,500, while summer II students will receive a fellowship award of $3,000 for 8 weeks of full-time work (~35 hours/week). The summer 2019 program is expected to start on June 10 and end on August 2. Note: high school seniors who have participated in a Project SEED summer program are eligible to apply for a one-year, non-renewable college scholarship of up to $5,000.


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

– Be considering a science major or career
– Have completed a one-year introductory high school chemistry course
– Will begin your high school junior or senior year in Fall 2019
– Can establish your family income does not exceed 200% of the current 2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines. For this purpose the applicant must provide a copy of parent/guardian’s 2018 IRS 1040 Form. Income information is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of verifying eligibility for participation in Project SEED. Please delete (i.e., fully cover up or block) social security numbers from the IRS form prior to sending the form.
– You have read and understood the 2019 Project SEED Program Guidelines

SEED Fellows

The Project SEED Program has hosted 43 high-school students since 2010. Most of these students have participated for two consecutive summers (i.e., the maximum allowed by the program). As shown in the list of fellows below, at least 38 of these SEED students are pursuing (or are planning to pursuit) a college degree in STEM as of 2018; a ~88% retention rate.

Publications, Projects, and Posters

project SEED final poster presentation collage in hovorka atrium

Yearly Report Cards

The Project SEED National Office generated report cards for Project SEED Sites using data from the Annual Student Survey and the Mentor Report. These report cards are automatically generated from data and do not reflect a grade, but rather a visualization of student/mentor responses. Each report card is automatically generated using the data given and a visualization software. Any irregularities or questions can be addressed with the Project SEED National Office.



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For specific questions or to request additional information about the Project SEED program, please contact the program coordinator Carlos E. Crespo directly at

Funding for this program is provided by The American Chemical Society and the Project SEED endowment, the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU, and the National Science Foundation through the CAREER program (Grant No. CHE-1800052).