Message from the Program Director and Coordinator of CWRU’s Project SEED Program:

Dear high school students, parents, and educators,

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

The national ACS Project SEED summer program has decided to cancel the 2021 in-person summer program to prioritize safety due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, they are organizing a Virtual Summer Camp this year again from June 21 to July 30, 2021. You can find further information by visiting the ACS SEED webpage.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to restore the ACS SEED Program at CWRU in the summer of 2022.


Carlos Crespo



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).