Contributed by Dr. Ajay Mallia, Chair, CSW Project SEED committee
For the last four decades, Project SEED has provided hands-on scientific research opportunities with a mentor at a research institution to more than 9,000 economically disadvantaged high school students. This year, CSW’s Project SEED program supported 20 high school students from DC, VA, and MD high schools.
CSW recognized the 2014 Project SEED fellows at the Project SEED Research Symposium that was held on October 18, 2014 at ACS Headquarters. Dr. Ajay Mallia (CSW Project SEED chair) gave a brief overview of Project SEED and congratulated all the students on their successful completion of the program. All the Project SEED fellows gave a flash talk about their summer research and also presented their research at a poster session. Dr. Kathryn Hughes, CSW president, presented certificates of accomplishment to each Project SEED fellow, and Ms. Raihanah Rasheed from the ACS Project SEED office discussed the benefits of Project SEED and the opportunities for college scholarships through Project SEED. The Symposium poster presentation event was well attended by the students’ parents, high school chemistry teachers, Project SEED mentors and graduate student mentors, and members of CSW.
An award for the best research presentation award was presented to Ms. Feven Gezahegn, a first-year (SEED-1) fellow from Woodrow Wilson High School, and Mr. Sang Ho Jee, a second-year (SEED-2) fellow from Old Mill High School won second prize for his research presentation.