CSW Project SEED 2024 – Call for Students & Mentors/Projects 

Every year, the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) hosts a CSW cohort with ACS Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged), where high school students join laboratories across the DMV for a paid summer research internship in chemistry or a chemistry-related field! Through participating in Project SEED, CSW—and our amazing research mentors—support the growth of underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged groups in chemistry and chemistry-related fields. You can see that in action on the Capital Chemist website by reading about the Project SEED culminating poster session held last year. You can also learn more about Project SEED on the ACS website (https://tinyurl.com/ywnj3623).

For researchers interested in being mentors, you’ll need to complete and submit a project proposal no later than Tuesday, February 6th, 2024. You may participate in a free mentor training program offered by ACS. Projects can be either in-person or virtual. Please begin by emailing [email protected] to request the proposal format and submission form and to be put in contact with the CSW Project SEED chair and DC area coordinator.

For educators who have high school students interested in chemistry/science, who qualify as low-income based on the program criteria (refer to eligibility criteria on the Project SEED website: https://tinyurl.com/45v6bcu), and who have successfully completed at least one high school chemistry course, please direct them to apply at https://tinyurl.com/45v6bcu! Student applications will be accepted starting February 13th and will run through April. Students who are selected to participate in the program will work in the laboratory (or on a virtual project) for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Students will earn a $4,000 stipend for their research work, whether they are first or second year Project SEED participants. In addition, students participate in career development and scientific development programs put together by the CSW Project SEED committee, including a career panel, a workshop on how to present scientific information, and a culminating poster session where students present their research to family, friends, and CSW members!