Greater Houston Section


Project SEED

2018 Area Coordinator: Carolyn Burnley

Congratulations to Project SEED Scholarship Awardee Cindy Mai who is attending the University of Houston majoring in Chemical Engineering!


Project SEED was established in 1968 to help economically disadvantaged high school students expand their education and career outlook.  Project Seed provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers by allowing them to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

 The 2017 Greater Houston Project Seed program included seven (7) Project Seed Summer 2 fellows (second year) and five (5)  Project Seed Summer I fellows (first year). The 2017 Research work sites; mentors and fellows were as follows:

Prairie View University

  • Dr. Hua-Jun Fan - Kaleb Small, Spring HS
  • Dr. Gururaj Neelgund - Deshaun Miller, Wunsche HS
  • Dr. Yingchun Li - Reginald Collins, Carver HS
  • Dr. Gina Chiarella - Kenia Ginyard, Cypress Woods HS

Sam Houston State University

  • Dr. David E.Thompson - Laila Tucker, Huntsville HS
Texas Southern University
  • Dr. Bruce Prince - Adesuwa Ehioghae, Harmony School of Ingenuity and Heaven Banks, Alief Hastings HS

University of Houston

  • Dr. Jakoah Brgoch - Alma Harris, Booker T. Washington HS
  • Dr. Lars Grabow - Cindy Mai, Northshore HS

University of St. Thomas

  • Dr. Crystal Young - Robin Reyes. Harmony School of Ingenuity

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Dr. B. Montgomery Pettitt - Yennifer Gil, Hightower HS


The 2018 Project Seed program is scheduled to start on June 11, 2018 and officially end on August 7, 2018.  On Friday, August 3, 2018, the fellows will make oral presentations and present posters of their research.   A daily commute is required to participate in this fellowship program and transportation to all work locations is the total responsibility and expense of the fellow.


The intent of Project SEED is to provide students with the opportunity to do meaningful research.  In 2018, the Project Seed Summer I stipend will be $2,500 and the Project Seed Summer II stipend will be $3,000.  The program also requires students to submit a report based on their experiences as well as complete a follow-up survey.


Carolyn Burnley serves as the area coordinator.

Do you want to serve as a mentor?  Register by January 30, 2018

Download the ACS Greater Houston Project SEED Summer 1 and or Summer 2 Mentor Application

Are you a high school student that would like to serve as a fellow in a research facility?

Download the Student Fellow Guidelines

Download the ACS Greater Houston Project SEED Fellow Application Form  - Due May 15, 2018

Students, don’t forget your chemistry teacher’s recommendation form AND

Download the ACS Greater Houston Project SEED Teacher Recommendation Form


We could use your assistance to help the Project Seed Committee with the one or more of the following:

  •  Developing and strengthening the Committee’s relationship with chemistry teachers in Greater Houston school districts to assist with recruitment of Project Seed Fellows (PSF)
  • Creating distribution list of applicants and schedule interviews with mentors and/or Committee members
  • Assisting Treasurer to develop address list of current PSFs
  • Working with project sites to ensure that the mentor-fellow relationship develops and has a smooth transition. Assist with any site needs that may develop
  • Submit Project Seed updates for newsletter as well as assist in creation of the annual Project Seed report
  • Assist with the recruitment of Project Seed volunteers including mentors (November – January 15 each year)
  • Submit invoices or receipts to Treasurer for reimbursement
  • Assist with Project Seed forum; including planning and coordinating program
  • Collect the PSFs final report and/or create certificates for each PSF
  • Assist with Fundraising efforts

All efforts will be coordinated with the Project Seed Area Coordinators. If interesting in volunteering for Project Seed, please contact us at


2017 GHS Project SEED Mentor Institutions

Texas Southern University

University of Houston

UT Medical School at Galveston

Sam Houston University

Prairie View University

University of St. Thomas 

2017-2018 Corporate Sponsors



Rushion McDonald, 3815 Media

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