Greater Houston Section


Project SEED

2019 Area Coordinator: Carolyn Burnley


Project SEED was established in 1968 to help economically disadvantaged high school students expand their education and career outlook.  2019 marks 51 years since Project SEED was created and has allowed research in more than 400 institutions for more than 11,000 students.  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 2018 Greater Houston Project SEED program included three (3) Project SEED Summer 2 fellows (second year) and seven (7) Project Seed Summer I fellows (first year). The 2018 Project SEED Fellows, Sponsors, research work sites and mentors were as follows:

The 2019 Project SEED program is scheduled to start on June 10, 2019 and officially end on August 5, 2019.  On Friday, August 2, 2019, 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 2019, 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.

Do you want to serve as a mentor in 2020?  Register between November 15, 2019 - January 30, 2020

Download the 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?

Submit your application between March 10, 2019 - May 15, 2019.

Download the Project SEED Student Fellow Guidelines

Download the Project SEED Summer 1 Application Form or Summer 2 Application Form

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

Download the ACS Greater Houston Project SEED Teacher Recommendation Form

Please forward all applications for mentors and students to Area Coordinator, Carolyn Burnley at


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

    • Work with project sites to ensure that the mentor-fellow relationship develops and has a smooth transition. 
    • Assist with executing the Project SEED forum, e.g. checking students, refreshments, and posters.
    • Assist with fundraising efforts: suggesting donors and new methods to solicit funds.

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

    2019 GHS Project SEED Mentor Institutions

    University of Houston

    UT Medical School at Galveston

    Sam Houston University

    Prairie View University


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