Greater Houston Section

Greater Houston Section - Project SEED Program

2021 Area Coordinator: Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth

Project SEED was established in 1968 to help economically disadvantaged high school students expand their education and career outlook.  2020 marks 52 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 usually receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

Due to COVID-19, many universities and research facilities were forced to close during mid-Spring semester and throughout the summer 2020. These closures severely impacted the Project SEED program of over 400 economically disadvantaged high school students, across the US and Puerto Rico. These students work side by side with scientists for 8 -10 weeks and qualify for paid internships. To avoid a summer without Project SEED, a virtual program was designed by Dr. Racquel Jemison and Dr. Don Warner. With the help of key staff members and the assistance of the Project SEED Committee, the 2020 virtual Project SEED program became a reality with 300 high school students being selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants.The Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp was designed as a four-week online program that seeks to strengthen students professionally while preparing them for in-person research either as part of Project SEED or for future research opportunities. Students attended a virtual welcome event, attended webinars, created documents to help with college and career readiness, explored sub-disciplines of chemistry, took a virtual lab safety course, and participated in a virtual conference.

The 2021 Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp will start June 21 and end on July 30, 2021.

Project SEED participants will meet from June 21 – July 30 via synchronous and asynchronous meetings, small group, and social/networking sessions. The Project SEED Participants are expected to attend all required sessions on the camp and national itinerary and complete all assignments and activities. The goals of the Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp are to:

  • Prepare students with basic lab safety skills
  • Expose students to sub-disciplines of chemistry, chemistry careers, and interesting chemistry research
  • Develop students professionally by improving professional etiquette and writing abilities
  • Learn and demonstrate ethical discretion in crediting contributing authors and resources and make connections between the over-arching goals of research projects with the smaller experiments that support them 
  • Learn and practice professional communication techniques and improve their personal statement and resume writing abilities
  • Compare professional career paths by means of exposure to academic, industrial, government and entrepreneurial via career panels and activities using ACS career resources

Project SEED - Virtual Cabin Leaders

The American Chemical Society is looking for undergraduate and graduate students to serve as Cabin Leaders for a 6 week-long virtual summer camp hosting ~450 students interested in the STEM field.

For additional details, see the Project SEED VSC Cabin Leader Brochure


Apply at: http://bit.ly/VSC_Cabin_Leader_App

Cabin Leader Application Deadline is April 30, 2021

Project SEED - Virtual Research Proposals and Mentors

Project SEED mentors with an interest in participating in a Virtual Research Project this summer, please contact Area Coordinator Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth (hollinjv@stthom.edu) to organize your project submission.

Mentors who have decided not to submit a virtual project proposal for 2021 can also volunteer to help with the Virtual Summer Camp. Check out the Virtual Summer Camp volunteer web page to find more information and sign up on the Project SEED volunteer portal.

Application Deadline May 15th for volunteers to:

  • Facilitate a Session
  • Lead a Research Hike
  • "Adopt" a Cabin

Campsite Manager: This role requires a background check and is only accepting applications until April 30th.

The 2020 Project SEED Virtual Camp students were:

Cabin Cobalt

Leaders: Corrine Cassel and Zainab Abolade Lawson

Feryal Azeem

Jair De La Rosa

Jelisha Perera

Kaliyah Jackson

Krystal Mireles

Lizet Rodriguez

Luisa Rodriguez

Nicolas Mason

Saamiya Syed

Vanesa Cordero

Cabin Iron

Leaders: Cameron Goff and Gerardo Carreon

Avey Rodriguez

Cassie Mai

Cecilia Mai

Chinenye Nwokenaka

Ernesto Flores

Jamecia Evans

Jose Alvarado

Michelle Chan

Ruhamah Temesgen

Tiara Ware

Questions regarding mentor or student fellow positions should be directed to Area Coordinators Carolyn Burnley (cburn49@yahoo.com) and/or Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth (hollinjv@stthom.edu).

2019 GHS Project SEED Mentor Institutions

University of Houston

Sam Houston University

Prairie View University

The Project SEED Committee Needs Your Help

Can you help the Project SEED Committee with 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 interested in volunteering for Project SEED, please contact us at acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org

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