Greater Houston Section

Greater Houston Section - Project SEED Program

2020 Area Coordinators: Carolyn Burnley and 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. 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 is designed as a four-week online program that seeks to strengthen students professionally while preparing them for in-person research either next summer as part of Project SEED or for future research opportunities. Students will attend a virtual welcome event, attend webinars, create documents to help with college and career readiness, explore sub-disciplines of chemistry, take a virtual lab safety course, and participate in a virtual conference.
On May 11th and 12th, 2020, ACS hosted a virtual town hall for all students interested in the new virtual summer camp model proposed for the summer of 2020. As a result, the response was overwhelming from university and high school students, making the competition quite tough and requiring many hours of review for final program selections. Students will participate in and attend webinars, virtual panels, online discussions, complete independent assignments, and network with their fellow campers with the guidance and mentorship of their Cabin Leaders and Camp Managers. 

    The 2020 Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp will start July 6 and end on July 31, 2020. Over sixty graduate students and former Project SEED scholars will serve as Camp Leaders. Two cabin leaders will lead each cabin. Students will be placed into “cabins” that will consist of 6-10 students. Students/Interns will be paid $1,000 for successfully completing the first Project SEED virtual summer camp experience. The students will do 10-20 hours of work each week. Students will meet with their cabin leaders three times per week and once per week with a larger group. The local Project SEED Summer Virtual program will be managed by Camp Nu Co–Managers:  Greater Houston Project SEED Area Co-Coordinators Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth, University of St Thomas, and Carolyn Burnley. The Cabin Cobalt Leaders will be Corrine Cassel and Zainab Abolade Lawson and the Cabin Iron Leaders will be Cameron Goff and Gerardo Carreon. 

    Project SEED participants will meet from July 6 – July 31 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

    The 2020 Project SEED Virtual Camp students are:

    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 ( and/or Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth (

    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

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