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.  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 2019 Greater Houston Project SEED program included five (5) Project SEED Summer 2 fellows (second year) and six (6) Project Seed Summer 1 fellows (first year). The 2019 Project SEED Fellows, research work sites, and mentors were as follows:

The 2020 Project SEED program will start on June 8, 2020 and officially end on August 10, 2020. On Friday, August 7, 2020, the fellows will make oral presentations and present posters of their research at the University of St Thomas starting at 6 pm in the Center for Science & Health Professions building.

Project SEED is a program of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that provides economically disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to perform paid research internships within a laboratory with a scientistA daily commute is required to participate in this fellowship program and transportation to all work locations is the responsibility and expense of the fellow. In 2020 the Project SEED Summer I stipend will be $3,200 and the Project SEED Summer II stipend will be $3,800 for 9 weeks of research work. At the end of the program, students are required to submit a report based on their experiences as well as complete a follow-up survey.

Project SEED Mentors

Are you interested in introducing high school students to research and acting as a mentor? This opportunity provides stipends for the students for 8 - 10 weeks of research work over Summer 2020.

Download the Project SEED Mentor Application

Return completed application forms to Carolyn Burnley ( no later than February 12, 2020.

Project SEED Student Fellows

Are you a high school student that would like to serve as a fellow in a research facility? Submit your application online between March 1 - April 31, 2020.

2020 Project SEED Student applications will be completed online. For more information and to be notified when student fellow applications are open, please see the official ACS Project SEED website.

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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