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Project Seed 2014

Summer Research Fellowships in Chemistry and Biochemistry for High School Students

New Dates*: JUNE 9 - August 1, 2014

**(dates have been modified to compliment the LAUSD calendar)**

California State University, Los Angeles and the American
Chemical Society

Program Description
On admission to the program, Project SEED Scholars are integrated into active research groups under the direction of chemistry and biochemistry faculty members at Cal State LA. The student selects his/her research adviser from among the faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the nature and scope of the research project is arranged to suit the student's level and interests through consultation between the adviser and the student. The SEED Scholar's participation in research will be full-time during the eight-week summer. The major benefit to the SEED Scholar is the career enhancement experienced by participation in an active research group while the student is still in high school, an opportunity uncommon at most universities. The Project SEED Scholars will be in a position to interact with the best science faculty and students at the University.
Financial Support
The Project SEED Program is financially supported by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the College of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles. Each SEED Scholar is provided a salary of $2,500 for participation in this eight-week summer research program. In addition, the program provides funds for research supplies. Participation in a second summer for 2015 is possible with a higher stipend.
SEED Scholar Selection Criteria

Interested students will be required to submit an application form and two letters of recommendation from their high school chemistry, other science or mathematics teachers. The following criteria will be used in SEED Scholar selections:

  • Demonstration of high academic ability in course work. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher and good letters of recommendation will be regarded as indicating a student of high ability.
  • The student must have completed at least one year of college preparatory high school courses in chemistry.
  • Significant achievement on the PSAT or SAT exam.
  • Participation in science activities, such as science clubs, other research programs, or in science fairs.
  • An interest in a career in the sciences or mathematics and a desire to do independent research.
    Students must be either US Citizens or legal permanent residents.
  • How to Apply

    California State University Los Angeles and the American Chemical Society invite students who will have completed at least one year of chemistry by the start of this coming summer to apply for positions in its Project SEED Summer Research Fellowships in Chemistry and Biochemistry for High School Students. The objective of the program is to identify talented high school students with potential for success in chemistry and biochemistry research. Students of modest economic means are targeted for participation. Applications must be post-marked by April 30, 2014 for fellowship positions in the Summer of 2014. Successful candidates will be notified by mail or email.


    ***Dates of participation are from June 9, 2014- August 1, 2014. Students
    must confirm they will return on Friday, August 22, 2014 for their
    Final Poster Presentation from 1-3 pm. No exceptions.

    Please click here to download an application.

    Contact Information
    Dr. Linda Tunstad
    Project Seed
    Program Director

    Maria Manzanares
    Project SEED
    Program Coordinator

    (323) 343-2395

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