We are delighted to participate in Project SEED, the summer research program that opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist.
Project SEED provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academia, industry, or government. Students receive a fellowship award for their efforts and a chance to receive a SEED college scholarship. Through the leadership of Dr. Frank Gomez and Dr. Joe Khoury, SCALACS reinstated Project SEED in 2008. Since then the local section has formed a Project SEED committee that fundraises and also seeks hosts for students.
Our commitment to grow Project SEED organically in Southern California is continuing. We have averaged four students per year and would like to continue to grow that number. We have added private and corporate donors as sponsors. Since the most successful programs have always placed students in nearby laboratories, students from nearby schools have been placed in laboratories at Cal State Los Angeles. Below is a picture of one of the students from our 2008 program at Cal. State L. A. where the students worked under Dr. Frank Gomez.
If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact the Section Office by either calling 310 327-1216 or via email at office-at-scalacs-dot-org. Your donation is tax deductible and goes a long way to contribute to the future chemists and scientists in our country.
Please visit this section frequently, as we are still developing content about our SEED program. Meanwhile, general information about Project SEED can be found on the National ACS Website.