Outreach

NC Project SEED

The NC Project SEED program runs from mid-June to mid-July each summer at Duke University. Rising juniors and seniors in high school with a chemistry background or future academic plan are invited to join a graduate research lab in the Department of Chemistry. Students from outside of the Triangle area are invited to live on-campus, ensuring their experience allows a full spectrum experience of life at a research university. Each student completes a chemical research project under the supervision of a scientist/mentor and receives an educational award. In addition students receive a stipend from the SEED program to offset the loss of summer employment by joining the program. The goal of Project SEED is to help expand the career outlook of economically disadvantaged students. Since 1968, The Project SEED program has made it possible for more than 4,500 talented high school students to conduct research in local chemistry laboratories. Over the past 16 years, the North Carolina Section Project SEED program has served approximately 100 students with 96 percent attending college (100 percent over the last five years), 83 percent majoring in science or mathematics, 67 percent in chemistry, and 75 percent overall receiving full or partial scholarships. The average SAT score among current participants has been around 1200 (Verbal and Math). The Project SEED program has more underrepresented minorities as national winners than any program in the state and very possibly the country. SEED has been extremely successful in making its student exceptionally competitive in college admission, with SEED alumn over the last 6 years averaging approximate $100,000 in scholarships. In 2008 fifteen graduating SEED student generated $2.8 million in scholarships and awards, which prompted the interest of the media. For WRAL's story on the success of the SEED program and spotlights on some of this years participants, please click here. For photos on SEED students working in the labs, please click here.