Project SEED – NC American Chemical Society Chapter Initiative


A professor performing an experiment in a lab at Duke University.The North Carolina Project Science Educational Experience for the Disadvantaged (SEED) Program is an initiative of the North Carolina chapter of the American Chemical Society (NCACS). This innovative program led by Professors Laura Sremaniak and Melissa Pasquinelli at NC State recruits talented disadvantaged high school students to a two-year intensive enrichment program centered on hands-on laboratory training under the supervision of research mentors at Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina Central University (NCCU), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and at local research institutes in the Research Triangle. NCACS Project SEED program has demonstrated 100% college acceptance and attendance, produced 46 (98% minority and low income) graduates, with 44 receiving full college scholarships and 96% planning to major in STEM fields. Project Seed is interested in partnering with the Institute’s Kenan Fellows Program to strengthen ties with STEM high school teachers across North Carolina, especially in underserved counties, who can assist them with student recruitment and explore options for future programming with teachers in the Kenan Fellows network.