Project SEED

Project SEED provides a $2,500 fellowship to economically disadvantaged high school juniors or seniors, who exhibit high achievement and passion for science, to participate in summer research at an academic laboratory. Project SEED is an enrichment program sponsored jointly by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and local industry that provides underprivileged high school juniors and seniors, with the opportunity to perform guided chemistry research in an academic laboratory. Ultimately, SEED is about more than doing science. Part of the mentoring experience is learning life skills, preparing students for the real world, and opening their eyes to careers they had never even dreamed of pursuing. There is a true emphasis on career development and motivating students to pursue higher education in the natural sciences.

Project SEED is a national program sponsored partially by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and Rider has hosted fellows since 1976, when Dr. Bill McCarroll and Dr. John Sheats, both now Professors Emeritus, recognized that Rider and the surrounding community would benefit from a program that would train motivated and talented individuals to do chemical research. Lack of monetary and educational resources within areas like Trenton and Hamilton typically often impede exposure of under-serviced high school students to science as a profession. Rider’s SEED program addresses this gap, with opportunities for mentorship within the Department of Chemistry.

Our summer program includes:

  • 6-8 Weeks of laboratory experience, working on a scholarly research project alongside one of our chemistry professors and other undergraduate researchers
  • Tours of chemical and pharmaceutical companies, as well as other types of companies that employ chemists. Fellows in previous years visited sites including Bristol-Myers Squibb (Lawrenceville), Sanofi Aventis (Bridgewater), Firmenich (Princeton), the New Jersey State Forensics Laboratory (Hamilton), ChemGlass (Vineland), and the Salem Community College Glass Education Center (Salem).
  • Opportunities to present your research on a local and national level.  Previous fellows have traveled between Boston and Washington, DC to present their research.
  • Counseling on applying and paying for college

Over the past 35 years, the 110+ students who have participated in Project SEED at Rider have moved on to study chemistry in college and graduate school, and have become anything from benchtop chemists and local pharmaceutical companies to patent lawyers and dentists. Whether the past SEED fellows became chemists or lawyers, they all attribute Project SEED with instilling in them the confidence and guidance they needed to pursue science in college.

If you have any questions regarding Project SEED at Rider University, contact:

Danielle L. Jacobs
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Ph: 609-895-5667
Email: djacobs@rider.edu


2014 Summer Program Information
The application for the Summer 2014 Project SEED program at Rider University is currently available. Download application & instructions (.pdf). Download student financial form (.pdf). Download official program announcement (.pdf).

Important Dates

DateDeadline
March 20
Letters sent to high school teachers
March 20 - May 2
Visitations to local high schools
May 8
Rider SEED information session
May 12
Deadline for SEED applications
May 13 - 16
Interviews of SEED candidates
May 19
SEED fellows announced
June 1Deadline for SEED student financial statement
June 30 - August 1
Program runs for SEED Fellows
August 7
Rider summer research symposium
August 31
Deadline for final reports and surveys

Eligibility

  • Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2014
  • Students who have excelled in at least one chemistry course
  • Maximum family income may not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size
  • Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply

Candidate applications that do not follow the eligibility requirements above will not be considered.


Current Project SEED Fellows

2014

    
   

Previous Project SEED Fellows

2013

Daisy De Paz
Trenton Central High School
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Burnham
Project: Synthesis of ortho-nitrophenyl acetate and its use in acetylcholine esterase kinetics
 
Nahomie Possible
Hamilton High School West
Mentor: Dr. Feng Chen
Project: Synthesis of ZnTiO3 by soft chemical and microwave assisted routes
 
Nneka Onukwugha
Stuart Country Day School
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Optimization experiments for the aza-conjugate addition of benzenesulfonamide to 2-vinylpyridine and Investigation into the economics of biodiesel energy at Rider University
 
 

 2012
See Press Release for 2012 Program

Joseph Kparway
Nottingham High School
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Development of an experiment comparing hydrolysis rates of varying Aspirin formulations
Shivam Sabharwal
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Development of an experiment comparing hydrolysis rates of varying Aspirin formulations
Current Position: Freshman at George Washington University majoring in marketing and minoring in economics
Amparo Pozos
Lawrence High School
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Burnham
Project: Synthesis of ortho-nitrophenyl acetate and its use in acetylcholine esterase kinetics
 

2011
See Press Release for 2011 Program

Dashawn Furqan
Lawrence High School
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Development of an undergraduate crossover experiment to elucidate the mechanism of the Claisen Rearrangement
Current Position: Trainee in the Marine reserves
Brianca Hart
Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Mentor: Dr. Feng Chen
Project: Synthesis and characterization of zinc titanates doped with MgTiO3 for microwave devices
Current Position: Sophomore at Seton Hall University studying biochemistry 
Bryan Berger
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Brunham
Project: Synthesis of novel pyrrole nucleosides as anti-cancer and anti-viral agents
Current Position: Sophomore at Northwestern, majoring in Manufacturing & Design Engineering with a second major in Urban Studies, working on certificates in both Leadership & Design

2010

Dashawn Furqan
Lawrence High School
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Novel and mild synthetic methods to effect the deprotection of benzyl of ethers into alcohols
Current Position: Trainee in the Marine reserves
Shaoyin (Shirley) He
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
Mentor: Dr. Feng Chen
Project: Synthesis and characterization of zinc titanates doped with MgTiO3 for microwave devices
Current Position: Junior at Rider University studying biochemistry
Gloria Soc
Trenton Catholic Academy
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Burnham
Project: Synthesis of novel pyrrole nucleosides as anti-cancer and anti-viral agent
Current Position: Junior at Rider University studying biochemistry
 
Bre’oscha West
Hamilton High School West
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Burnham
Project: Synthesis of novel pyrrole nucleosides as anti-cancer and anti-viral agents
Current Position: 1st year Pharm.D. candidate (class of 2017) at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

2009

Melissa Aguiar
Trenton Catholic Academy
Mentor: Dr. Feng Chen
Project: Synthesis and characterization of zinc titanates via sonochemical methods
Current Position: Senior at La Salle University studying chemistry
Lissette Leon
Lawrence High School
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Jacobs
Project: Synthesis of chiral auxiliaries from (R)-(+)-pulegone
Current Position: Senior at The College of New Jersey studying engineering
Emmanuela Possible
Hamilton High School West
Mentor: Dr. Bruce Burnham
Project: Synthesis of novel pyrrole nucleosides as anti-cancer and anti-viral agents
Current Position: Senior at William Paterson University studying chemistry