, this program was awarded $8,500 to support a hands-on summer research experience for four students. Since its inception, Project SEED has offered high school students from economically disadvantaged families the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Each year, hundreds of volunteer scientists around the country contribute their time to mentor students in academic, industrial or government laboratories. They encourage students to learn new skills, gain confidence in their potential for higher education, explore new career paths, and begin to think of themselves as scientists.