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Project SEED: Recent Activities and Events (2016-2017)

Project SEED Recent Activities and Events:

The SEED program is now chaired by Dr. Allison Aldridge,  Watch for new activities in the Fall of 2017.

See the attached PDF file for 2016 details and photographs. (PDF, 203 Kb)

Project SEED Career Symposium

SEED Scientific Writing and Presentation Workshop Flyer

Project SEED Workshop Flyer (PDF file, 308 Kb)

2017 Project SEED

Project SEEDOrientation 2017 Flyer: (PDF File: 144 Kb)

Learn About the Project SEED Summer Program and Events.

2016 SEED RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

The CSW-SEED committee organized a SEED Research symposium on September 10, 2016 at ACS headquarters. The SEED I Fellows presented posters of their research and the SEED II fellows gave oral presentations. Five CSW members served as judges (Dr. Richard Goodman, Dr. Jason Schaff, Dr. Wesley Farrell, Dr. Darrell Boyd, and Mr. Zeus de los Santos).  Prizes were awarded to Zane Haug, (first place), Ashley Rochford (second place), and Anulichi Okorie (honorable mention).

 

CSW SEED Fellows for 2016 at the September Research Symposium. 

 

SEED Fellow Florence Kyremanteng, with graduate student Joe Ramirez (Georgetown) at the poster session after presenting her poster! Her mentor, Travis Holman was also in attendance!

SEED Fellow Nicholas Mbenga, who worked at the Library of Congress, presenting his poster to CSW Board member Wesley Farrel.

Project SEED

 After being establishing in 1968, the ACS Project SEED program has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged high school students who lack exposure to scientific careers by giving them an opportunity to conduct research at academic, industrial or governmental institutions. Under SEED program, high school students participate in a scientific research project in chemistry under the direct supervision of a mentor scientist for a period of 8 weeks for the period of June-August. SEED fellows learn new skills of doing research, gain self-confidence and expand their education and career outlooks to place their foot firmly in the tough and expanding job markets.

If you have questions or would like more information about the scholarship, contact the CSW-SEED committee chair Dr. Ajay Mallia (vajaymallia@gmail.com), CSW (csw@acs.org, phone, 202-659-2650). or the ACS SEED committee office projectseed@acs.org .

CSW-SEED chair, Dr. Ajay Mallia (left) with the high school students at the 2014 SEED orientation program

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Project SEED Needs Your Support!

Project SEED cannot operate without the help from individuals and companies that support the Scientists-intraining. Are you interested in supporting Project SEED? Last year we unfortunately turned away many applicants because of lack of funding. CSW has established the Noel Turner Memorial Fund to help support Project SEED. Your donation will be used for student stipends ($2500 for the SEED -1 and $3000 for the SEED-2 program). Your contribution is fully tax deductible. For more information, Ajay Mallia, Project SEED Chair, can be reached by email at vajaymallia@gmail.com, or you may contact CSW at csw@acs.org, or by phone at 202-659-2650.

2014 - 2015 SEED Events

SEED Research Symposium(Left) Ms. Feven Gezahegn (SEED 1 fellow, Woodrow Wilson HS) and (right), Mr. Sang Ho Jee (SEED 2 student, Old Mill HS) receiving research presentation award from Dr. Ajay Mallia (Chair, CSW-SEED).CSW recognized 2014 SEED fellows at the SEED research symposium that was held on October 18, 2014 at ACS Headquarters. Dr. Ajay Mallia (CSW-SEED-chair) gave a brief introduction of Project SEED and congratulated all the students for their successful completion. All the SEED fellows gave a flash talk about their summer research and also presented their research at the poster session. Dr. Kathryn Hughes, CSW president awarded, certificate of accomplishment to each SEED fellows and Ms. Raihanah Rasheed from (ACS-SEED office) explained about SEED benefits and SEED college scholarships. The Symposium poster presentation event was well attended by students’ parents, High school chemistry teachers, SEED mentors, graduate students mentors and CSW members. Ms. Raihanah Rasheed ( ACS SEED) explained  brief history of project seed and benefits of the SEED college scholarship program. The poster presentation event was well attended with students’ parents, high school chemistry teachers, as well as mentors and graduate student mentors. The best research presentation award was also held. Ms. Feven Gezahegn (SEED 1 fellow, Woodrow Wilson HS) and Mr. Sang Ho Jee (SEED 2 student, Old Mill HS) who won the first and second prize respectively for the research presentation.

CSW-SEED Students win College Scholarship Award

CSW-SEED students win College Scholarship award

Congratulations to CSW–Project SEED students Ms. Linhchi Nguyen and Ms. Ji Whae Choi for their achievement of 2014-2015 Project SEED College Scholarship award (one-year, non-renewable awards of up to $5,000).  The awardees declare a major in chemistry or a chemistry-related field at the University.

For details see  http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/projectseed.html

Scientific Writing and Presentation Workshop

CSW-SEED committee organized scientific writing and presentation workshop for the SEED fellows on, August 23, 2014. After winning prestigious ACS ChemLuminary award under ‘Outstanding Project SEED program’, CSW is celebrating 2014 by supporting the highest number (20 students) of high school students in its history. Dr. Ajay Mallia (Chair, CSW-SEED committee) welcomed the SEED fellows and mentioned about SEED symposium on October 18, 2014 on which all the SEED fellows will give a short research talk as well as present their research at the poster presentation.  Dr. Walter Benson (FDA rtd, Past SEED chair), Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed (NIST, SEED mentor) and Dr. Ajay Mallia instructed the high school students about scientific writing skills, short research talk and poster presentation respectively. The participants enjoyed the event and actively participated in the discussion and question answer section.

Photographs of Seed Research Symposium

Scientific Writing and Presentation Workshop

Scientific writing and presentation workshop

CSW-SEED committee organized scientific writing and presentation workshop for the SEED fellows on, August 23, 2014. After winning prestigious ACS ChemLuminary award under ‘Outstanding Project SEED program’, CSW is celebrating 2014 by supporting the highest number (20 students) of high school students in its history. Dr. Ajay Mallia (Chair, CSW-SEED committee) welcomed the SEED fellows and mentioned about SEED symposium on October 18, 2014 on which all the SEED fellows will give a short research talk as well as present their research at the poster presentation.  Dr. Walter Benson (FDA rtd, Past SEED chair), Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed (NIST, SEED mentor) and Dr. Ajay Mallia instructed the high school students about scientific writing skills, short research talk and poster presentation respectively. The participants enjoyed the event and actively participated in the discussion and question answer section.

 

Caption: Top, Dr. Walter Benson explaining the SEED students about the scientific writing, bottom, Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed’s class about ‘how to successfully deliver a 3 minutes research talk?

2014 SEED Students and Mentors

 

SEED–2 Students

  • Dr. Fenella G. France  and Dr. Eric Breitung of  Library of Congress mentored Ms. Linhchi Nguyen of Walter Johnson HS.
  • Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed of NIST mentored Ms. Michaela Berger of Rockville HS.
  • Professor Zhihong Nie from University of Maryland, College Park mentored Mr. Sang Ho Jee of Old Mill HS.
  • Professor Yu Ye Tong from Georgetown University mentored Mr. Richard Castro of High Point HS.
  • Professor Travis Holman from Georgetown University mentored Mr. Joshua Yoo of Old Mill HS.
  • Professor Jennifer Swift of Georgetown University mentored Ms. Hyo Joung Kim of Thomas Jefferson school of science and technology.
  • Professor Vladislav Sadtchenko of George Washington University mentored Mr. Ta-Chung Mou of Centennial HS.

  • SEED–1 students
  • Professor Rodrigo Maillard from Georgetown University mentored Ms. Kaitlyn Marsh of McKinley Technology HS.
  • Professor Richard Weiss of Georgetown University mentored Mr. Andy Zhang of Wheaton HS.
  • Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed of NIST mentored Mr. Khazar Choudhry, Poolesville HS.
  • Professor Nicole LaRonde of University of Maryland, College Park mentored Ms. Marti Green of Old Mill HS.
  • Professor David C. H. Yang of Georgetown University mentored Mr. Kishawn Love of McKinley Technology HS.
  • Professor Hanning Chen  of George Washington University mentored  Ms. Breona Jones of McKinley Technology HS.
  • Professor Marie-Christine Daniel-Onuta of, University of Maryland, Baltimore County mentored Mr. Hamza Ahmed of Centennial HS.
  • Professor Akos Vertes of George Washington University mentored Mr. Brandon Kim of Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology HS.
  • Professor Andrei Vedernikov of University of Maryland, College Park mentored Mr. Jonathan Lee of Old Mill HS.
  •  Professor Kaveh Jorabchi of Georgetown University mentored Ms. Feven Gezahegn of Woodrow Wilson HS.
  • Professor Michael Massiah of George Washington University mentored Ms. Mesgana Dagnachew of Capital City Public Charter School.
  • Prof. Jeffery Davis of University of Maryland College Park mentored Ms. Sindy Rosales of High Point HS.
  • Professor Efrain E. Rodriguez of University of Maryland, College Park mentored Ms. Ariane Chandler of McKinley Technology HS.

Project SEED Past Events

SEED Student Poster presentation was held at Kohsland Science Museum

SEED committee organized a poster presentation at the CSW monthly meeting which was held on October 10, 2013 at the Marian Koshland Science Museum. High school students presented and defended their research findings at the presentation. The best poster award was also held and CSW committee would like to congratulate to Mr. Seong Jang (SEED 2 student) and Ms. Angela Chan (SEED 1 student) who won the first and second prize respectively for the poster presentation.

For Additional photographs check here:

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Additional  photos check here!

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SEED Workshop on Scientific Writing

SEED-scientific writing and presentation workshop was held on, August 24, 2013. CSW-SEED committee organized a scientific writing and poster presentation workshop for the SEED students. Dr. Walter Benson and Dr. Ajay Mallia instructed SEED students about scientific writing and poster presentation respectively.

 Additional photographs of the workshop are available on Facebook.

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SEED get-together and orientation, May 25, 2013

To clearly state the objectives and achievements of Project SEED as well as to specify the responsibilities and expectations to the new SEED fellows, CSW-SEED committee organized an orientation and get-together on May 25, 2013 at ACS Head Quarters. Different speakers selected from academic, national lab, school teacher and SEED alumni presented their own perspective on Project SEED and experience.

Question answer section at the orientation program.

Additional photographs of the workshop are available on Facebook.

 

Project SEED Get-together and Orientation

 SEED Orientation and Get-together

CSW Project SEED committee organized an orientation event on May 31, 2014at ACS Headquarters to clearly state the objectives and achievements of Project SEED, as well as to specify the responsibilities and expectations to the new SEED fellows. A range of speakers including, SEED mentors, school teacher, and SEED alumni, presented their own perspective on Project SEED. Topics discussed included mentoring experience, lab safety, and tips for success. This program was well attended by the SEED fellows and their family members, school teachers, mentors as well as other CSW members.

Speakers at the orientation event From Top left Dr. Kathryn Hughes, CSW Presdient, Prof. Andrei Vedernikov, SEED mentor, UMD, College Park, Professor Akos Vertes, SEED mentor, GWU. Bottom left Dr. Walter Benson, SEED past chair, Dr. Michael Clark, Old Mill HS, Mr. Seong Jang, SEED Alumni

2013 CSW Project SEED Program

2013 CSW-SEED program

For the first time in the history of Chemical society of Washington, this year 17 disadvantaged high school students were supported from DC, VA and MD schools for doing their summer internships at flagship institutes such as Georgetown University, George Washington University and University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore county) and national institutes such as FDA, NIST, and Library of congress.

2013 SEED fellows with SEED committee Dr. Ajay Mallia (SEED committee Chair, Front 2nd from right) and Dr. Walter Benson (CSW-past-Chair) front row first from Right)
For additional information see The Capital Chemist, 2013, 63, Vol 6, page 10-11.

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