ACS Project SEED Program

American Chemical Society Project SEED Program

Summer 2023 Louisiana Tech ACS Project SEED Research Program for High School Students

Program Dates: June 5- August 4 (no work during the week of the Fourth of July)

• Accepted fellows will work 40 hours per week for 8 weeks with a faculty mentor in a research lab and must provide their own transportation to Tech Campus daily.

Project SEED will provide hands-on summer research experiences to students interested in research with Louisiana Tech University’s Chemistry program. Mentors will guide you as you perform research so that you get to experience college-level chemistry firsthand. You’ll also get professional development, lab preparedness, and exposure to chemistry-related career paths.

The goal of the program is to provide sustained STEM research, learning, and growth opportunities for high school students with diverse identities and socioeconomic backgrounds so they can be empowered to advance and enrich the chemical science enterprise.


  • Paid fellowship ($4,000),
  • Hands-on or virtual research experience in a lab,
  • Great addition to your resume and college application, and
  • Scholarship opportunities for college ($5,000 – $20,000 in scholarships over 1-4 years).

Projects Available

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Design, Build, and Test Charge Particle Detectors using Organic Scintillators, Dr. Rakitha Beminiwattha, Associate Professor, Physics.

Flexible High-Temperature Thermoelectric Energy Scavenging via Printable Metal Oxide Inks, Dr. Arden Moore, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering.

Catalytic Upcycling of Waste Plastics into Sustainable Fuels, Dr. Yang Xiao, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering.

Improving the Compatibility of Waste Plastic and Asphalt Binder via Theoretically Justified Identification of Compatible Blends, Dr. Nazimuddin Wasiuddin, Professor, Civil Engineering.

Integration of Electrochemical and Electrophysiological Sensing on Flexible Multielectrode Arrays to Achieve Multimodality and Implant Stability, Dr. Elisa Castagnola, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering.


To be eligible, a student must:

  • Demonstrate low income,
  • Have had at least one chemistry class,
  • Interest in chemistry/science, and
  • Have a teacher’s recommendation.

Application Requirements and Materials

  • Complete the ACS@LATech application form
  • All application materials should be submitted by April 12, 2023.

ACS@LATech Scholarship Point of Contact (for additional information or questions)

Dr. Kristie Ruddick, ACS Seed Program Coordinator