PROJECT SEED COMMITTEE
The New York Section of the American Chemical Society which
includes the Hudson Bergen subsection located in New Jersey but is a part
of the New York Section with the five borrows in New York had a very successful
SEED I and SEED II Project SEED. The New York Section had more
students participating in Project SEED than any section in the nation.
During the 2009 summer season, students from the New York
Section did research at a large variety of colleges, universities, laboratories,
hospitals and research centers. Students spent their summer working with
scientists from New York University, Columbia University, the City University
of New York, City College of New York, Rockefeller University, Fairleigh
Dickinson University, New Jersey Environmental Research Institute, the
Center for Micro plasma Science & Technology, St. Peterís College,
Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, Ernest Mario School
of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center at
St Barnabas Health Care System, the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant
Products, Cook College of Rutgers University, the Mass Spectroscopy Laboratory
Food Science at Rutgers University, the Department of Geo-science &
Geography at New Jersey City University, the Center for Computer Aids for
Industrial Productivity at Rutgers University, the Predictive Microbiology/Rapid
Methods in the Department of Food Science at Cook College, the School
of Engineering at Rutgers University, the Department of Ceramic & Material
Engineering, Fiber Optic Materials Research Program at Rutgers University,
the Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute of Rutgers
University, the Chemistry & Chemical Biology of Stevens Institute of
Technology, the Department of Material Science at Stevens Institute of
Technology, Liberty Science Center , Department of Chemistry & Chemical
Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Physics
at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Surveying & Technology
Engineering at New Jersey institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry
at New Jersey City University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
at Seton Hall University, Montclair University, Hunter College,
St Johnís University and Brooklyn Institute of Technology.
Five students from the New York Section received the ACS
Scholars award of whom one is now studying Chemistry at St. Peterís
College and the other is studying Biochemistry also at St Peterís College.
One student is studying Chemical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of
Technology and one is studying Chemistry at Montclair University.
Another one had to decline the scholarship because she received a ten year
Millennium Scholarship from the Bill Gates Foundation. She is now
studying at Seton Hall University and is determined to continue her education
until she gets her Ph.D. Five students also received the SEED
Scholarship. They are all studying at New Jersey City University, New Jersey
Institute of Technology, and St. Peterís College
Twenty two Project SEED participants travelled to Washington
D. C. to present at the National Meeting of the American Chemical
Society. They were
interviewed by scientists who marveled at the quality of their research.
Many scientists offered to give them internships in the future.
All project SEED participants presented at the Fifteen
Annual Posters Presentation that took place at Seton Hall University
on September 21st. There were about a 100 project SEED students from the
NY section and the North Jersey section. The NY participants won
5 of the top 6 awards The program was very well attended and
our students won many gold and silver medals.
At the New York Research Posters Presentation that
took place at St. Joseph College on October 19th, fifteen students were
from Project SEED. They
competed against students from basically private or specialized academies
in New York yet project SEED students won Second place and an Honorable
Mention award. This is very good when we take into account that the
students from Project SEED come from urban schools and there were only
3 awards given.
Participants from Project SEED were very successful and
won many competitions. At the New Jersey Science and Humanities
Symposium, two students, were selected among the top five students who
represented the state of New Jersey at the National Competition which took
place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
At the Hudson County Science Fair, two students won gold
medals, 6 won silver medals and 4 honorable mentions. At the
Spring Competition that was held at the Hilton in New Brunswick, project
SEED students won 4 of the 6 awards given. New York section students
won 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. One student won the top prize
and represented the state at the national competition which took place
Over 98 % of the students who participate in project seed
do attend college. Of those, 80% are pursuing careers in the sciences and
more than 50% of those are in chemistry related fields. The
majority of them are studying chemical engineering.
I have a nice story to share with you. One of the past participants
who did two summers of SEED I and II at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey attended New Jersey Institute of Technology
and studied Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation as a Valedictorian,
he was accepted in the Ph.D. program at Princeton University. He
finished the required courses and started the research for his thesis.
His mentor was so impressed with the quality of his lab work that he asked
him where he learned those lab skills. The student responded that
when he was a sophomore in high school he did SEED I and II at UMDNJ.
Professor Jamie Link had never heard of project seed so he contacted me
and wanted to know more about the program. I talked with him and
referred him to the ACS web site. As a result, Dr. Link and his colleague
Dr. Michael McAlpine are hosting 4 students next summer and will be project
seed mentors. This is a true success story and it is a pleasure to
be part of it.
Thank you for your continued support, you and the ACS are
opening doors of opportunities for young people who are the future of our
nation and the world.