Calvin Chemistry participates in the American Chemical Society's Project SEED internship. Due to faculty research and schedules, we are not planning to participate in Project SEED 2017 this year.

This internship is focused on encouraging high school students from economically disadvantaged households to consider a career in science, especially chemistry. Participants are given a research project in chemistry and are supervised by a Calvin College faculty mentor and receive a fellowship award of $2,500 for 8 weeks of full-time work. 

Note: High school seniors who have participated in the Project SEED summer program are eligible to apply for a one year, non-renewable college scholarship of up to $5,000 at a college of their choice.

Application Procedure

1. Download application (pdf pdf). The applicant must complete the application – and submit electronically to or mail to the address below:

2. Please arrange for 2-3 reference letters from:

  • 1st letter, required from a chemistry/ science teacher.
  • 2nd letter, required
  • 3rd letter, preferred 

Choose individuals who know you and your academic abilities. Details for the recommender are given at the end of the application.

3. We require a copy of your most recent official high school transcript; the transcript should include PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores. Have it mailed to the address below:

Application, transcript, and recommendation letter must be submitted on or before April 15 to or sent to:

Calvin College
Chemistry Department NH156
Project SEED
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Information for Individuals Writing a Letter of Reference

(this info is also listed on the application)

We need a candid description of the applicant.  Please include in your letter:

  • How you know the applicant, and if applicable, include the courses in which you have been the student’s instructor.
  • Your assessment of the applicant’s academic strength, communication skills, ability to work independently, self-confidence, work habits, and ability to work with others.

It will be most helpful to the selection committee if your letter includes both strengths and areas where the applicant can use further development. Please email your reference letter by April 15 to  Include your name, title/institution, phone number, and email address (we will contact you to confirm your letter submission). You may attach a Word Document or PDF to your email. The applicant will not be able to see your letter.


Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be considering a science major or career
  • Have completed a one-year introductory high school chemistry course
  • Be entering your junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2015
  • Can establish family income meets program guidelines (see below)

Download application (pdf pdf)

Applications Due: April 15

Income Requirements

(These income requirements are established by the ACS Project SEED Program)

Family Income Requirements

You must be recognized as economically disadvantaged to be considered for Project SEED. Preference is given to students whose family does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size.

Exceptions to Income Eligibility

An exception to the maximum family income of 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for family size may be made in cases where there is evidence of factors which may deter a student from considering a career in science. For example if:

  • You are African-American, Hispanic, or Native American
  • Historically, your family is underrepresented in science
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend college
  • You live in a single parent household
  • You are a member of a large family

Contact Information

Erika Purcell-Williams

Erika Purcell-Williams

Administrative Assistant
Full profile