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High school students invited to perform college-level research

06.24.2015 | By:
American Chemical Society Project Seed

Sara Cuellar, a 2015 Polytechnic High School graduate, and Davion Oliver, a junior at Everman High School, have been selected to perform research at Texas Wesleyan University this summer. They will work under the direction of Dr. Terrence Neumann, who is studying how 3D printers can be used to create protein models to explain biochemical concepts.

The American Chemical Society’s Project SEED provides a $2,500 fellowship to economically disadvantaged students to participate in an eight-week summer research program at an academic, government or industrial laboratory. An important feature of the Project SEED program is its emphasis on career development and its motivation of students to pursue higher education in the natural sciences.

This is Dr. Neumann’s first year as a Project SEED mentor. Although ACS provides no monetary compensation for the researchers who sponsor SEED students, Dr. Neumann feels the program is worth the extra effort.

"As a first generation college student, I experienced challenges similar to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds," said Neumann. "This opportunity is available to help inspire students to pursue science through means not otherwise available."