Education & Training

Project SEED

Mr. Ken Cutler, Director of Project SEED, with Ms. Isa Watson a graduate of the program.

The Project SEED program is a statewide, year-round science enrichment program. The goals of the program are to financially support and encourage talented, disadvantaged North Carolina high school students to pursue terminal graduate and professional school degrees in chemistry, or chemistry related science disciplines through a scientific research internship experience. Each student is involved in a research project in chemistry and/or chemistry-related sciences under the guidance and supervision of an experienced scientist (preceptor) at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Hamner's Health Research & Education Foundation formed an educational partnership with Project SEED of North Carolina in 2001. Project SEED is a program developed by the American Chemical Society to encourage economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue careers in the chemical sciences by providing a comprehensive internship in scientific research. The Project SEED director in North Carolina is Kenneth Cutler.

Students participating in Project SEED are placed in academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories for 8-10 weeks during the summer to conduct research under the mentorship of accomplished scientists. Follow-up activities during the year include participation in science conferences for high school students and presentations of summer research projects at national competitions and conferences.

Project SEED: Growing futures in a lab, WRAL-TV news story, July 2008

WCOM 103.5 FM Radio In Vivo Podcast with Ken Cutler, April 11, 2007

For more information please call (919) 558-1346 or visit