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Low-Income Students Overcome Obstacles To Present Research

American Chemical Society

Two Boston Students Join In Sessions Marking The 30th Year Of Model Education Program

Two Boston-area students will be among more than 46 chemistry students from around the U.S. who will present scientific findings this week at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, marking the 30th anniversary of a highly successful effort to encourage low-income students as they pursue higher education and careers.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Project SEED has given nearly 5,000 high school students from low-income families, and who are mostly minorities, the opportunity to spend their summers conducting hands-on research with scientists in their laboratories. The program has been praised by participants and sponsors alike as a remarkable success, helping students--the majority of whom are from families with an annual income below $27,000--discover their skills and abilities and develop self-confidence. Moreover, Project SEED participants have been encouraged to pursue advanced study and ultimately choose careers in science and technology.

During the ACS national meeting in Boston, more than 46 students from across the country will display their Project SEED research findings at a poster session on Aug. 24 in conjunction with the ACS Presidential Event on creating diversity in the chemistry workforce. Two students from West Roxbury and Charlestown High Schools in Boston will be among the Project SEED participants and will be available to reporters for interviews, along with their mentor from Northeastern University.

When

Monday, Aug. 24
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Where

Hynes Convention Center
Ballroom A, 3rd Level

Who

Zhi Chen and Qiu Ci Li, Project SEED Participants from Boston

Dr. Patricia Mabrouk, Project SEED mentor
Northeastern University Department of Chemistry

plus more than 40 additional Project SEED students from across the country

For Further Information Contact:

Nancy Blount, (202) 872-4451
August 20-27: Press Room, Convention Center, Room 308
Phone: (617) 351-6808, FAX: (617) 351-6820

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