Planting a SEED to STEM careers

SEED, a program designed to help promising disadvantaged youth launch science careers, is seeking mentoring help from technical communicators.

The California Section of the American Chemical Society’s Summer Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged (SEED) program is:

  • A nation-wide program run by the American Chemical Society
  • A chemistry-oriented, hands-on research internship program
  • Focused on low-income high school students who are paid for participating over 1-2 summers
  • Full-time work for 9 weeks under the supervision of scientist mentors in industry, academia, and government labs

Dr. Elaine Yamaguchi is the retired but tireless Coordinator for the California Section of SEED, which is the second largest program in the US, thanks to her volunteer efforts for the past 35 years.

In 2017, five CA Section students won college scholarships after completing their chemistry internships, more than any of the nation’s other SEED programs.

Now, interested members of northern California STC chapters have an opportunity to directly increase the number of student scholarships by helping a SEED student write compellingly about his or her summer internship in the application form.

SEED welcomes any STC member who is willing to provide editorial support in the late fall for two important scholarship application answers. Making 350 words in two boxes sing is no great effort for us. But the outcome of a couple hours and a few emails with a SEED student could result in a life-changing transformation for a budding young chemist’s college prospects.

The SEED-STC partnership was instigated by past EBSTC president Liz Miller, who has been supporting the Chevron-sponsored activities behind Elaine’s program since 2015. “Providing writing and administrative support is extremely gratifying to me because I know I’m helping open doors for every student who participates,” she says. “It’s impossible not to be inspired by Elaine’s passion and dedication. Creating an opportunity for STC to contribute seemed like a natural fit.”

Learn more about the STC partnership in this short presentation prepared by Liz, Planting a SEED to STEM career. Once you are inspired, contact Elaine and CC Liz Miller.