Project SEED 2019 Application Deadline: April 1

The 2019 Required Student and Parent Information Meeting is on March 9. Click here for details!

Dear high school students, parents and teachers,

Thank you for your interest in the Indianapolis Project SEED Summer Research Internship Program at IUPUI.

IMPORTANT: Project SEED only accepts students whose family income meets the Financial Eligibility Guidelines established by the American Chemical Society. Before you continue with this application process, please show parents this link, and review the income numbers according to household number size:

Photocopies of parents’ 2018 income tax returns that are completed this year will need to be submitted by the parents or legal guardians prior to the student being accepted.

If family income exceeds the guidelines, and you are an Indiana high school student, we recommend that you study all options available to you at the summary chart at There are multiple programs available for students depending on their location and interest.

Thank you for your interest in the Indianapolis Project SEED Summer Research Internship Program at IUPUI.

Because of the substantial opportunity this program presents, a good application will require time to complete. There are generally 4 applicants for every internship position, so please represent yourself as best as you can.

All applicants must have completed 2 semesters of chemistry before the program begins and be:

Mature Sophomores – going into Junior year
Juniors – going into Senior year
Seniors* – going into college.

*There are laboratories that require students to be 18 so we encourage Seniors to apply.

In preparation, please:

1.   Have your guidance counselor provide you with a school transcript as you will be required to enter many of your course grades into our application.  Also gather up scores for your SAT, PSAT, ACT and any AP or IB exams that you have taken. Sometimes these scores appear on your school transcript, sometimes not.  Please ask your guidance counselor! (If you have not taken these exams write n/a in those fields as they are 'not available')

2.   Create an email account that you will use for the SEED application and for your future college applications. I personally recommend Yahoo or Gmail, and I recommend dignified email names like or to be more professional rather than

Students may also need to help parents create a free email account as they will need to complete part 4 - the Parent and Financial Information section of the application.

3.   Please make arrangements to attend the March 9 mandatory Student and Parent Information Meeting at the IU School of Medicine on IUPUI's campus.
Click here for meeting date and location.

Updates and News. If you would like to receive updates and news about the summer research program, please send an email to  Please include your name, high school, graduation year and other relevant details.  

 Important Dates:

March 9 - Required Student and Parent Information Meeting. See link for details:

April 1 - Application deadline.  All online information should be completed

May 1 - All students will be notified of acceptance status.

May 28 and July 19* - Start and Finish dates for the summer research program. *Students whose school schedule goes into June will finish their internship on July 26.

Summer Research Application. Please complete the 4 parts in order:

1. General Information - click here. This application asks your basic information, school, addresses, and interests.

2. Academic Achievement - click here. Be accurate.  You will need to submit your transcript for verification if you are accepted.  You may need to look at your transcript.

3. Teacher Recommendation - click here. 
Be sure to give your teacher/s at least 1 week advance notice. It takes time. 
Other mentors and people in your life may write a recommendation also.  Give teachers the link to the website

4. Parent and Financial Information click here. 
IMPORTANT: This should be completed by your parent/s or legal guardian/s with whom you live. The Parent should have an email different from the student email in parts 1 and 2 so we can communicate with the parent separately. Because a stipend is awarded to students, this information will be used to determine the student's eligibility to participate in the program and receive the $2,500.00 stipend.

We realize that some parents do not file taxes until after our application deadline of April 1. This should not be an obstacle because most of the information can be determined from W-2 forms or public assistance forms.  All accepted students will need to submit copies of their parent's 2019 tax return based on 2018 income.   Please read the financial guidelines document to determine stipend eligibility – click here

After reading this page if you still have questions please contact our program coordinator, Elmer Sanders, by email: or by phone: (317) 514-3212