Project Opens Up Careers to Disadvantaged Teens

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Indiana teenagers are getting hands-on research experience in chemical sciences as part of a summer program designed to expose disadvantaged high school students to career and educational opportunities.
  Project SEED was founded by the American Chemical Society. The 10 northern Indiana students involved in the program work full-time in laboratories at Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend for eight weeks.<br />  
  The South Bend Tribune reports each student receives a $2,500 stipend and mentoring from scientists.
  All write a five-page paper about what they've learned and are eligible for a Project SEED college scholarship.
  Notre Dame chemistry professor Mary Prorok says the program helps raise students' awareness about the need for scientists to work in science, technology, engineering and math fields.