• Summer Experience in Antibiotic Discovery and Development (SEADD)

  • The Summer experience in Antibiotic Discovery and Development (SEADD) is an engaging, college-level program designed to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills needed to make an informed decision about a career in the natural sciences. Students will learn about the broad range of careers and experimental techniques involved in pharmaceutical development from lead compound discovery to FDA approval and commercialization through sixty hours of curriculum with a focus on the chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. Students can expect full immersion with hands-on activities, guided instruction, and guest lectures from area professionals.

    The program breaks down into two over-arching project areas:

    • Extraction of a natural antibacterial, semi-synthesis to alter biological activity, and characterization of the change in activity – primarily chemistry and biochemistry
    • Isolation and identification of soil bacteria which naturally produce antibiotics and other pharmaceutically useful chemicals – primarily molecular biology and microbiology

    Two sessions will be offered which will have significant overlap in curricula. Differences will exist to make the most of the available facilities. For example, the UT Arlington session will take a chemistry approach to an experimental problem; while the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas session will tackle the same problem with a molecular biology approach. Below is a detailed project description highlighting the similarities and differences between the two sessions:

  • Each session consists of classes twice-a-week for five weeks, for a total of 10 classes. Daily schedule is 9am – 4pm with a break for lunch. A student may only attend one session.

    GSNETX Girls-only Session*: Mondays and Wednesdays from June 11th- July 18th, no class the week of July 4th; located at Camp Whispering Cedars 6010 Whispering Cedars Drive, Dallas TX 75236

    UT Arlington Co-ed Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 10th - August 9th; located at 700 Planetarium Place, Arlington, TX 76019


    $750 tuition

    Information about need based financial aid is available upon request - email info@tsogiants.org 

    *Discount available for active members of GSNETX


  • Apply for SEADD 2018

    Applications must be received no later than April 20th, 2018. Deadline extended to April 30th! Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by May 1st.

    To apply, a parent or guardian will need to create an account below with both parent/guardian and student information, select the desired summer program, complete a brief questionnaire, then upload an essay and transcripts. For more information on the requisite application material, click here.