The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program of George Washington University places academically talented students in Department of Defense Laboratories for eight weeks each summer. There, the students work closely with scientists and engineers who act as their mentors. The Chemistry Division of the Naval Research Laboratory has been one of the laboratories that consistently provides an inspiring environment for the young apprentices. Every year the apprentices prepare papers and presentations based on their work.
In 1998, David Venezky, an active member of the Chemical Society of Washington (an Academy Affiilate), retired from the Naval Research Laboratory. Rather than receive a number of congratulatory plaques and certificates or participate in a series of farewell breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, Dr. Venezky instead requested that the funds that would normally be devoted to such activities instead be used as an Award fund to be housed at the Washington Academy of Sciences. The awards are given to the Chemistry Division apprentices making the best presentations.
More information about the SEAP program can be found at http://seap.asee.org/