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This summer 9 Jr. Bills were among 88 rising seniors in the metropolitan area who participated in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program. This six-week pre-collegiate program provides research opportunities and training for talented rising senior high school students aspiring to careers in science.
A total of 29 students produced work strong enough to receive a Partnership of Research Institutions Award for Excellence in Research. Five of these students were Jr. Bills.
The awardees were selected after they presented their research papers to their peers, parents and research mentors at the conclusion of the program.
“The evaluation scores from the panel of scientists who reviewed the research papers were the best in the history of the Award,” said STARS Director Kenneth R. Mares, a member of the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
The Award criteria included: (1) difficulty and complexity of the research, (2) appropriateness of the research methodology, (3) findings, (4) quality of the writing, (5)overall quality of the research process.
STARS pairs high school students with prominent area scientists to conduct undergraduate-level research in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, medicine, and psychology.
UMSL partners with scientists from the Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University in St. Louis to offer students a variety of research opportunities.
The program also includes lectures by nationally known scientists, information sessions about the higher education admissions process and social events.
In its 32nd year, STARS has sent more than 2,300 students with research experience to top universities.
Congratulations to the following Jr. Bills who were recognized with a Partnership of Research Institutions Award for Excellence in Research.
- Matthew Friedrichs ’19: “Automated Video Analysis of Supersonic Shockwave Patterns Captured with Schlieren Imaging.” Dr. Mark McQuilling, Saint Louis University.
- Daniel Gatewood ’19: “Biochemical Investigation of Plant Aspartate Aminotransferases.” Dr. Joseph Jez, Washington University.
- Dominic Nguyen ’19: “Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Personnel’s Knowledge and Training on Occupational Radiation Exposures and Safety.” Dr. Terri Rebman, Saint Louis University.
- Nicholas Schulze ’19: “Identification of Novel Genes in Budding Yeast.” Dr. Zhenguo Lin, Saint Louis University.
- Tong Wu ’19: “Discovery and Rotational Analysis of a New Electronic Transition of Tungsten Monosulfide.” Dr. James and Leah O'Brien, University of Missouri–St. Louis.