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Nine rising seniors were accepted to the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). They are among 75 St. Louis-area students to participate in this competitive summer program, in which they will conduct intensive research with local professionals and professors for six to eight weeks.
“STARS is a perfect program for students to discover the power and importance of adding new knowledge to the common collective, for the greater good,” says chemistry teacher Mary Russo. “The fact that we have nine STARS students this year is remarkable and a testament to their talent and interest in applying scientific discovery to improve our world.”
STARS introduces high school students to aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by successful scientists in academic, private or corporate research institutions. UMSL sponsors the program in cooperation with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Washington University in St. Louis.
Daniel Gatewood ‘20
Dr. Joseph Jez (Washington University-St. Louis)
Exploring regulatory networks in plants and microbes; investigating the molecular basis of biological processes with biochemistry, protein engineering, x-ray crystallography and cell biology.
Nicholas Schulze ‘20
Dr. Zhenguo Lin (Saint Louis University)
Studying the evolution of genome and gene regulation through generating and analyzing high-throughput sequencing data.
Tong Wu ‘20
Dr. James O’Brien and Dr. Leah O’Brien (University of Missouri-St. Louis/ Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville)
Utilizing high resolution molecular spectroscopy to analyze diatomic free radicals that can be important in catalysis or in the semiconductor industry.
ENGINEERING / EARTH & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE / COMPUTER SCIENCE / PHYSICS
Sirius Song ‘20
Dr. Badri Adhikar (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
Investigating how artificial intelligence and machine learning can improve human health; developing methods for predicting three-dimensional models of protein molecules.
Thomas Reilly ‘20
Dr. Jeffrey G. Catalano (Washington University-St. Louis)
Studying how heavy metals in wetlands affect the production of greenhouse gases; investigating the formation of clay minerals and their possible role as energy sources for life.
David Thuita ‘20
Dr. Henry Kang (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
Exploring computer graphics and computer game development with a focus on non-photorealistic rendering and illustrative visualization, which emphasizes the aesthetic and perceptual aspects.
Matthew Friedrichs ‘20
Dr. Mark McQuilling (Saint Louis University)
Developing predictive relationships from acquired data using dimensional analysis and curve-fitting techniques to design more efficient supersonic engine inlets.
MEDICINE / PSYCHOLOGY / ALLIED HEALTH
Bryce Van Bree ‘20
Dr. Rachel Wamser Nanney (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
Studying the brain and its reactions to physical and chemical stimuli, specifically what physically happens during and after traumatic stress, to offer fresh perspectives for care and treatment.
Dominic Nguyen ‘20
Dr. Terri Rebmann (Saint Louis University)
Researching a biosecurity-related project, such as assessing community resilience relating to local hospital integrity and regional stockpiles in preparation for a pandemic or bioterrorism attack.