Thirty aspiring scientists have been rewarded for a summer of hard work in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The teenage scientists were part of a larger group of 88 students that spent six weeks conducting intensive research and producing award-winning research papers with help from St. Louis-area professionals and professors.
STARS pairs academically talented, rising junior- and senior-level high school students with mentors to provide research opportunities for the participants. UMSL partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Confluence Discovery Technologies. Following six weeks of research on everything from biofuels to bumblebees, the participants presented their research papers to their peers, parents and research mentors.
Out of the 30 high school students named winners of the LMI Aerospace Inc. Award for Excellence in Research, 12 are from local schools, including: Praveen Bagavandoss, Poornaashri Malarvannan and Sanjay Elangovan from Marquette High; Christopher Halen from Whitfield School; Joshua Kazdan and Michelle Tang from John Burroughs; Filip Ponjevic from Lafayette High; Clara Sun from Parkway West High; Eesha Sabherwal from Parkway North High; Danielle Eve Serota from Parkway Central High; Kevin Zheng from Parkway South High; and Stephanie Strothkamp from Westminster Christian Academy.