This summer, three Francis Howell School District student scientists participated in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program [STARS] at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. During the September Board of Education meeting, program director Dr. Ken Mares presented Francis Howell High senior David Yang with the STARS Award for Excellence in Research for his paper titled “Evaluating mineral proxies of microbial sulphate reduction in Santa Monica Basin sediments.”
The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments. Student projects are judged on the difficulty and complexity of the research, the appropriateness of the research methodology, findings, quality of writing and the overall quality of the research process. Reviewers also assigned points to eight critical components of the papers in order to quantify the evaluation assessment.