LHWHS Students Graduate from 2017 STARS Program

This year, five Ladue Horton Watkins High School students graduated from the 2017 STARS Program (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists), a six-week precollegiate research program held over the summer!

About 95 students from area schools worked with more than 60 local scientists from fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. The program runs six weeks and offers high school students an opportunity to gain some undergraduate-level research experience.

Over the course of the program, the five Ladue Schools students synthesized their work into research papers. The papers include:

  • Justin Lam: “Process simulations and optimization of chemical looping combustion for mixtures of coal and biomass using iron based oxygen carrier” with the assistance of Dr. Ramesh Agarwal, Washington University.
  • Sophia Li: “Comparing the neonatal feeding assessments scores of the NEO to the NOMAS” with the assistance of Dr. Roberta Pineda, Washington University.
  • Leda Liang: “Stroke-based Vector Field Visualization” with the assistance of Dr. Henry Kang, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • Annie Liu: “Development of a preclinical NF1-MPNST model suitable for drug discovery and evaluation” with the assistance of Dr. Angela Hirbe, Washington University.
  • Sanya Vatwani: “Findings from an assessment and inventory of a regional, decentralized stockpile” with the assistance of Dr. Terri Rebmann, Saint Louis University.

The mentors are top researchers from Confluence Discovery Technologies, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the host institution, UMSL.

“UMSL is happy to offer STARS students, who are some of the best and brightest, exceptional, collegiate research opportunities,” said UMSL Chancellor Tom George. “Hopefully the experience inspires them to become top scientists themselves and help make the world a better place.”

At the ceremony, George announced a scholarship covering tuition and offering $750 for books and research opportunities for any STARS student wishing to enroll at UMSL in fall 2018.

STARS is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor at UMSL, SLU, WUSTL, St. Louis Symphony, Monsanto, Missouri Botanical Garden, Academy of Science of St. Louis, Easter Seal Midwest, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Symphony, University of Missouri–Kansas City, John Burroughs School and Boeing Co.