Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Students are STARS in Science

A summer of hard work has rewarded four Parkway aspiring scientists who spent several weeks conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors. The students have been named winners of the Pfizer and LMI Aerospace/D3 Technologies Award for Excellence in Research. The award is presented to students who distinguished themselves during the 2009 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In all, ten Parkway students participated in the STARS 2009 program.  
Following are Parkway’s Excellence in Research winners and their research topics:

Luba Ezerskiy (left), Parkway West High School, “Mechanism of Morphine Inhibition of Synapse Formation in Primary Astrocyte-Neuron Co-Cultures,” Mariana Beltcheva, SLU. (Pfizer)

Jodie Guller (right), Parkway North High School, “Impact of Caffeine on Brain Development in Preterm Infants,” Amit Mathur and Terrie Inder, WUSTL. (Pfizer) 

John Lee (left), Parkway Central High School, “The Synthesis and Spectroscopy of Organocobalt Compounds,” John Bleeke, WUSTL. (LMI/D3) 

Diane Shen (right), Parkway South High School, “Determination of the Impact of Caffeine on Preterm Infants Through Diffusion-Tensor Imaging,” Amit Mathur and Terrie Inder, WUSTL. (Pfizer)

Notably, Luba Ezerskiy and Jodie Guller have both been asked to present their research to senior scientists at Solae Company’s world headquarters in St. Louis. Solae is the world leader in developing innovative soy-based technology and ingredients for food and nutritional products.