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Eight Parkway Students Receive Award for Excellence in Research

This summer, fifteen Parkway students were selected among 63 St. Louis area students to participate in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Of those fifteen students, nine went on to receive the 2006 Pfizer Inc. and Solutia Inc. Award for Excellence in Research. The awards are presented to students who distinguished themselves during the STARS program. Pfizer Inc., Solutia Inc. and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, sponsor this intensive summer research program for rising junior and senior level high school students. The STARS program introduces high school juniors and seniors to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by successful scientists in an academic, private, or corporate research institutions. The selection committee reviewed all of the papers in the various categories and found the winning papers best exemplified the following qualities: difficulty and complexity of the research; appropriateness of the research methodology; findings; quality of writing and overall quality of the research process. Each of the winners will be presented with the following items: " A Board of Curators scholarship to the University of Missouri-St. Louis " A framed Pfizer Inc. and Solutia Inc. Award for Excellence in Research " Seven bound copies of his or her research paper Below is the list of Parkway winners and their projects from the 2006 Pfizer Inc. and Solutia Inc. STARS program. Also listed are the winners school, his or her mentor and the mentors university: Pfizer Awards for Excellence in Research Winners Hang Gao, Parkway Central High School, Preliminary Studies on Central/Peripheral Factors of Adult Neuroplasticity, Dr. J. Gail Neely, Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University in St. Louis Haoran Li, Parkway West High School, Identification of Metal-Binding Ligands of Nickel Dependent Transcriptional Regulator RcnR, Dr. Peter Chivers, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis Nilu Rath, Parkway North High School, The Role of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-9 in Regulating Hepcidin, Dr. Robert Fleming, Department of Pediatrics, Saint Louis University Amit Shintre, Parkway North High School, Role of Isoflavanoids in Soybean Nodulation by Bradyrhizobium japonicum, Dr. Oliver Yu, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Jing Xue, Parkway South High School, Role of Serotonin in Stress Response, Dr. Wendi Neckameyer, Department of Pharmacology and Physiological Science, Saint Louis University Albert Zheng, Parkway North High School, The Effects of ELL Mutations on Notch-Dependent Hyperplasia in Drosophila, Dr. Joel Eissenberg, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Saint Louis University Solutia Awards for Excellence in Research Winners Jessicah Hard, Parkway South High School, Thermodynamic and Structural Characterization of RNA Oligonucleotides Containing Bulges of Three, Dr. Brent Znosko, Department of Chemistry, Saint Louis University Penchang Wang, Parkway South High School, Effective Application of Wireless Sensor Networks in Semi-active Structural Control, Dr. Shirley Dyke, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis