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Fourteen Parkway Students Accepted into UMSL STARS Program

This summer, fourteen Parkway students will have the chance to shine in the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The STARS program pairs students and teachers with research mentors from UMSL, Saint Louis University and Washington University. For six weeks, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers and medical researchers at the three research institutions take student apprentices under their wings in their laboratories, sharing their expertise as they direct the students in research projects. "Through teacher-student-mentor scientist partnerships, participants apply various problem-solving strategies to independent research projects," said Ken Mares, associate director of science education programs at UMSL. "They write technical reports and orally present their results in a seminar format." This year’s STARS program, "Experiencing the Scientific Enterprise," will be held June 13-July 22 at UMSL. Besides conducting research and presenting papers, students tour scientific enterprises in St. Louis, take part in career workshops and attend lectures by leading scientists in the St. Louis community. The Parkway students are: Yue Du, Ryan Wang and Jiaqi Zhang of Central High; Jonathan Gunasingham, Connie He, Diane Ma, Todd Romkema, Cissy Yang, Moyang Li and Jane Zhang of South High; and Adithya Bhat, Tony Chan, Fatima Sabar and Xiaoyu Yan of West High.