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Parkway had a huge presence in STARS program at University of Missouri St. Louis

A summer of hard work has paid off for more than 21 aspiring Parkway scientists who spent six weeks conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors as part of the 2102 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists Program (STARS) at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.          

Students were paired with top research mentors from UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the Solae Company.  The experts from the five institutions took on student apprentices in laboratories and directed students in research projects.                                               

"High school students interested in a science career get a big head start with their participation in the STARS program," said UMSL Chancellor Tom George.  "For six weeks, students interact with experts in their fields, work in labs and take away with them an invaluable real-life, hands-on experience."                                                         

This year, Parkway had a huge presence in the STARS program with 21 students from all four of its high schools taking part. That’s the most Parkway participants ever in one session and a fact heralded by the school administration.

"We're excited to have had a record number of students participating in the STARS program this year,” said Desi Kirchhofer, district deputy superintendent.  “It is a very popular program for Parkway students, primarily due to the high quality faculty as well as the rigor and relevance of the research projects."                                                            

The program is funded partially through LMI Aerospace/D3 Technologies, Solae, the Office of the Chancellor at UMSL, Saint Louis University, Washington University and the Green Foundation.

The Parkway students for the 2012 STARS program are:

Central High School: Louis S. Wang, Rebecca Moyi Zhang, Jonathan Herbert Brand, Henry Du Chen, Victor Ge, Tommy Huan Du

North High School: Yu Deng

South High School: Shreya Sharma, Mindy Xu, Nagasai Sindhura Yalavarthi, Satya Pavan Yalla, Alice Ling Zou, Humza Ahmed, Michael Thomas Esker, Katherine Yufan Li, Jenna Louise Lin and Joyce Chen Lin, Brian Cheng , Kevin Jed He

West High School: Ann Ni, Tatsumi Yanaba