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Ten Parkway students spent summer learning with top scientists

Ten Parkway high school students spent their summer working some of the top scientists in the greater St. Louis area.  These aspiring student scientists conducted a wide range of research, studying everything from the parasite levels of different species of caterpillars to the impact of caffeine on preterm infants.

On July 17, they graduated from the 2009 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. UMSL partnered with the Donald Danforth Science Center, St. Louis University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Washington University in St. Louis, all of which provided research opportunities for the STARS participants.  The program is sponsored by Pfizer Inc., LMI Aerospace Inc. /D3Technologies and the Solae Company.

Each STARS student chooses one research project from a variety of outstanding opportunities. Fifty-three faculty members from the participating academic institutions and two scientists from the Danforth Center volunteered for this project.  In addition, Pfizer Inc. and the Solae Company identified research scientists to make career presentations.

The Parkway 2009 STARS graduating students and their schools are: 

Central HighLiron Ganel, John Lee, Kenny Lu, Charles Qin

North HighDavid Goldfeld, Jodie Guller

South High:  Diane Shen, Cara Welker

West HighSonia Boodram, Lubov Ezerskiy

Click here for more information about the STARS program.