Five Rockwood students will have the opportunity to work with scientists this summer through the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The students are:
Felipe Badke d'Andrea, Lafayette High School
Jacob Dean Cohen, Marquette High School
Jerik K. Leung, Lafayette High School
Alan Lu, Lafayette High School
Vivek Ram Vallurupalli, Lafayette High School
During the program, students will conduct research on various topics including plant responses, environmental stress and cancer, as well as gain knowledge on the college application process and attend lectures by leading scientists. Each student will be paired with a research mentor from UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis or the Solae Company.
“The university is thrilled to once again open its doors to some of the brightest science students in the St. Louis area,” said Tom George, chancellor of UMSL. “The STARS program offers a unique and important research opportunity.”
The program is funded partially through LMI Aerospace/D3 Technologies, the Office of the Chancellor at UMSL, Saint Louis University, Washington University, Green Foundation and Solae. Participants in the 2012 program include 82 students from 33 high schools in the St. Louis metro area, as well as California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Greece.