Students Study Alongside Scientists in STARS Program

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Lindbergh High School students (L-R) Stephanie Fei, Shravan Dommaraju and Tiffany Lee were among more than 80 aspiring scientists who spent six weeks this summer 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.

The 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. Lindbergh students worked on research including:

  • Shravan Rama Dommaraju, “Hydrogen Bonding Energies in DNA Nearest Neighbors,” with Dr. Brent Znosko of Saint Louis University
  • Stephanie Yun Fei, “Segmentation in Perception and Reading,” with Dr. Jeff Zacks of Washington University
  • Tiffany Lee, “Analysis of Cholesterol Effects on Surrounding Phospholipids in Cell Membranes using Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” with Dr. Dan Ory of Washington University

“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.”

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.


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