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Six Parkway students receive science research awards

9/8/2017 -- Six Parkway high school students attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis STARS Program as aspiring scientists and left as award-winning researchers. The students won a special recognition…the Partnership of Research Institution’s Award for Excellence in Research after presenting their research papers to their peers, parents and project mentors.


The scientific papers are the end product of six weeks of participating in UMSL’s pre-collegiate STARS program, which pairs high school students with prominent area scientists to conduct undergraduate-level research projects.


UMSL partners with the Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis to offer students a variety of research opportunities.


Research papers were reviewed by a panel of experts from Monsanto, Confluence Life Science, SIU-Edwardsville, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The reviewers looked for overall quality based on standards the scientific community uses to determine worthiness for formal publications.


Following are Parkway’s Excellence in Research winners, their research topics and the university they worked with:


Sarah Butterfield, Parkway North High School. "The synergistic effect of Curcumin and Silymarin on G12 cancer cells.” Dr. Uthayashanker Ezekiel, Saint Louis University


William Chen, Parkway South High School. “Evaluating the effect of varied pressure on the production of nano/sub-micron hydrogel particles through multiple apparatuses.” Dr. Scott Sell, Saint Louis University


Saayli Khambekar, Parkway North High School. “The effect of geometry on Manuka honey impregnated tissue engineering scaffold efficacy.” Dr. Scott Sell, Saint Louis University


Anusha Manjunath, Parkway Central High School. "The effect of endotracheal tube tip position on unplanned extubations in the NICU.” Dr. Amit Mathur, Washington University


Saikushal Marri, Parkway South High School. “Analyzing the response of maize through the utilization of remote sensing technologies.” Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Saint Louis University


Sudheesha Paladugu, Parkway South High School. “Relationship between sensory interventions given to premature infants in neonatal intensive care unit and maternal mental health.” Dr. Roberta Pineda, Washington University