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Six Parkway students receive science research award

9/6/2016 -- Six Parkway aspiring scientists have been rewarded for a summer of hard work at the Students and Teachers as Research Scientist (STARS) Program.

Thirteen Parkway students spent the summer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis STARS Program as aspiring scientists and left as award-winning researchers. Of these six STARS program participants 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 Arraybridge, 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.

Below is a complete listing of the Parkway winners and their projects from the 2016 STARS program. Also listed are the winner’s school, the student’s mentor and the mentor’s university:

  • Bushra Nawal Ahmed, West High

“Intracavity Laser Absorption Spectroscopy of Copper Oxide: Analysis of the [16.5] 2Σ+-X 2Π1/2 Transition”, Dr. James O'Brien and Dr. Leah O'Brien, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

  •  Balaji Cherupalla, Central High

“The Contribution of Glutathione Synthesis to the Virulence of Group B Streptococcus in a Mouse Model of Invasive Disease”, Dr. Blythe Janowiak, Saint Louis University

  •  Souradip Ghosh, Central High

“Investigating Functions of Auxin Response Factor Genes on Reproductive Development in Arabidopsis thaliana”, Dr. Wenyan Xiao, Saint Louis University

  •  Aditya Gokhale, North High

“Synthesis and Shape-control of Cu2O Nanocrystals for Solar Fuel Generation”

Dr. Bryce Sadtler, Washington University

  • Medha Srigiri, South High

“Evaluation of Cardiomyopathy in the Murine Model of Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA through Echocardiography”, Dr. Adriana M. Montaño, Saint Louis University

  •  Mary Elizabeth Steurer, West High

“Comparison of the Activity of the Trypsin Enzyme in Solution and Immobilized on Nanoporous Gold”, Dr. Keith Stine, University of Missouri-St. Louis