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Six LHWHS Students Participate in 2014 STARS Program

The students pose for a group photo.

Six Ladue Horton Watkins High School students participated in the 2014 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL.)  STARS pairs students with top research mentors from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the host institution, UMSL.

This year’s participants were:  Susanna Barrett, Huayu Gao, Tom Liu, Adeel Qayum, Anthony Ton, Nevel Vaidyan.

During the course of the program, students are required to write research papers.  This year’s participants wrote the following papers:

Susanna Barrett, “Investigation of the Effects of the Nucleoporin, AtGle1, on Seed Viability.” Dr. Wenyan Xiao, Saint Louis University.*

Huayu Gao,  “The Effects of Item-Specific and Relational Processing on Homograph False Memory with Blocked and Alternated Lists.” Dr. David Balota, Dr. Mark Huff, Washington University in St. Louis.*

Tom Liu,  “Daily Growth Regulation of the Hypocotyl by Mass Spec Identified Modulating Growth Factor 1 (MMF1).” Dr. Dmitri A. Nusinow, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Adeel Qayum,  “Ability of Jurisdictions to Dispense Mass Medical Countermeasures During a Biological Disaster Using Open Points of Dispensing (PODs): A National Study.” Dr. Terri Rebmann, Saint Louis University.*

Anthony Ton,  “Construction of Thioglycoside Building Blocks Towards the Synthesis of Globetetraosylceramide (Gb4).”  Dr. Alexei Demchenko, University of Missouri-St. Louis.*

Nevel Vaidyan,  “Title of Project: Concentrations of Heavy Metals in Community Gardens of St. Louis.” Dr. Daniel E. Giammar and Zezhen Pan, Washington University in St. Louis.*

*From the 88 students participating in the STARS program, the research papers of 30 students are being recognized with the LMI Aerospace inc. Award for Excellence in Research.  These students will be receiving this special recognition.