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Two LHWHS Seniors Awarded, Five Graduate from STARS Program

The students pose for a group photo.

Two juniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School who participated in the 2015 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program won an LMI Aerospace Award in Excellence in Research after presenting their papers to a panel of research scientists!

Gregory Farn and Bianca Yu, two of the 27 winners, received their awards at a reception on Oct. 19, 2015, in the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Century Rooms of the Millennium Student Center.

Gregory Farn and Bianca Yu pose with their awards.In all, five juniors from LHWHS have graduated from the program this summer at the University of Missouri – St. Louis!

STARS pairs students with top research mentors from Confluence Discovery Technologies, the Donald Danforth Plan Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the host institution, UMSL.

The 2015 STARS program graduates from LHWHS are: Spencer Chen, Gregory Farn, Oishi Paul, Alexander Tan, and Ina (Bianca) Yu.

“We’re happy to provide high school students access to STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] opportunities on UMSL’s campus and in UMSL’s laboratories so that they might one day become top scientists themselves,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George said in a news release.
Our students were among 68 high school juniors who filled UMSL’s laboratories this summer. The students’ research included the following fields: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology.

After six weeks of working alongside 60 local scientists, our students completed the following projects:

  • Spencer Chen, with Dr. Ramesh Agarwal, Washington University: “Techno-economic analysis of chemical looping combustion with natural gas using ASPEN Plus”
  • Gregory Farn, with Dr. Istvan Kiss, Saint Louis University: “Dynamical differentiation of chemical oscillations”
  • Oishi Paul, with Dr. Matthew Silva, Washington University: “Molecular pathology of an inherited Brugada Syndrome mutation”
  • Alexander Tan, with Dr. Mikhail Berezin and Michael Xi, Washington University: “Nitration of an Indole”
  • Ina Yu, with Dr. Matthew Silva, Washington University: “Enhancing expression of cardiac sodium ion channel Nav1.5”

The annual summer program is in its 28th year and has graduated its 2000th student.