This summer, 11 Rockwood students were given the opportunity to participate in scientific research through the UMSL Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program.
STARS participants spend six weeks learning and conducting supervised scientific research in labs around the area. Founded in 1989, the STARS program allows St. Louis-area high school students to receive hands-on training in scientific research and to present their research findings at the end of the program.
Seventy students from 34 high schools took part in the annual program this year. They worked in the labs of 40 research mentors in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. Mentors were from UMSL or one of its partners, including Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy.
On July 22, UMSL recognized the following students, and awarded them certificates of completion at a confirmation ceremony. They are Cameron Eltoft, Shashank Mani, Niveta Sharma and Avery Uffelmann of Lafayette; Rohan Devraj, Jessica Kellerman, Aarush Rajoli, Akhila Swarna, Srisahithi Tadakamalla and Danusri Varatharaj of Marquette; and Mira Iyer of Rockwood Summit.