Timberland High School junior Olivia Crowell has been selected along with 101 other St. Louis area high school students for the 2017 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The annual six-week summer program is for academically talented high school juniors, and pairs them with top research mentors from Saint Louis University, Washington University, UMSL, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center or Cortex Innovation Community. Olivia will be working with Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg, Ph.D., a Robert E. King Distinguished Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on researching cereal crops and their wild relatives in the grass family. For many of the participants, working in labs with top scientists is the most important event in their decision to pursue a career in science.
Experts from the five institutions take on student apprentices in laboratories and direct them in research projects. Students also attend lectures by nationally known scientists from the St. Louis science community, receive information concerning the higher education admission process, and enjoy opportunities to attend the St. Louis Symphony and a Cardinals game.
“The opportunity the STARS program provides is two-fold,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George said. “Not only will the high school students work side by side with prominent mentors and participate in important science research, but they will also experience what college and campus life is like.”
STARS is sponsored by the University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis University, Washington University, St. Louis Symphony, DuPont Nutrition and Health, St. Louis Zoo, Monsanto Company, Academy of Science of St. Louis, Easter Seals Midwest, St. Louis Children's Hospital, UMKC School of Medicine, Missouri Botanical Garden, BioSTL, and Array Bridge, Inc.