Seven Students Complete STARS Research Program

Seven MICDS students were among the more than 80 aspiring scientists who spent six weeks conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors as part of the 2102 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists Program (STARS) at the University of Missouri–St. Louis this summer.      
Students were paired with top research mentors from UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the Solae Company. The experts from the five institutions took on student apprentices in laboratories and directed students in research projects.     
The program ended July 20, wrapping up another successful pre-collegiate summer experience for dozens of rising high school juniors and seniors. More than 80 of the brightest students from 33 high schools in the St. Louis metro area, as well as California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Greece, were selected to take part in the program.         
Besides conducting research, students attended lectures by nationally recognized scientists, were informed about the process for applying to higher education institutions, and enjoyed social activities such as bowling, a movie, an ice cream social and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
Following is a list of MICDS student participants and their research topics. Congratulations to everyone.
Alexandra Donovan ’13, “Spin-assisted vs. Immersion Layer-by-Layer Deposition on Nanostructured Surface: A Comparative Study.” Dr. Srikanth Singamaneni, Washington University
Jack Finlay ’14, “The Recruitment of RecA to DNA Through Physical Interaction with RecR During Homologous Recombination.” Dr. Sergey Korolev, Saint Louis University
Kristin Geczi ’14, “Similar Haplotypes in JPD Patients with the Balkan Mutation Indicate the Founder Effect.” Dr. Steve Mumm, Washington University
Isa Mulvihill ’14, “Analysis of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Binding to DNA Aptamers Using UV Spectroscopy.” Dr. Dana Baum, Saint Louis University
Christina Rouse ’13, “Methyltransferase Potentially Involved in Galanthamine Biosynthesis in Narcissus.” Dr. Toni Kutchan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Preethi UmaShanker ’14, “Synthesis of Organic Polyamides for Antiviral Use and for Studies of DNA-Polyamide Binding.” Dr. James Bashkin, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mandy Zhang ’14, “Effects of Halogen Additions and Cycloalkanes on the Reversal of Carbene Additions to Olefins.” Dr. Peter Gaspar, Washington University