Rams Represent at STARS Research Program

MICDS represented, once again, at University of Missouri-St. Louis’ annual Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) summer program. During the six-week program, 96 high school students and six undergraduate research associates participated—and eight were from MICDS.

As STARS Scholars, students participated in research projects with partners from Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Their research papers were reviewed by a panel of experts from Monsanto, Confluence Life Science, SIU-Edwardsville, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The reviewers looked for overall quality based on standards the scientific community uses to determine worthiness for formal publications.

Of the eight MICDS participants, two STARS shone especially brightly. Alexander Donovan ’18 and Amanda Kalishman ’18, among 32 other participants, received an award for excellence in research for their scientific papers titled “Bioinformatics analysis of fly cognition genes” and “Comparison of the type III immune response in adult and neonatal mice during respiratory viral infection” respectively.

Congrats to all our STARS Scholars!