Lindbergh students study alongside scientists

Lindbergh students study alongside scientists

Three Lindbergh High School students were among more than 80 aspiring scientists who spent six weeks this summer conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors as part of the 2012 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists, or STARS, Program, at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The students were paired with top research mentors from UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis University, Washington University and the Solae Co.

The three students are:

• Shravan Rama Dommaraju, who worked on “Hydrogen Bonding Energies in DNA Nearest Neighbors” with Dr. Brent Znosko of St. Louis University.

• Stephanie Yun Fei, who worked on “Segmentation in Perception and Reading” with Dr. Jeff Zacks of Washington University

• Tiffany Lee, who worked on “Analysis of Cholesterol Effects on Surrounding Phospholipids in Cell Membranes using Molecular Dynamics Simulations” with Dr. Dan Ory of Washington University

“High school students interested in a science career get a big head start with their participation in the STARS program,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George stated in a news release. “For six weeks, students interact with experts in their fields, work in labs and take away with them an invaluable real-life, hands-on experience.”