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Aug. 23, 2013
Sabrina Ha Rim Kim, a second-year student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, was one of 35 aspiring scientists who spent six weeks this summer conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professors and earned an award for her work.
Ha Rim Kim received the LMI Aerospace Inc./D3 Technologies Award for Excellence in Research for her study, “Behavioral measures in assessment of a rodent model of Parkinson's Disease.” Michael Anch, of Saint Louis University, served as her research mentor.
The award is presented to students who distinguished themselves during the 2013 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Nearly 90 high school students participated in the program this year.
“We thank the teachers and mentors for dedicating their time and lending their expertise to the students of the STARS program,” said Ron Saks, president and chief executive officer, LMI Aerospace Inc. “The education the students receive while participating in STARS is so valuable to young people yearning for a memorable experience they can take with them for the rest of their lives. Many of us remember the teachers from a young age who provided that special spark at a time when we most needed it. Our hope is that the teachers and students at STARS received that gift this summer.”
STARS introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by scientists in academic, private or corporate research institutions. UMSL partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur, Mo., Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis to provide research opportunities for the participants.
Experts from the four institutions took on student apprentices in laboratories and directed them in research projects. Students also attended lectures by nationally known scientists from the St. Louis science community, learned information concerning the higher education admission process and enjoyed social events.
Following six weeks of research, the participants presented their research papers to their peers, parents and research mentors.
Senior scientists at UMSL, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Monsanto, LMI Aerospace Inc., and Confluence Life Sciences reviewed the papers. Winning papers best exemplified the following qualities: difficulty and complexity of research, appropriateness of the research methodology, findings, quality of writing and overall quality of the research process.
The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of college coursework taught by Northwest professors. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree and a high school diploma. The Missouri Academy gives high-performing and exceptional students an opportunity to live, socialize and study in a learning community of peers.
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