Science Education Programs

Students and Teachers As Research Scientists

 

DESCRIPTION

Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) is a program funded partially through various private industries and universities in St. Louis.  It introduces both high school students and teachers to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by successful scientists in academic, private, and governmental research institutions.

Applications are accepted in March and are limited to students currently in their junior year residing in the Greater St. Louis or Metro East area.  Application packages are not accepted prior to the March application period.

High potential, secondary school students and science teachers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects including but not limited to:  anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or psychology at one of the collaborating research institutions: Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, or Confluence Life Sciences.  During this six-week summer program, students and teachers do research within a community of investigators under the supervision of a practicing research mentor.  Through student-mentor partnerships, student participants apply various problem-solving strategies to independent research projects, write a 15-20 page technical report, and orally present their results in a seminar format.  Teachers prepare a detailed lesson and accompanying teacher guide based on the learning cycle instructional strategy relating to the use of the laboratory information from their research experience.

Formal instruction is provided in oral and written communication skills, basic statistical analysis, and, for teachers, the process of developing learning cycle-based lessons and their presentation in the classroom.  Lectures will be presented by nationally-known scientists.  Career confabs in the form of discussion with practitioners are used to introduce students to a variety of career opportunities.

STARS is a six-week program that runs from the second week of June through the third week in July.

For more information contact:

Dr. Kenneth R. Mares, Director
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Tel: (314) 516-6155
Fax: (314) 516-6233
E-mail: maresk@umsl.edu

or

Dr. Charles R. Granger, Co-Director
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Tel: (314) 516-6220
Fax: (314) 516-6233
E-mail: grangerch@umsl.edu