Shooting for the STARS – Two Francis Howell North Seniors graduate from 2016 STARS program

Posted on 08/26/2016

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that two budding scientists from Francis Howell North High School (FHN), James Dohrman and Lavanya Kolluru, have successfully completed the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program (STARS) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Over the summer, a total of 90 talented high school students from around the St. Louis metro area participated in the STARS program. Students were mentored by leading local scientists such as Dr. Istvan Kiss from Saint Louis University, who worked with Dohrman, and Dr. Xing Wang from Array Bridge Inc., who supported Kolluru in her research.

It takes special determination and passion to spend six weeks conducting intensive research in the complex field of biomedical science. While many students spent their summer months enjoying their favorite leisure activities, Dohrman and Kolluru were diligently working on their university-level scholar research papers. Dohrman researched the “Kuramoto Phase Transition in Large Arrays of Electrochemical Microoscillators,” while Kolluru completed a “Study of Biotherapeutics Higher Order Structure with Protein Conformational Array ELISA.”

UMSL Chancellor Tom George is proud to give these students an opportunity to get a head start on a promising science career. “We’re happy to provide high school students access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) opportunities on UMSL’s campus and in UMSL’s laboratories so that they might one day become top scientists themselves,” George said.

“STARS equips these students with the confidence, content and experience to pursue science degrees and become leading STEM scientists in their chosen fields,” said program director Kenneth Mares.

As 2016 STARS graduates, Kolluru and Dohrman will both receive a full scholarship to UMSL in addition to a $1,500 funded summer research opportunity provided in their field of interest.

FHSD is proud to be represented by two shining STARS and congratulates Kolluru and Dohrman on their impressive scientific achievements!


Photo: Kolluru (left) and Dohrman (right) pose with Som Singh, former FHN student, during the 2016 STARS summer program.
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