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August 20, 2013

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MRH's High School Student Completes STARS Program

Brandon Moseley Brandon Moseley, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School junior, is a recent graduate of the 2013 STARS program that was held at University of Missouri St. Louis’s campus. STARS, which stands for Students and Teachers as Research Scientist, holds a session each year that equips young aspiring scientists who are leaning towards this career. Through STARS, students are awarded an opportunity to partner with mentors and learn about their desired field. Students come from all over the United States to attend this program, one participant even traveled from Greece. 

STARS is a six week long summer program for high school juniors and seniors. The students are paired with mentors who are researchers that come from various organizations such as Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University and University of Missouri St. Louis. 

Ken Mares, director of the STARS program shares how far this program has progressed.
“We now take a class of 88 students and have 65 mentors from four major research institutions providing pre collegiate research opportunities for some of the most promising students in greater St. Louis,” said Mares.

During the six weeks, students’ work in laboratories, complete research projects, attend lectures by renowned scientists, and do extensive college preparatory work. Amidst their busy schedules, students still found time to partake in social activities with each other.

For many of the students who participate in STARS, they collectively agree that this program is very helpful as they seek career options. It plays a key role as they start to make decisions regarding future careers in science. Moseley agrees.

Moseley believes STARS is one of the best programs that he has ever participated in because of its applicability to real world situations. “It was very educational, we didn’t just learning science book work, we physically completed all of our tasks. We learned a lot about science in general. The program had a ton of real life experiences that I could use after I completed the program as well as outside of school,” said Moseley. 

At MRH, Brandon is an active student in extra curricular activities, while also excelling in his schoolwork. Moseley is part of National Honor Society; he is heavily involved in theatre, and he participates in Superintendents Advisory Counsel.

Because of Brandon’s contributions to this year’s program, STARS has offered him to return to the 2014 STARS Program as a Research Associate. STARS is looking for additional outstanding students from MRH to apply for the 2014 program.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.