Maddie Seemiller ’20 recently completed the 2019 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) from June 10 – July 19. Since 1988, the STARS program has paired academically gifted students who are entering their senior year of high school with researchers at UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis.
During her six-week STARS experience, Maddie worked with Dr. Wenyan Xiao, associate professor of biology at Saint Louis University. Maddie’s paper is titled "Amplification and Cloning of The DEMETER Interacting Gene-BOP2 in Arabidopsis.”
This year, 88 high school students assisted top St. Louis scientists while also exploring independent projects. They presented their findings while at UMSL on July 19 and then participated in a confirmation ceremony where they received their ceremonial lab coats. Their papers will be distributed to senior scientists across St. Louis for review and decisions on the Awards for Excellence in Research will be announced at the end of August.