Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) student and Clayton High School senior, Shaori Tomatsu, was one of 35 students honored with the LMI Aerospace Inc./D3 Technologies Award for Excellence in Research. Her paper entitled “26S proteasome inhibition in aggregation of the protein antitrypsin” was based on research done in the lab of Dorota Skowyra, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. The award is given to students who distinguished themselves during their summer research period and the winning papers were the best in terms of difficulty and complexity of research, appropriateness of research methods, findings, quality of the writing, and the overall quality of the research.
The STARS program is sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur, MO, Saint Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis. The six-week program introduces exemplary high school juniors and seniors to scientific research through mentoring by established investigators, lectures by guest scientists, instruction on the research process, and presentation of results.