TBHS senior Raegan Boettcher was selected as one of eighty-eight local high school students to participate in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Schools

Over the last six weeks, 88 students from all over the St. Louis region have been working on a variety of math initiatives, toiling on research in biology labs and were otherwise engaged in various other STEM fields in the area. 

Troy Buchanan’s Raegan Boettcher was one of these students, all of whom were a part of the Students and teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. In July, those students all converged at the university of Missouri – St. Louis campus for the STARS confirmation ceremony. 

Since 1988, the STARS program has paired academically gifted students with researchers at UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.

“These students are a focused, disciplined and outstanding academic group,” STARS Director Ken Mares said. “I hope they’ve gained a great understanding of the research process and some additional motivation to pursue an undergraduate major in science.”

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