St Louis public schools don’t get a lot of respect. But, at least at Gateway Academic and Classical High, they are doing something right. Bart Bartlett graduated from this top-ranked high school in 1996, going on to Washington University for his bachelors degree in chemistry and to MIT for his Ph D.
The progression cemented what Bartlett already knew in elementary school: that science was for him, and vice versa. Chemistry was his favorite subject in high school. He participated in the Young Scientists Program at Wash U, working one summer in a genetics lab. Then, at Wash U as an undergraduate, he did research with William Buhro (this year’s St Louis Award winner). Buhro suggested he apply to the ACS Scholars Program, and he won a grant that helped support him through his junior and senior years.
Bartlett went on to do his doctoral research under Daniel Nocera at MIT, and landed a faculty position at University of Michigan in 2008. “I love this job,&rdquo says Bartlett about his teaching and research.
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