Highlands chemistry junior Praity Nayeeb Akbar, left, explains her study, Development of a Novel Method for the Synthesis of Gold Nanostars, to fellow students Johnny Trineau and Megan Thursby at the 14th Annual Research Day at Highlands April 29. Akbar is a 22-year-old from Bangladesh. Her research adviser is chemistry professor Jiao Chen. For the second year, Research Day focused entirely upon student research. Students in chemistry professor Brooks Maki’s ARMAS Scholars Seminar organized the event.