Saturday Scholars Program

Saturday Scholars

The Saturday Scholars Program provides an annual forum for high school students, particularly from the St. Louis Public Schools and a number of county schools, to learn about human anatomy both in a lecture and lab environment, while interacting with Washington University medical students. Due to the pandemic, this year’s program will be virtual. 

The program consists of a three-hour human anatomy session on five consecutive Saturdays in February and March. Each session includes a lecture conducted by medical students on a system of the human anatomy (respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, renal and reproductive systems), followed by a lab for the in-person program. The virtual program will not include the lab but will follow the agenda listed below.

High school students are required to present a research PowerPoint project to their teachers and family members at an awards ceremony that takes place on the last Saturday of the program.

Students who participate in the Saturday Scholars Program will receive an invitation to apply to University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Excellence in Learning Program. Selected students and one teacher from each school are invited to experience patient-based learning as part of an intensive two-day program on the Columbia campus.


2022 Virtual Saturday Scholars Program

Dates: February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CST

Online Platform: Zoom
*Students must have access to a computer/tablet with internet and a camera.

Please Note: Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend all zoom sessions.


  • Saturday Scholars application deadline:
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • “A health profession that interests me” essay deadline:
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Online application opens January 4, 2022

Criteria for Selection

High school juniors, seniors or sophomores with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher who exhibit an interest and aptitude in math and science are strongly encouraged to apply to the Saturday Scholars Program. Students should be prepared to interact in small and large group settings and to participate in a group presentation the last Saturday of the program.

Online Application Requirements

  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application, including signatures from the science teacher and parent/guardian
  • An essay on “a health profession that interests me”
  • A science teacher or school administrator’s name and email address are needed to complete the application

Please Note

If students miss more than one of the five Saturday sessions then they will forfeit their opportunity to receive a certificate of completion. They may, however, attend the remaining Saturday sessions. Exceptions must be approved by the Office of Diversity Programs.

Typical Saturday Scholars Agenda

*This agenda is tentative and subject to change. The final agenda will be distributed to participants before the program. All times are CST.

9:00 am – 10:10 am Lecture Discussion
10:20 am – 11:05 am Clinical Skills and Case Study
11:05 am – 11:40 am Why Medicine/More than Medicine – Interprofessional Education
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Health Information Resources (2nd – 4th sessions only)

Saturday Scholars Pathogen Research Presentations

March 12, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CST via Zoom

More information to follow.


 Apply to the 2022 Virtual Saturday Scholars Program »


For questions, please contact Andrea Bibbs at