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.

High school students are required to present a research PowerPoint project to their teachers and family members at an awards reception 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.


APPLY TO THE SATURDAY SCHOLARS PROGRAM


2021 Virtual Saturday Scholars Program

Dates: February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13

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.

Deadlines

  • Saturday Scholars application deadline:
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • “A health profession that interests me” essay deadline:
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Online application opens January 4, 2021

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 demonstrate that they have the ability to communicate effectively and to interact in small and large group settings.

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

*Final agenda will be distributed to the 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 13, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CST via Zoom

More information to follow.

Application

 Apply to the 2021 Virtual Saturday Scholars Program »

Contact

For questions, please contact Andrea Bibbs at andrea.bibbs@wustl.edu.