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.

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.


2020 Saturday Scholars Program

Dates: February 15, February 22, February 29, March 7, March 14

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
Washington University School of Medicine
520 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63110

Please note: Students must be accompanied by their teacher, parent or another member of the school administration on all five Saturdays.


  • Saturday Scholars application deadline:
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Favorite Booth essay deadline:
    Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Online application opens January 2, 2020

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
  • Permission for Emergency Medical Treatment form
  • For Health Professions Fair participants, please submit a “Favorite Booth” essay (minimum of 150 words). For students who did not attend the fair, please submit an essay on a health profession that interests you (minimum of 150 words).

Please note

Students who miss more than one of the five Saturday sessions will be dropped from the program. 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.*

8:30 am – 9:00 am Juice, coffee & donuts
9:00 am – 10:25 am Lecture discussion
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Anatomy lab
12:05 pm – 12:45 pm Graduate and Professional Programs Presentations
12:50 pm – 1:30 pm Health information resources (first four sessions only)

*Lunch will be provided.

Saturday Scholars pathogen research presentations and awards reception

March 14, 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC) atrium and hearth

Email your PowerPoint presentation template to the teachers before the start of the program.

Entering the Building

Security will be given a list of students attending the Saturday Scholars Program. All students and participants must enter at the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC) building at 520 S. Euclid. You may be asked to identify yourself upon entering the building.


Parking (other than reserved spots) will be available to students and teachers on any of the surface lots near the medical school. The nearest lot is located on the corner of Taylor and Clayton, The address is 4510 McKinley Ave.


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