St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow

March 2, 2017
Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Program Overview

The St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow program, a symposium-style one day event, is designed to give students and teachers an opportunity to see real world application of many of the concepts they are using in the classroom. We also hope to provide students with a budding, or well-established, interest in science, engineering, math or healthcare a look at the broad range of possibilities for academic and career paths. This program is an opportunity to see and hear from scientists who work in the field every day. We select our student participants through a competitive application process. There is no cost to participate in this program.

William Evans, PharmD

Keynote Speaker

William E. Evans is recognized for his research on the pharmacogenomics of leukemia treatment in children. His lab elucidated the pharmacodynamics of methotrexate treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and discovered the genetic basis for inherited differences in the enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase and defined its role in determining the risk of hematopoietic toxicity in patients treated with mercaptopurine and azathioprine. More recently, his lab has used genomewide strategies to elucidate the importance of both inherited and somatic genome variation in determining the efficacy and toxicity of leukemia chemotherapy. He has been funded by 3 successive NIH MERIT awards and has produced over 400 research publications. He served as CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TN (USA) from 2004-2014, and was elected into the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and the US National Academy of Medicine in 2015.


This event is by invitation only and participants must register in advance. There is no registration on the day of the event. For information about how to apply for next year’s St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow event, please sign up for updates on the main Science Scholars of Tomorrow program page.

Directions and Parking

Free parking is available on the St. Jude campus. Please display this parking pass on your windshield. Enter the campus from A. W. Willis and notify the security guard you are attending the Science Scholars symposium in the Marlo Thomas Center. You may also download this campus map to assist you in entering the campus, parking, and locating the Marlo Thomas Center.

Driving Directions


Opens at 7:30 a.m.
Group photo for all participants
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction - Suzanne Baker, PhD 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker - William Evans, PharmD 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Tours and Interactive Education Session
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Break and Group Assignments 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Tours and Interactive Education Session 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Break 3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Career Panel for Students
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Workshop for Teachers
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Conclusion 4:00 p.m.