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Application Instructions


The St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow program is designed to inspire students with a budding, or well-established, interest in science, engineering or healthcare to 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.

Program Description

The St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow program is a symposium-style one day event. We select our student participants through a competitive application process due to our limited capacity. There is no cost to participate in this program. It will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Participants in our program will get to:

  • Attend scientific talks by renowned St. Jude scientists
  • Tour labs and core facilities and hear about our specialized equipment and methods
  • Interact with faculty and staff from many different departments to hear about a range of career options
  • Dive deep into a patient case study to learn more about the methods and tools used to fight childhood cancer

Some of our activities will be in a large group format and other activities will require breaking out into smaller groups with students from other schools.


To be considered for participation in the St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow Symposium, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be currently enrolled as a high school student within Shelby County
  • Have not attended a previous St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow event
  • Submit a completed application including a teacher recommendation. Our application period is September 16-October 31, 2019. All applications must be completed and submitted by October 31.

Preparing to Apply

Before you apply to the St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow program, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can I arrange with my teachers and parents to miss a full day of school on event day?
  • Do I have a genuine interest in science and would find an immersive day of scientific research and technology exciting?
  • Am I open to seeing a range of laboratory, technology and clinical areas? (Please note that Science Scholars do not have direct patient care interactions.)
  • Am I genuinely interested in seeing, hearing and participating in real-world applications of the scientific method?
  • Am I interested in meeting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and learning about their college and graduate school experiences?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, then this program might not be the best fit for you. There are other opportunities to get involved at St. Jude. Check out these volunteer opportunities and fundraising opportunities to see if another program at St. Jude might meet your interests.

Science Scholars of Tomorrow Application Demonstration

Science Scholars of Tomorrow application demonstration

The St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow symposium uses an online application system called CollegeNET. Watch this short video to preview the application.

Tips for a Stellar Application Video

Tips for a Stellar Application

We use a competitive process to choose the attendees for the Science Scholars of Tomorrow Symposium. Want to know what makes a strong application? Watch this brief video.

Begin Online Application

Questions? Contact:

Science Scholars Team