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.

Applications for the 2019 session are closed. Information about our 2020 session to come.

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 Thursday, February 28, 2019. Participants in our program will get to:

  • Attend scientific talks by renowned St. Jude scientists, including our CEO
  • Tour labs and core facilities and hear about our specialized equipment and methods
  • Interact with a panel of scientists and clinicians from many departments to hear about a range of career options
  • Eat lunch with post-doctoral fellows to hear about academic and training experiences

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.


Students who attend the St. Jude Science Scholars of Tomorrow symposium must:

  • 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

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

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

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:

Melissa Jones, MA, CCRP
Director, Cancer Center Operations