Mentorship Opportunities with YSP

The Young Scientist Program has many opportunities for scientific mentorship of students in the St. Louis area:

Summer Focus Research Mentor

Lab mentors work one-on-one with a SF scholar for the 8 weeks of the program, guiding the scholar through the completion of an independent project (typically a small part of the mentor's primary project). Mentors communicate with both the writing course instructors and the scholar's individual tutor to ensure their scholar is getting the help they need in writing/presentation and understanding the science of their project. The time commitment for lab mentors is substantial with scholars being in the lab about 38 hours/week. Past mentors have cited the experiences as a valuable and rewarding experience, and it fulfills STEM requirements. Lab mentors must be senior graduate students (proposed thesis) or post-docs. Exceptions may be considered.

More information can be found at the SF Volunteer page.

Contact yspsf.director[at] if you are interested or have any questions.

Continuing Mentorship

Continuing Mentoring (CM) is always looking for enthusiastic, caring volunteers from our WUSTL graduate student community. Whether you are looking to commit for four years or a few months, for a leadership position or occasional support, we have all sorts of volunteer roles available. After applying, all volunteers will undergo background checks and attend orientation (offered each fall) to prepare for their upcoming role as a mentor or tutor.

Become a mentor

Continuing mentors are graduate students who provide constant mentorship to high school students, from freshman to senior year. During freshman through junior years, meetings take place twice per month at their mentee's high school (Soldan International Studies High School or the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience) to guide mentees and foster an interest in science. Mentors and mentees will explore fun and important topics such as science in everyday life, preparing for college, and potential careers in science. During senior year, mentees are encouraged to apply for internships and research opportunities. Mentors are encouraged to keep in touch, attending optional events and helping their mentees apply for college. A full breakdown of responsibilities is shown in the chart below.

Year Time Commitment Mentorship Goals
Freshmen 90 minutes, 2x/month
  • Soldan: 7:10-8:45am
  • CSMB: 3:15-5:10pm
  • Get to know your mentee!
  • Introduce mentees to STEM careers through STEM-based curriculum
  • Explore STEM in St. Louis with field trips to the Science Center and Venture Cafe
Sophomore 90 minutes, 2x/month
  • Soldan: 8:50-10:23am
  • CSMB: 3:15-5:10pm
  • Reinforce school curriculum through fun and exciting STEM activities
  • Help your student develop an independent research project
  • PSAT preparation
Junior 90 minutes, 2x/month
  • Soldan: 7:10am-8:45pm
  • CSMB: 3:15-5:10pm
  • Continue exploring STEM fields through curriculum-based modules
  • Prepare for ACT with practice tests and test taking tips
  • Visit area colleges
90 minutes, 1-2x/month
  • Soldan: 12:36-2:07pm
  • CSMB: 3:15-5:10pm
  • Prepare for life after high school by discussing colleges, applications, finding scholarships, etc.
  • Guide your student through a STEM-related internship or shadowing experience

Become a leader

CM is currently looking to fill the several leadership roles. Please note interest in leadership positions on your application:

  • Assistant Director (for transition to Director after on e year)
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Cohort Liaison (2 needed per incoming freshman group, position also requires 4-year mentor commitment)
  • ACT Liaison

Other ways to help

We are currently in need of volunteer drivers for CM field trips. Drivers must possess a class E driver's license (any state) and feel comfortable driving vans rented from the WUSTL Biology Department.

To help design a lesson plan, contact the Curriculum Coordinator at ysp.continuing.mentoring[at]

Apply Now!

If interested in being part of the CM program, please apply here. Applications are due on September 1, 2017! For more information contact ysp.continuing.mentoring[at]