Mentoring Students

WashU students, faculty and staff inspire, teach and serve as a role models for success in public, private and charter school classrooms across the region. Signature initiatives include the College Prep Program and Each One Teach One

College Prep scholars join the Class of 2021

By Diane Keaggy on August 25, 2017 in Mentoring Students

Washington University in St. Louis welcomed the 1,780 members of the Class of 2021 on Thursday, Aug. 24. This year’s class includes six members of the first cohort of the College Prep Program, which prepares talented, first-generation students for life on a college campus.

Washington University announces College Prep scholars

By Diane Keaggy on May 25, 2017 in Mentoring Students

Washington University admitted 50 rising high school sophomores to the fourth cohort of the innovative College Prep Program, a multiyear initiative that prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college. The students represent public, private and charter schools from across the region.

College Prep scholars earn $4 million in scholarship offers

By Diane Keaggy on April 26, 2017 in Mentoring Students

All 25 members of the inaugural cohort of the College Prep Program at Washington University have been accepted into college, and the group has received more than $4 million in scholarship offers. Lerone A. Martin, assistant professor, told the scholars: “Do not hide your light to make other people comfortable.”

Students launch a new type of chemistry tournament

By Diane Keaggy on April 7, 2017 in Mentoring Students

High school science competitions are like oxygen and nitrogen -- they're everywhere. But the students behind the Washington University Chemistry Tournament have added new elements to old formula. Their event, now in its second year, focuses on collaboration, real-world applications and complex problem-solving -- just like college chemistry.

500 girls explore STEM careers at Washington University

By Diane Keaggy on March 22, 2017 in Mentoring Students

About 500 seventh-grade girls from across the state visited Washington University in St. Louis to learn about careers in STEM. Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, told students that STEM careers are as diverse as they are rewarding: “What STEM education does is give you a cafeteria of options and opportunities.”

University launches Olin Fleischer Scholars Program

By Diane Keaggy on December 21, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is launching the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program, a free one-week residential summer program for high school students who have limited financial resources or who will be the first in their families to attend college.

Alberti Program introduces kids to power of architecture

By Diane Keaggy on September 26, 2016 in Mentoring Students

  Architecture shapes our environment – but studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world around us. Over the last 10 years, the Alberti Program in Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has introduced hundreds of kids, ranging from 8- to 15-years-old, to the power and potential of […]

University announces College Prep Scholarship

By Diane Keaggy on July 7, 2016 in Mentoring Students

The College Prep Scholarship will provide a free Washington University undergraduate education to graduates of its College Prep Program, which serves talented low-income and first-generation high school students. The scholarship supports two top priorities -- to make Washington University a more diverse and welcoming campus, and to improve K-12 education in the St. Louis community.

Helping educate the next generation of female leaders

By Diane Keaggy on July 1, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Washington University students, faculty and alumni are leading summer STEM labs and workshops for 14 talented African-American high school girls through the Girls Inc. Eureka! program. “They are more than a cohort, they are a sisterhood,” Brown student Tasha Jordan said.

Podcast: Brain Discovery—Bringing Scientists Into the Classroom

By WashU on May 17, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Most elementary-school students have never met a scientist. Claire Weichselbaum and Brian Lananna, graduate students in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, want to change that. Last year, the team cofounded Brain Discovery, an outreach program that brings neuroscience into classrooms.

College Advising Corps puts WashU grads into St. Louis schools

By WashU on March 31, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Erin Waddles is one of five Washington University graduates hired to serve the College Advising Corps, a national organization that puts advisers in high schools that serve low-income students. Waddles works full-time at Vashon High School in St. Louis, helping students find the right school, navigate the application process and prep for the ACT. Learn […]

Brown School student helps Jennings serve the whole child

By WashU on February 26, 2016 in Mentoring Students

As a social work practicum student, Keyria Jeffries will do anything to help the children of Fairview Primary. Some days that means giving a hungry child a granola bar. Other days, it means finding a child a place to live. Learn more about how Keyria Jeffries is helping Jennings School District.

Women in STEM Day: Busting the ‘bro code’

By WashU on February 23, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Scientists solve the world’s greatest challenges and are paid well to do so. Yet the gender gap persists in engineering, computer science and other fields. Women in STEM Day at Washington University in St. Louis welcomes high school girls into the community of female scientists and introduces them to cutting-edge research. Hosted by undergraduate female […]

WashU students support next generation of brain scientists

By WashU on February 12, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Members of Synapse, Washington University’s neuroscience club, are helping local high school students prepare for the annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee, Saturday Feb. 13 at McDonnell Hall.  “The Brain Bee is a competition but it’s not about being competitive. It’s about getting more people excited about this fast-growing field,” says junior Smruti Rath. Read […]

TESLA introduces young students to engineering

By WashU on February 4, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Founded by Washington University engineering student Nicholas Okafor, TESLA (Teaching Engineering to St. Louis Adolescents) connects more than 50 Washington University engineering students to K-12 students across the region. Read more about TESLA.

Inspiring future STEM leaders

By WashU on February 4, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Washington University students shared their loves of science, technology, engineering and math with University City middle school students at University City’s First LEGO League Warm-Up.

Helping local high school students think big

By WashU on February 4, 2016 in Mentoring Students

The College Prep Program is an immersive, on-campus learning experience at Washington University. Incoming scholars live on campus for two weeks the summer after freshman year and three weeks the summers after sophomore and junior year. College Prep scholars also attend workshops, lectures and campus activities throughout the school year. Graduates of the program leave ready to excel — academically and socially — in college.

Navigating the college application process​​​

By WashU on February 2, 2016 in Mentoring Students

Some 120 ​Washington University students help mentor local high school students through the college application process in a national mentoring program called Strive for College. The program was started on the Washington University campus in 2007 by a group of Rodriguez Scholars and today thrives under the leadership of alum Michael Carter.