St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowship

Rhodes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital work together to offer qualified Rhodes students an intensive research experience that pairs students with St. Jude scientists and places them into the hospital’s professional laboratories for a period of two summers and the intervening academic year. Through this experience, students become fully engaged citizens in the scientific community of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a world-class pediatric clinical and research facility focusing on cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Students work on independent research projects, participate in lectures, group meetings, and onsite discussions. They present their work at local, national, and international venues. Many of the participants go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, neuroscience, genetics, biomedical engineering and other related areas. The program begins in mid-May and continues through early August of the following year.

Summer Plus International Program
Up to two Rhodes students can participate in clinical research experiences at the Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago, Chile. This international program is structured in a similar fashion to the Memphis-based Summer Plus program, but has a component that is carried out at St. Jude′s partner institution in Chile. The exact structure will be determined once finalists are chosen, but past participants have spent the first summer in Chile with time split between work in the hospital and Spanish classes through Español y Cultura en LatinoAmerica (ECELA), followed by an academic year and second summer at St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital in Memphis. Two areas of recent work in Santiago have been clinical pharmacology and molecular biology.


  • First-year students, sophomores, and juniors who are currently enrolled at Rhodes and in good standing.
  • Students should have at least one year of laboratory experience (research or classroom) before starting the program.
  • For the Summer Plus International position, applicants should have completed Spanish 102.

When and How to Apply​ 

For more information on St. Jude Summer Plus, details on the application process, and application due dates, please contact Dr. Gary Lindquester.