Summer Programs FAQ

Summer Writer's Institute

Why is there an evening/weekend format?

Like numerous writers before them, many participants work full-time day jobs.  By condensing the format and offering evening and weekend meetings, we hope to make Summer Writers Institute accessible to more participants. 

How do I apply?

There is no application for SWI.  Simply enroll as you would for any University College course. Registration opens March 25, 2020.

What is an institute?

An institute is a genre-specific course. Led by an SWI faculty member, students read, write, and share their work with each other in a guided format.

 

Where do I park?

Students and faculty who do not have a parking permit are considered visitors. Visitor Parking is available for a nominal fee in designated areas on campus.

We recommend parking along Forsyth Avenue in Zone 2. A parking permit is not required beginning at 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. Participants may pay to park in the DUC underground garage with a valid parking permit or paid visitor parking.

We recommend that you visit Parking and Transportation for information about the summer construction timeline and zoned parking.

I'm not from St. Louis. Is there anywhere for me to reside on campus?

Yes!  On-campus housing is available on a first come, first served basis. After you complete your registration in SWI, you must complete a housing request. If you have any issues with housing registration, please contact Tiffanie Fleschert, Assistant Manager of Summer Programs and Conference Services:

Email: tfleschert@wustl.edu
Phone: 1-314-935-6680

You may visit the Summer Conferences and Programs website for more information.

What transportation service do you recommend I use for traveling to campus from the airport?

Drop-off Location: Washington Univ.Campus/Dorms

Address for your drop-off location: 6618 Shepley Drive. Clayton, MO 63105

Upon arrival, go to the Summer Programs and Conference Services office to formally check-in.

MedPrep

Who is eligible to take MedPrep?

MedPrep is open to:

  • Undergraduates from any university
  • Post-baccalaureate premedical students
  • Pre-college students (graduating high school seniors)

How do I register?

Prior to registration for MedPrep I, all students must FIRST pre-register through the MedPrep Program website. This will ensure that the program coordinator will know who you are while your registration through University College is being processed. Immediately AFTER pre-registering, register through University College by clicking on the link in the pre-registration confirmation message or email. Both steps must be completed in order to be registered for this course and the pre-registration step must be completed FIRST. 


Registration for MedPrep II is a 4-step process:

Step 1: FIRST pre-register through the MedPrep Program website. This will ensure that the MedPrep coordinator knows who you are while your registration through University College is being processed.

Step 2: Immediately AFTER pre-registering, register through University College or on the link in the pre-registration confirmation message or email. Both steps must be completed in order to be registered for this course and the pre-registration step must be completed FIRST.

Step 3: Submit the results of the InterFERON Gold TB test or 2 PPD tests within 30 days of registration. Click here for details

Step 4: Complete the on-line HIPAA tutorial before the first day of shadowing. This link will be emailed to you.

Steps 1 & 2 must be completed in order to be fully registered. Steps 3 & 4 must be completed in order to retain one's spot in this course.

Because of the enormous interest in this course and the limited number of spots, all 4 registration steps must be completed in their entirety as noted above or your spot in the course will be forfeited and given to the next person on the wait list. The link to the HIPAA tutorial will be emailed to you a few days after your on-line registration has been completed. When you complete the HIPAA tutorial it will be recorded on-line. You do not need to contact Ms. Gerrity with the results. This must be completed before the first day so shadowing. Students who shadow before the HIPAA training is complete will be dropped from the course. 

Please note that University College's registration site is only active on weekdays between 7:30 am - 9:00 pm.

What is the attendance policy?

MedPrep I is pass/fail. Attendance at ALL MedPrep I classes is required. Because the course is pass/fail and there is no homework or exams, attendance at all classes is required. Excused absences are granted only for extenuating circumstances and students must contact the instructor before the class session to receive an excused absence. An unexcused absence will result in a failing grade in the course.

Students wishing to take MedPrep I should review the course information before enrolling to ensure there are no conflicts with other courses or extracurricular activities.


Because MedPrep II is pass/fail and there is no homework or exams, attendance at all classes is required. Excused absences are granted only for extenuating circumstances and students must contact the instructor before the class session to receive an excused absence. An unexcused absence will result in a failing grade in the course.

For the Summer 2020 semester, attendance on Monday, 6/15/20 and Wednesday, 6/17/20 is required to take this course. Because of the orientation material presented, excused absences will not be granted for these first two sessions for any reason whatsoever, including illness or emergency. If you are not present at both of these sessions you will not be able to take MedPrep II. No make-up sessions are offered.

Students will be required to shadow once every other week for 3 hours but may shadow as often as every week, space permitting. Students will be able to choose a shift time that works around their other classes and/or work schedule.

Master of Science in Biology for Science Teachers

What kind of housing is available?

Apartment style accommodations comprised of 3-4 single rooms in each apartment. Each apartment has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room. The lower level has a laundry room and vending/ice machines. There are common areas on each floor. Village East rooms contain a full bed, dresser, desk and chair, closet, and telephone. The furnishings provided vary between buildings. Linen packages are provided and include a pillow, a lightweight blanket, two sheets, two towels, two washcloths, and a bar of soap.

What is the class schedule like?

The classes will be full university graduate school classes. Summers will be compacted into three weeks with each course worth two credits. During the academic year, an on-line course will be delivered each semester worth three credits and a capstone course worth three credits will be spread over the entire academic year. During the summer, you should expect to work for a couple of hours per night on each class. The online course loads vary.

What is the curriculum?

Required Courses: 30 Units

Academic Year / Online Courses

  • Tropical Marine Biology (BIO 4080)
  • Program Capstone I (BIO 521)
  • Chemistry for Biology Teachers (BIO 509)
  • Case Studies in Biology (BIO 529)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 5322)
  • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity (BIO 5432)
  • Applications of Biology to Global Health Issues (BIO 563)
  • Program Capstone II (BIO 5771)
  • Immunology
  • Human Genetics

Summer Courses

  • Plants and People (BIO 523)
  • Matter and Energy Transformations (BIO 5925)
  • Molecular Basis of Heredity (BIO 5924)
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences (BIO 524)
  • Biological Evolution (BIO 525)
  • Neuroscience and Behavior (BIO 5926)

Do I need any special clothing?

If you plan to stay on campus during the summer, pack what you need for a three week stay (unless you plan on going home on the weekends). Apartments have laundry facilities. During July, the weather in St. Louis is often very hot and humid. The dormitories have air conditioning as do the classrooms. Ecology and Environmental Science is conducted at an outdoor biological research park owned by the university. Our classes for those days will be held partly outdoors and there will be some hiking (light hiking of a mile or less, but in hot/humid weather). While this will be a fun few days, you should wear clothing that is light, but protective against ticks. This includes sturdy shoes, long socks, hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. We will provide various tick sprays and recommend that you bring sunblock lotion. You may also bring along something to change into once we leave the field and go into a classroom.

Do I need a computer?

A laptop is suggested as we will be putting all of the presentations and labs on line for you to reference. If you do not have one available, let us know in advance and we can make arrangement for you to borrow one while you are here.

What is St. Louis like?

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What if I have special needs?

If you have special health needs or reasons that would compromise your participation, please let us know prior to your arrival. The Washington University campus has a large international student body, so a wide variety of foods are usually available and vegetarian needs are accommodated.

What do I need to Apply?

Note: the MS in Biology for Science Teachers is only available during the summer semester.

The online application is available on the University College Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript using this form. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.