Anatomy Scholars Program

Become an Anatomy Scholar

Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 Anatomy Scholars program.  Check back in February 2019 to apply for the 2019-2020 program. 

The Clinical Anatomy Scholars program in the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford allows recent college graduates an opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff in the Division and to contribute to a vibrant community committed to innovation and success in education, research, and technology.

The division encourages independent study and development, and in pursuit of such growth scholars are welcome to attend open Division events (such as talks or presentations), observe most teaching and research activities that take place in the anatomy labs or other facilities, and make use of the Anatomy Library and related resources. Recognizing the desire for long-term academic and professional growth that Anatomy Scholars typically exhibit, the faculty and staff of the division support scholars by making themselves available to advise and coach them in independent endeavors.

The Anatomy Scholars Program typically consists of a one-year duration with each year culminating in scholars assisting and teaching course material during our two-week Clinical Anatomy Summer Program (CASP) for high school students. 


  • Recently completed an undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in a career in Healthcare (MD, DDS, PA, Nursing, BioMedical, etc.)
  • Can commit to a one-year, part-time, position

Please email to learn more.

Current Anatomy Scholars

Research Assistant


Wilmene (Willie) S. Hercule holds a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and Medicine from Stanford University. Her specific interests include international pediatric trauma surgery, surgery education, and surgical policy. During her time as an undergraduate, Willie sang in an a cappella group, co-chaired the Youth Empowerment Conference held by the Stanford Black Student Union (BSU), and became involved in various research projects from an array of interconnected academic disciplines. Last year she had the pleasure of working with her mentors Dr. Sherry M. Wren and Dr. Adam L. Kushner on a project entitled, "Surgery's Invisibility in MPH Programs', in which she explored the need for surgery-related courses and topics in Master of Public Health institutes. Willie now works as an Anatomy Scholar in the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford University. Her scholarly work focuses on cadaver dissection dynamics amongst students and its effect on their technical and non-technical understanding of human anatomy.
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Clinton Olivas holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University, and is currently working as an Anatomy Scholar in the Division of Clinical Anatomy. His work includes cadaver research, educating visiting high school and college students on anatomy through the use of prosections and digital anatomy resources, and helping operate the Stanford Willed Body Program. In addition to biomedical engineering, his scholarly interests include neuroscience and medical ethics. Clinton's undergraduate research focused on understanding the development of post-traumatic epilepsy using optogenetic stimulation and fMRI.
Research Assistant


I graduated from Kenyon College in 2017, majoring in Biology with a Chinese minor. I now work as an Anatomy Scholar at Stanford's Division of Clinical Anatomy, and as a Research Assistant at the Stanford PULSE Institute. Outside of my Stanford research, I write for the Palo Alto Online; volunteer in hospice; do research in medical education and ethics; and co-direct Reinstalling Hope, an education 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Past Anatomy Scholars

Jessica Plaza, 2016

Aimee Alejandre, 2016

Erick Melara, 2015

Anna McGregor, 2015

Burke Boyle, 2014

Briana Evans, 2014

Aaron Pachner, 2013

Caitlin Lawson, 2013

Clay Crawford, 2012

Margaux Schwartzstein, 2012

Whitney Liehr, 2011

Matt Stephens, 2011