Exploring Bayer: McDonnell Scholars’ insightful journey

During a special visit to Bayer Crop Science in St. Louis, over 20 McDonnell Scholars had the opportunity to network with experts across multiple sectors during panel sessions. They also gained firsthand knowledge of Bayer’s unique B4U Program and its impact on healthcare and agriculture. Through engaging discussions, a guided tour, and a networking lunch, […]

Honoring Jim & Mary Wertsch

Jim and Mary Wertsch have left an indelible mark on Washington University through over 20 years of dedicated service. Their leadership has been instrumental in shaping the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, fostering global collaboration and addressing critical challenges. As they embark on a new chapter, it’s essential to recognize their extraordinary contributions. We invite the […]

From campus to continents: Scholars for Life, leaders for a global network

Fostering stronger connections, McDonnell Academy introduces Alumni Regional Events—a new initiative for global community engagement. Attend our first regional event! This initiative seeks to engage the St. Louis McDonnell Academy alumni and expand professional networks. We hope this local initiative will serve as a blueprint for similar initiatives among our regional alumni, both in the […]

Cabot-Zhang Lecture explores innovative healthcare

Cabot-Zhang Endowed Lecture

At the recent McDonnell Academy Cabot Zhang Lecture, an engaging panel explored the impact of collaboration on innovative healthcare. Zhi Min Sim, director of partnerships and strategy at Tsinghua Medicine – Tsinghua University, along with distinguished leaders of the US China Heartland Association (USHCA) including Min Fan, executive director, and former Missouri governor Bob Holden, chairman and president, shared their insights on the future of innovative healthcare, underscoring the shared commitment to shaping the future of healthcare through collaborative initiatives. 

Exploration of the aligned moon and sun

MISA eclipse 2017

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis invites you to an exhilarating celestial event. Join us as we witness the awe-inspiring solar eclipse on April 8, 2024!  Space for this event is limited. only registered participants may attend. This extraordinary experience promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part […]

Uniting for impact: Spotlight on global research

McDonnell Academy Global Research Symposium Washington University in St. Louis hosted the 2023 McDonnell International Scholars Academy Global Research Symposium: Forces Reshaping the World Oct. 5-7, 2023. The 2023 Global Research Symposium, Forces Reshaping the World, convened collaborators from WashU and their international partners to explore pressing issues of common concern. The Symposium featured the […]

McDonnell Academy Alumni stay connected

MISA Alumni Singapore

Staying engaged with the McDonnell International Scholars Academy can connect you to a network of alumni and Scholars in your community and around the world.

Empowering women through gaming


Sherria Ayuandini, a devoted board game fan, frequently hosted game nights with the McDonnell Academy Scholars when she lived in St. Louis. Dr. Ayuandini is a McDonnell Academy alumnus and partner Scholar from the University of Indonesia. Her 30th birthday bash, a colossal game night, became the “highlight of her decade” as many Scholars joined […]

Spotlight on Global Health Research


ICHAD Director Fred Ssewamala and Dr. Mary McKay discuss engaging adolescents in research and policy on Uganda’s morning show at NTV Professor Fred Ssewamala, renowned academic, McDonnell Academy Ambassador to Makerere University, and founding director of The International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD) was featured in the media as ICHAD organized an impactful […]