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

An Unforgettable Experience: Reflecting on the April 8 Eclipse In the quiet setting of Perryville, Missouri, an extraordinary event unfolded on April 8th, 2024. McDonnell Scholars, WashU faculty, McDonnell Academy collaborators, and guests of John McDonnell and his foundation team, came together for a captivating celestial phenomenon: the total solar eclipse. Despite encountering several traffic […]

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 […]

SAVE THE DATE: Global Research Symposium

McDonnell Academy Global Research Symposium Forces Reshaping the World October 5-7, 2023Washington University in St. Louis The symposium will be held in person at Washington University in St. Louis. The events are free and open to the public. Registration will open soon. We are excited to resume these important symposia events in-person. The McDonnell Academy […]

McDonnell Academy cohort takes on New York City

Trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City over spring break have been a highlight of the McDonnell Scholars’ experience for over 15 years. In 2022, more than 50 Scholars resumed the trip to Washington DC after a pause due to the global pandemic. This spring, Scholars from two cohorts visited New York City to experience its lively […]

Bob Davis examines U.S.-China relationship

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 PM Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall Danforth Campus | Washington University in St. LouisView Program Bob Davis has covered U.S.-China relations since the 1990s when the two nations were working hard to strengthen their ties. In 2022, Davis retired from the Wall Street Journal as a senior editor in Washington DC […]

Foreign policy expert leads lecture on Putin

The 2023 S.T. Lee Lecture featured leading foreign policy expert, Dr. Fiona Hill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. She was recently appointed as chancellor of Durham University, U.K. Hill has also served as the deputy assistant to the president and a former senior director for […]