Celebrating research excellence at PhDin3D competition

Seven senior Scholars competed for prizes and recognition at the annual McDonnell Academy PhD-in-3D competition on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Scholars were challenged to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. The competition was fierce, sparking a lively debate among judges, Richard Lawrence, head of genome editing, yield, disease, and quality […]

Cheers to the New Year!

The McDonnell Academy is energized and ready to begin another year of progress and accomplishment. We have exciting events planned for the year, including esteemed guest speakers, site visits, and skills development activities. We strongly believe in a well-rounded education and encourage our Scholars to explore interests beyond their primary field of study. Our goal […]

McDonnell Academy Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Cohort McDonnell Scholars

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year. An internationally competitive graduate fellowship program, the McDonnell Academy awards financial support and leadership training to dynamic students with proven academic excellence and leadership potential while pursuing graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis. The McDonnell Academy fellowship opportunity is open to prospective […]

McDonnell MBA Scholars Represent WashU at McGill Int’l Portfolio Challenge in Montreal

By: Jorge Concha and Felipe Quaassdorff, McDonnell Scholars During the first weekend of November, McGill University, a prestigious university from Montreal, Canada, hosted its new version of the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC), in which each year there is a unique case to solve the most important challenges pension funds are facing. Universities worldwide send […]

Medicine to Media: The 3 A’s of Conveying Critical Information

by Tewodros Liyew, McDonnell Scholar Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN podcast Chasing Life and practicing neurosurgeon, was the guest of honor at the McDonnell Academy’s Monthly Meet-up and Lunch on November 15th! During the fireside chat moderated by Dr. William Powderly, J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and co-director of […]

Embracing Cultural Awareness in Global Health Research

October 7, 2023 | Allison Martinez, McDonnell Scholar A small change can make a big difference. Mikhuna, a pilot clinical study in Ecuador, showed us the striking impact that a change in nutrition has on enhancing fetal growth and development. This is the result of the collaborative work of Lora Iannotti, professor at the Brown School […]

Promoting Age Inclusivity

October 7, 2023 | Jorge Concha Tagle, McDonnell Scholar The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy hosted an engaging workshop aimed at advancing understanding and promoting age inclusivity. The Center, housed at Washington University in St. Louis, is at the forefront of addressing the […]

Inspired by materials, shapes, and humans: Digital transformation in our future

October 7, 2023 | Hsin-Yi Cindy Chou, McDonnell Scholar Can you imagine a computer made of only plastic pieces? Did you know a mug can actually be a donut? Have you ever tried to predict what would people do next by their actions? In the final session of Global Research Symposium: Forces Reshaping The World held on Oct. […]

Breaking Down Boundaries for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

As diseases have no boundaries, interdisciplinary collaboration should not either October 6, 2023 | Ekua Mbrah Inkoom, McDonnell Scholar Professor Shanti Parikh began the Social Innovation session of the 2023 McDonnell International Scholars Academy Symposium on a strong note by asking, Are diseases creative and omnipresent, and why are we in siloed disciplines in academia? Our research, […]

Humanity, accountability, and teamwork

October 5, 2023 | Loreina Hsien, McDonnell Scholar My biggest takeaway from the opening and keynote session is – humanity, accountability, and teamwork.  Laura Benoist, director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, empowered us by sharing that it takes “people” to collaborate to reshape the world. As an educator and social worker, I have been trained to […]