Celebrating achievements and honoring legacies at the McDonnell Academy Recognition Ceremony

The day after WashU’s 2024 commencement, the McDonnell Academy hosted a recognition ceremony to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our graduating Scholars. The event was marked by a sense of celebration and accomplishment as each Scholar received their recognition certificate, marking their transition from students to Scholars for Life. These Scholars have excelled in various […]

Congratulations to our McDonnell Academy graduates

Welcome to Recognition Ceremony 2024. The McDonnell Scholars Academy at Washington University will host its annual recognition ceremony. Tuesday, May 14, 2024Charles F. Knight Center Danforth Campus Our graduating students, Scholars for Life, will give brief remarks during the ceremony and will be individually recognized as they receive their certificates. Registration is closed. Meet the […]

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 […]

Fueling connections with McDonnell Academy alumni

Celebrating Connections: Highlighting the St. Louis McDonnell Academy Alumni Reception We recently had the pleasure of hosting the St. Louis McDonnell Academy Alumni Reception, a great event that brought together a wonderful group St. Louis alumni, along with their families. The event facilitated the reconnection of old friends and the formation of new connections amid […]

Navigating politics, culture and global leadership in Washington DC

This spring, McDonnell Scholars from the 2022 and 2023 cohorts visited the nation’s capital to experience first-hand Washington, D.C.’s political and cultural landscape, expand their professional network, and build personal connections through their shared experience. Joining them on the trip were founding benefactor, John McDonnell, and Chancellor Emeritus Mark Wrighton, both of whom remain actively […]

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 […]

Seeds of Impact

2023 Global Seed Grant Web Banner

Nurturing research through Global Accelerator Grants Since its 2020 inception, the McDonnell Academy Seed Grant initiative has served as researchers’ starting point. This year, we expanded it by integrating the McDonnell Academy Global Accelerator Grant, enhancing opportunities for endeavors gaining momentum. This crucial support nurtures initial ideas, ensures preliminary data collection, and propels projects to […]

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 […]