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.

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Setting the Stage

Welcome to the McDonnell Academy Symposium Highlights

The Keynote

Vice Admiral Frank D. Whitworth, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), delivered the opening keynote address. He discussed the history and mission of the NGA, and the role of geospatial methods in understanding the “Forces Reshaping the World.”

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Every modern challenge has geography at its core. Every person with a cellphone has a sense of geospatial location.

Vice Admiral Frank Whitworth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Wash U leadership welcomes Vice Admiral

Sowing Impactful Projects

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 work of seed grant awardees who have received funding from the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and its campus partners over the last three years in areas that align with the university’s “Here & Next” strategic plan.

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Laura Benoist GRS 2023

The impact of the Academy’s Global Incubator Seed Grants program has resulted in more than a nine-fold return on investment – more than $12 million in additional external funding secured by WashU faculty as a result of this initiative.

Laura Benoist Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy

Highlighting Themes

The Symposium featured plenaries on research in particular themes and discussions about how research universities can foster the collaborative efforts required to address complex global challenges.

Discover the takeaways and learn more about the symposium highlights by selecting a theme below.

McDonnell Scholars share insightful stories

In the course of the three-day Global Research Symposium, our Scholars presented compelling narratives that showcased a wide range of perspectives, representing the diversity, experiences, and interests of our Scholars.

Competition Winners Celebrate Recognition and Awards

3MT® Competition Unveils Student Research; Forces Reshaping the World Photo Contest Captures the Essence of our Inspiring Themes.

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