McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis Welcomes Taiwan Young Scholars
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis was founded in 2005 with an initial endowment gift of $10 million from John F. McDonnell. A main theme of its program is to focus on energy, the environment, and sustainability, and learn more about the global community, and forge an international network of scholars at research universities. Washington University intends to develop a cohort of future leaders in a global university system and promote global awareness and social responsibility. International scholars are an indispensable part of the research effort at Washington University and to raise the educational experiences of domestic students by sharing characteristics of their own culture and the history of their home countries.
A special feature of the McDonnell Academy is that each scholar has a mentor who also serves as an ambassador to their alma mater and helps them network in America. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has appointed Professor Tuan-Hua David Ho to advise the scholars from Taiwan. Professor Ho is a professor in the Plant Biology, Developmental Biology, and Molecular Genetics programs of the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University. He is also an academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The 2013 McDonnell Academy scholars from Taiwan at Washington University are: