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Your generous gift to the 2015–16 Annual Fund allows Washington University to invest in exceptional students, world-renowned educators, innovative technologies, and groundbreaking research. You help make extraordinary achievements possible. Thank you. Click on the links below for more details about some of the exciting achievements from the past year, and find more in the Washington University Newsroom.

  • Nine Washington University alumni were selected to teach English or research various global issues—including urban development, public health, crisis journalism, and economic development—as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program 

  • Alumnus W. E. Moerner, BS '75, BS '75, BS '75 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry—becoming the 25th Nobel laureate affiliated with Washington University. Scholarship support made it possible for Moerner to earn three undergraduate degrees from Washington University, all with honors. He went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University and is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.

  • Washington University School of Law clinic faculty and students provided more than 100,000 hours of free legal service to the community in 2014 as part of the school’s nationally recognized Clinical Education Program. Through this program, law students build practical skills while providing legal services to underrepresented individuals and groups.  

  • A team of five undergraduate students—Matthew Burkhardt, Mason Meiners, Yuni Teh, Lindsay Kaminski, and Esther Koh—developed IdealTap, a medical chair that would rotate a patient from seated to side-lying, making spinal taps easier for patients and physicians. The students won the top prize of $25,000 in the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s 2015 Discovery Competition.

  • Olin Business School launched a minor in the business of sports with support from Joseph S. Lacob, co-executive chairman and CEO of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Olin now has the only top-five undergraduate business program in the U.S. with this specialized focus.

  • Under the leadership of Steven Fazzari, PhD, the Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, three notable sociologists—David Cunningham, Adia Harvey Wingfield, and Jake Rosenfeld—were recruited for the recently re-established Department of Sociology. Classes will begin in fall 2015. 


  • Daniel Moran, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and neurobiology, physical therapy, and neurological surgery at the School of Medicine, received a three-year grant to test a device developed in his lab that may allow upper limb amputees with motorized prosthetic devices to feel sensations. Moran and his team developed an electrode that they expect will transmit feelings of touch, pressure, vibration, heat, cold, and pain from prosthetic fingers, through the ulnar and median nerves, to the brain.  

  • For the second year in a row, Washington University Athletics finished fourth in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings, its ninth consecutive top-five finish. The men’s tennis team, women’s golf team, and women’s outdoor track and field teams each placed third. Also in top-ten positions were the men’s and women’s cross country teams (fourth place), the men’s swimming and diving team (sixth place), the women’s swimming and diving team (eighth place), and the women’s volleyball and basketball teams (ninth place).

  • Graduate architecture students in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts are collaborating with The Partnership for Downtown STL, Inc., formerly The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, to explore adaptive reuse alternatives for the iconic Railway Exchange Building. Built in 1914, the 21-story, 1.2-million-square-foot structure has been vacant since 2013.

  • Scientists at the School of Medicine are pioneering a new approach to cancer treatment, using genomics to create personalized vaccines to boost cancer immunotherapy. Three patients with advanced melanoma received vaccines in the first human clinical trial.

  • The Brown School’s newly formed research center, the Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice, aims to improve outcomes for people reintegrating into society after being incarcerated. Led by Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, and in collaboration with the community-based Concordance Academy of Leadership, the institute will create, test, and disseminate findings about various reentry practices and policies.

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