Celebrating the Past, Ready for the Future
Class Acts is a series that recognizes our students who are changing the world through research, service and innovation.
Class Acts is a series that recognizes our students who are changing the world through research, service and innovation.
Native Australian Kate Falconer was drawn to the School of Law because of its international reputation. After completing her studies for a master of laws degree, she'll return home to pursue a doctorate in comparative indigenous law.
Ylan Vo, a master’s candidate in both architecture and landscape architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, uses her training to think about how systems interact.
December graduate Pooja Jairam has found the formula for achieving her very long list of goals.
Alex Blustein, a December graduate of School of Engineering & Applied Science and Olin Business School, has visited home less than 40 days since arriving here in 2013. The Tampa native has spent every summer of his undergraduate years either traveling or working, and it's paid off not only in an amazing job opportunity but it has also strengthened his faith in humanity.
Stephen Huber will graduate in December 2016 with degrees in finance and operations and in supply chain management from Olin Business School. But his other job, that of Student Life senior photo editor, taught him so much, too.
Cara Cheevers of the Brown School says social workers bring a valuable perspective to organizational leadership and public policy.
Senior class president will call upon classmates to consider who they want to be
Ashley Macrander to be the first graduate student to speak at Commencement
Fascinated by the brain, native Chilean pursues advanced degrees in occupational therapy and public health
Physician-scientist hopes to teach and inspire others
Student researches Cuba’s forgotten abolitionist and civil rights journalism
Cameron Kinker’s extraordinary commitment to LGBT rights and racial equality
Physical therapist plans to empower women and advance women’s health in Africa
Jallah Kollie balances work and family to earn his graduate degree
Student sheds light on the relationship between our food and the land that sustains us
Student’s cosmic discovery may shed light on the origin of our solar system
Katelyn Mae Petrin on biohackers and the medical humanities
Sensitive and thoughtful, soon-to-be physician wants to treat the underserved
Jenny Terrell advocates for those with lesser access to America’s legal system
Community garden taught soon-to-be physician valuable lessons in patient care
Adaptability is a key factor in Klitzke’s efforts toward positive change
Dante Migone-Ojeda builds a “Mending Wall”
Mary Clemens draws inspiration for her master’s studies from motherhood and family loss
Through her photography, Lindy Drew engages and tells the stories of strangers
Audiology graduate student shifted career paths out of a desire to help her son and others who are deaf and hard of hearing
Nick Okafor and Carrick Reddin each took unique approaches to making St. Louis a better place
For Molly Chaney, college is an adventure
Studying molecular genetics and genomics, doctoral student worked to understand connection between gut bacteria and malnutrition
New Yorker comes to the Midwest to become a citizen of the world
Student celebrates Latin American culture while helping the underprivileged
Irene Taranhike works toward eliminating sex trafficking
The rigorous opulence of Priyanka Reddy
Business student Connie Zhou finds her focus
Fabian Barch works toward creating greater opportunity for all.
Maisie Mahoney fuses athletics with service
Diverse background inspired soon-to-be physician to focus on cultural competency in health care
A.J. Girdwood-Naddell is quite possibly the busiest musician on campus.
For Ron Nwumeh, scientific research is a passion
Ryan Mikkelsen searches for solutions to global poverty.
In a struggling school district, Keyria Jeffries advocates for students most in need
Law student puts veterans' interests first
Senior Akeda Hosten’s love of music takes him to the stage
A broken ankle may have sidelined Washington University forward Olivia Lillegraven during her junior year. But it didn’t take her out of the game.
Everyone at Washington University seems to know Olin Business School student Khalyani Sankar. During her time here, she has remained a prominent student voice, bridging many facets of the campus community through her leadership and involvement.
John Lentz, master’s degree candidate in public health at the Brown School, believes that once it is understood how a large-scale administrative health care system functions, even a small tweak can generate a major improvement in health outcomes.
Anne Shellum’s path to Washington University in St. Louis wasn’t the most direct route, but as she nears completion of her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, she concedes it was a fascinating journey.
No one knows how many people live in Kibera, Kenya. Estimates are contested but range from 200,000 to 500,000 to upwards of a million. What is certain is that this century-old informal settlement, squeezed into one square mile on the northern bank of the Nairobi River, is among the most crowded and impoverished places on earth. It is also largely devoid of adequate sanitation infrastructure, says Andrea Godshalk, a master’s candidate in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
Monique Thomas is no ordinary Washington University graduate student. In addition to pursuing both Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, Thomas also took a term off to work for the Ferguson Commission in the months following the non-indictment in the Michael Brown case.
As a little girl, Emily Walco would visit the zoo and wonder why animals do what they do. As an anthropology major, she took that fascination to the field, studying a little-known baboon species in Zambia’s Kasanka National Park.
The Class of 2015 snapped selfies, celebrated each other’s friendship and said their farewells to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton May 11 at the annual Chancellor’s Dinner.
Washington University in St. Louis senior class president Jeremy Sherman knows what’s next — a trip to Europe and a job at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C. The rest is uncertain. “Even if we have a job or are planning to go to graduate school, all of us are facing a lot of uncertainty,” said […]
While a high school student in Bloomington, Indiana, Hayley Chrzastowski set her sights on two long-term goals: She wanted to work in Africa, and she wanted to become an occupational therapist.
It’s 1,353 days after the first day of school for the Class of 2015, and Washington University in St. Louis senior Will Ralls is amazed by the unexpected course of his college career. He came ready to major in computer science and political science and he did. The rest — serving as a residential advisor […]
Kirsten Smith, longtime executive administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for students, and her daughter, senior Kirinne Slaughter, both will graduate Friday from Washington University in St. Louis.
Greg Orf was an undergraduate studying biochemistry when a random assignment about solar energy altered his course.
To Wash U Wash owner Jack Feldman, there are two types of clothes. Not formal or casual. Not cheap or pricey. Just dirty and clean.
An artwork can be an object. But for Addoley Dzegede, who will receive her Master of Fine Arts from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts May 15, it is more like a conceptual approach, one that informs sculpture, audience interactions and environmental interventions alike.
“As architects, we’re trained to design for people,” said Lopez, who recently won the Sam Fox School’s 2015 Frederick Widmann Prize in Architecture. “This is a very different building type with a whole new set of implications.
Aaron Beswick is the first in his family to pursue a master’s degree. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate from college.
I’m really interested in the combination of landscape and urbanism — in looking at integrated systems and environments and how they affect people on a larger scale. There's so much potential for landscape architecture today to impact issues both within and beyond the site in front of you.
The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic gave Kevin Baumgartner a front-and-center, often heartbreaking look into the inequities of health care. “Working at the clinic gave me an intimate view of the pressing social challenges we're facing,” he said.
As an artist, senior Tucker Pierce explores the intentional construction of identity and what happens when it encounters the surrounding world. As cofounder of Westminster Press, Pierce is hoping to create both metaphoric and literal space for artists from marginalized communities.
Fourth-year medical students Zach Meyer (left) and Allan Jiang perform a musical number at a Medical Campus Coffeehouse on April 7.
“You’re the girl who pitched me!” said Kevin Dillon, an actor on the HBO series “Entourage,” when he saw Jolijt Tamanaha, a senior in Arts & Sciences, at the Austin, Texas, airport.
Aimee Gao’s interest in deaf culture was first piqued in fourth grade when her class learned the story of Helen Keller, dabbled in American sign language and put on a play for students at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Later, as an undergraduate at William Jewell College, where she earned a degree in elementary […]
Campus leader Seiko Shastri changed Washington University in St. Louis during her time here. Now, she’s poised to change St. Louis.
Sierra Williams (left) of Centro Models wears an evening gown designed by senior Sarah Ettinger, who will join Kate Spade in New York this summer. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg
Joe McDonald has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In high school, he tried to start your typical teenage businesses — lawn mowing service, disc jockey, whatever other “wacky ideas” came to him.
Of the 460,000 athletes competing in three levels of NCAA sports, only a small fraction of them will get to compete beyond college — and most of them are men making the jump from Division I to the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and Major League Baseball.
With roots in another continent and a longtime interest in health and cultural issues, medical student Rahel Ghenbot felt a career in global health was a possibility.
Washington University in St. Louis senior Amanda Man won fourth place in the 2015 Arts & Sciences Senior Photo Competition for photo “Galleria Snow,” which captured a magical moment at the mall.
For both better and worse, Washington University in St. Louis senior Tori Bawel suffered a major concussion while biking through campus her sophomore year. The accident landed her in the hospital where she met exceptional caregivers and found a path for her future.
Third-year law student Jonathan Adair applied to Washington University in St. Louis late in his search process and made a last-minute decision to attend. Now the Chicago native, who took advantage of myriad educational and service opportunities during his time at WashU, can’t imagine wanting to go anywhere else.
WU-SLAM veteran and Washington University in St. Louis senior Sam Lai offers that advice to all slam poetry novices. Slam poetry, he says, should be intense, dynamic, maybe even embarrassing.
The Congress of the South 40 snagged one of hip hop’s biggest acts, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, for the 2013 WUStock. More than 2,000 students packed the Pageant to hear “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and the duo’s other hits.
Not many young scientists get a chance to hobnob with Nobel laureates. So Jordan McCall was elated last year to learn that he had been chosen to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting — an annual gathering of Nobel laureates and young students and researchers.
Stephanie Weyrauch is a people person. It’s a key reason she decided to go into physical therapy — that, and it was the family business in North Dakota, where she grew up.
There are many ways to work for social justice. You can lead rallies. You can petition the powerful. And you can play the ukulele.
Medical students spend years learning to take care of others but sometimes not enough time learning to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to mental health.
Kirk Hou, an MD/PhD student at the School of Medicine, has discovered an innovative way to manipulate proteins in cells — a method that potentially could be used to treat cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
Samantha Gaitsch, a senior majoring in dance and in psychology, both in Arts & Sciences, performed with company-in-residence The Slaughter Project at Edison Theatre at Washington University in St. Louis.
As a senior chess master, Mark Heimann, a senior in Arts & Sciences, has long admired Garry Kasparov, perhaps history’s greatest chess player. But that’s not what impressed him most about Kasparov’s visit to Washington University in 2012, his freshman year. “Kasparov was somewhat of a household name for me when I was growing up,” […]
This March, Lucy Cheadle, a senior in chemical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, stood atop a podium after earning a gold medal in the women’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field championship meet.
Comedian John Oliver, now the host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” delighted students at Edison Theatre in 2011.
Chicago to Seattle. Seattle to Hawaii. Hawaii to Christmas Island. Christmas Island to Fiji. Fiji to South Tarawa.
More than 1,500 new students, including Liggett/Koenig Lions (above), chanted their residential college cheers at Convocation at the Athletic Complex.
Improv troupe Suspicious of Whistlers (above) was one of many campus performance groups to act out stories written by Buder Elementary students at the second annual Young Storytellers Festival, hosted by Washington University senior honorary Mortar Board.
Robert Landis, a senior in Arts & Sciences, participates in the Danforth University Center’s first-ever human bowling tournament Feb. 21.
John Schmidt, a senior in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is the white playwright behind Black Anthology. In past productions, Schmidt has tackled profiling, post-racial politics, bias within the black community and the insidious ways prejudice persists on college campuses.
Kara Chung (above), a senior in English in Arts & Sciences, served as both executive director of Lunar New Year and a dancer in the Chinese fan performance.
Ervin and Civic scholar says the fight for the social justice is the foundation of a liberal arts education.
Near the Richmond, Virginia home of senior Lauren Henley still stands the site of the Industrial School for Wayward Colored Girls.
University College student, Army vet studies ‘the language of science’ to advance programs to veterans.
Saxophonist Adam Schefkind, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, is not big on banter.
Fourth-year medical student Uzoh Ikpeama reflects on his time at Washington University School of Medicine as he prepares for the next step in his journey.
In everyone’s life there are pivotal moments that could change the future, but whether or not they do depends on recognizing their meaning and value.
Esther Barker, a financial accounting assistant in radiation oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine, has no plans to switch careers now that she has earned a history degree from University College in Arts & Sciences.
“Unfortunately all of the people who come here to float or hike drive straight through the towns,” said Andrew Sheeley, who grew up in the Ozarks. “They don’t stop at local businesses or get to know the local people.”
Kasey Joyce, former reporter for KSDK-TV in St. Louis and president of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association at Olin Business School, has been highly involved with entrepreneurship in her two years in the MBA program.
“Prior to attending the Brown School I volunteered for a year in Honduras.
Marcus Surles was working as a courier when he was dispatched to deliver some pamphlets to Seigle Hall.
Christina “Nina” Marino will receive a doctorate in physical therapy at Commencement, after which she will begin a clinical residency in women’s health.
Abigail (Abby) Fraeman’s love of space really took off during middle school when her father brought home a telescope.
Sarah Raven, a master’s candidate in the BS/MS program in mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will start work in July as a structural analysis engineer at The Boeing Company, working with military aircraft.
Grace Feenstra, an Annika Rodriguez Scholar who majored in economics and urban studies in Arts & Sciences, will join other WUSTL classmates and alums at Bain & Company in Dallas where she will work as an associate consultant.
Ryan Rimer has wanted to be a physician since he was 10. It just took a little longer than usual to make that happen.
Andrew Blumberg and Amanda Stein have landed coveted clerkships with the Delaware Court of Chancery.
In the days before 9/11, Luis Lopez-Blazquez would explore the airfields of Miami International Airport with his father, a civil engineer there.
As a Katzenberger Foundation Art History intern at the Smithsonian Institute, Danielle Wu will help curators run the annual Folklife Festival, which draws a million visitors to the National Mall each year.
Doctoral candidate in anthropology Helina Woldekiros’ research on ancient salt caravans in her native Ethiopia brings her to the Danakil Depression, among the hottest and lowest places on Earth.
Shortly after graduation, Brittaney Bethea, who will receive her master’s degree in public health from the Brown School, will move back to her hometown of Atlanta, Ga., to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Andrew Skalman’s positive outlook fuels success on and off the field.
“Architecture is something that people take for granted,” said Michael Savala, a senior architecture major in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
Tim Cooney grew up in St. Louis and rarely had a place where his friends could gather and play a pick-up game of basketball.
Kuumba is an online media platform showcasing Washington University’s creative community.
Maximiliaan “Maxim” Schillebeeckx is a founding member of The Biotechnology and Life Science Advising Group (BALSA), a nonprofit led by Washington University graduate students and postdoctoral students.
There’s no shortage of competition in the T-shirt market, but student entrepreneurs and Fresh Prints founders Josh Arbit and Jacob Goodman have carved out a profitable niche by focusing on custom apparel for college students.
A roll of cookie dough is no more secure in a disposable bag than a backpack. And water is no cooler from a plastic bottle than a box.
If you saw any pictures from the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, there was the Brown School’s De Andrea Nichols onstage opening night, among a group of five students selected from a large pool of participants for their exemplary projects.
Happiness doesn’t just happen, said senior Austin Spurlock, founder of campus positivity group Do One Thing (DOT). It takes a good attitude, a generous spirit and, sometimes, bubble wrap.
Ambika Subramaniam is a sculpture major in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts with a minor in film and media studies in Arts & Sciences.
When Washington University School of Medicine students Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore wanted to learn more about the nation’s health care system, the majority of resources they found were narrowly focused, opinion-based publications or dense reference books.
Jennifer Rowley was a kid herself when she volunteered at a Cambodian orphanage. Every child there had lost a parent to AIDS; many were HIV positive.
The Eads Bridge is a St. Louis jewel, a historic landmark and a wonder of open steel framing.
The child: Sydney, a 13-year-old who lost her arm in a boating accident when she was 6 years old.
Curating a museum exhibition is never a small task. For an undergraduate student, it’s a rare opportunity.
Dominic Sanford, MD, (right) is on track to be a “star surgical oncologist,” according to his mentor and program director, Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH.
The School of Law’s competition teams – the Jessup Team and the Trial Teams – scored big in both national and international competitions.
A Belgian company was so impressed with the efforts of a group of Olin Business School MBA students to map out a U.S. market entry strategy, the company made the trip to St. Louis to further interact with the students, marking the first time an international practicum partner has visited the school.
A group of WUSTL students known collectively as “The Force” won the $50,000 top prize during GlobalHack’s first 48-hour ‘hackathon’ held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in St. Louis.
Vanessa Ridaura, PhD, a graduate student in molecular genetics and genomics, will leave the university with an honor that recognizes a graduate student whose laboratory endeavors bridge basic research and clinical medicine.
Kate Doyle, a chemistry major in Arts & Sciences, excelled on and off the field in her four years at Washington University.
Rebecca Gernes came to the Brown School with an interest in studying the role geography, or place, played in public health equity.
Graduate student Phillip B. Williams was one of five young poets nationwide to receive a prestigious $15,000 fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.
As a child in Cameroon, in west Central Africa, Raymond “Bamvi” Fohtung watched his father, a family physician, care for neighbors and others in his community. Inspired, he decided that he, too, would become a doctor one day.
Washington University students’ Green Machine, an elaborate machine built solely to zip a zipper, took second place at the Rube Goldberg 2014 College Nationals April 12 in Columbus, Ohio.
Joseph Orkin, a graduate student in anthropology in Arts & Sciences, won both the “audience’s choice” and “judge’s choice” awards at the St. Louis FameLab held Feb. 22, advancing to the national competition.
Camille Lynn Wright, a fashion major in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, traveled to Senegal as part of a six-week independent research project with the African and African-American Studies program in Arts & Sciences.
he 27th Rhodes Scholar from Washington University, Joshua Aiken earned a number of honors throughout the past four years. He served as a Humanity in Action American Fellow (2013), a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission Summer Institute participant (2012) and a U.S. House of Representatives legislative intern (2012).
As a freshman, Ken Zheng, a computer science student in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, founded Making Music Matters, which offered free violin lessons to students in one local school.
It was an interest in law and social work that led Caroline Fish to a Brown School practicum in the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Missouri, but it is an interest in stopping gender-based violence and human trafficking that is leading Fish to continue her work on a volunteer basis long after the practicum ended.
Anjali Nigam and Sarah Kay Hendred, both graduate students in the Program in Occupational Therapy at the School of Medicine, have volunteered their skills to help people from other countries improve their quality of life.
Every year, APO members donate some 6,000 hours to community service initiatives on and off campus.
During winter break, Allie Harris helped organize a mission trip to Guatemala for third-year students in the Program in Physical Therapy at the School of Medicine.
The law calls them thieves, addicts, even murderers. But to Rose McCarty, the detainees at St. Louis' Juvenile Detention Center are just kids.
Project Picasso volunteer Nancy Rekhelman taught cancer patients how to create Chihuly-inspired sculptures with clay and toothpicks.
Mike McLaughlin hiked more than 2,500 miles to raise money for children.
Service is an integral component of a Washington University legal education.
Between the hours in the lecture hall and the lab, there was dancing in the Quad, cheering at Francis Field and tug-of-war in the Swamp. Here graduating students reminisce about some of their most memorable moments at Washington University in St. Louis.
The future is bright for Washington University in St. Louis’ Class of 2014. The following stories offer a sampling of where our graduates are headed now that their WUSTL adventure has drawn to a close.
Great ideas abound at Washington University in St. Louis. The following stories offer a glimpse into the Class of 2014’s many innovative endeavors.
Washington University in St. Louis students aren’t waiting until they graduate to achieve great things. The following stories recount just some of the successes already garnered by the Class of 2014.
During their time at Washington University in St. Louis, these graduating students have created a better future for children — and improved the lives of adults — through a broad spectrum of service activities.