How the liberal arts prepared one grad for medicine

A self-professed science geek, Anand Chukka arrived at Washington University eager to prepare for a career in medicine. As a December degree candidate, he has accomplished just that. He majored in biochemistry in Arts & Sciences; conducted medical research in labs in St. Louis, Boston and San Francisco; and serves as co-president of GlobeMed. But he also majored in American culture studies, a decision that reaffirmed his passion for medicine and positions him to be a better doctor.

​Student protest leader Riggs marching for a better St. Louis

Reuben Riggs, a senior in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, says the fight for social justice is the foundation of a liberal arts education and he has embraced that fight in light of events in Ferguson in 2014. “To know that and not go out and engage when it’s happening on my doorstep would go against everything I believe in,” said Riggs, who also is an Ervin and a Civic Scholar.

Gephardt Institute selects new cohort of Civic Scholars

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service selected eight sophomores for its fourth cohort of the Civic Scholars Program. Civic Scholars enroll in two years of academic coursework related to civic leadership and are mentored to prepare for a life dedicated to public service. They also carry out a civic project the summer before their senior years.

Gephardt Institute selects new class of Civic Scholars

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis has selected seven juniors as the second cohort of its Civic Scholars Program, joining five seniors selected last year. The students were chosen from a competitive pool for their outstanding qualifications, exemplary dedication to community engagement and potential for civic leadership.