Our Vision

Driving Discovery is our vision for the future of the sciences at Washington University. This ambitious, multiphase project will create new research and teaching facilities, help us recruit and retain a world-class community of faculty and students, and empower research across disciplinary boundaries. Today, many of our most exciting advances are found by drawing connections through basic science at the nexus of traditional fields. Driving Discovery will enable us to advance the frontiers of science.

Our Plan

Driving Discovery will establish the financial foundation for a new era of scientific discovery in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. An undertaking of unprecedented scope, it will provide the resources for our faculty, students, and laboratories of the future.

Investing in the Future

Scientific discovery today requires a critical mass of people, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research technicians. Such teams - working in modern, flexible, integrated spaces - can pursue research that will have a significant impact on society.

World Class Facilities

Outdated facilities will be renovated and replaced with state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching areas, and collaborative spaces, with the flexibility to accommodate future needs. 

Dynamic Faculty

Support for current faculty members and new hires will launch exciting research programs, allow us to expand course offerings, and create new research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. 

Outstanding Students

Increasing our resources for graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships is critical to attracting outstanding students.

Research Highlight

Arts & Sciences Dean Barbara Schaal, the past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, often advocates for scientific funding. Here, she explains why science is a good investment.

A history of Excellence

At Washington University in St. Louis, we are proud to have a long history of scientific achievement and innovation. Over the course of more than a century, our distinguished faculty have conducted Nobel-prize winning research, created groundbreaking interdisciplinary programs, and inspired new generations of scientific leaders.

William Chauvenet 1862
Anna Isabel Mulford 1895 Environmental Studies, Biology
Arthur Holly Compton 1927 Physics
Joseph Kennedy 1946 Chemistry, Materials Science
Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences 1973 Biology, Chemistry
McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences 1974 Earth & Planetary Science, Physics
Samuel Weissman 1980 Chemistry
Rita Levi-Montalcini 1986 Biology

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Our numbers

100 Graduate Students in Chemistry
25 Nobel Prize Winners
28,007 Square Feet of New Research Space
1 Month Until Occupancy