“The BioEHSC was essentially a gateway into the world of bioengineering for me. It challenged my curiosity and allowed me to discover a career path that I could pursue passionately.”
At James Logan High School, Toan Nguyen wasn’t really thinking about engineering, or what he wanted to do after school. His classes focused on general science, not applications. Joining his school team and competing in the Bioengineering High School Competition opened his eyes to a world of team-based problem solving in biological sciences.
The BioEHSC was developed and run UC Berkeley’s Bioengineering Honor Society, with recent support from the Department of Bioengineering. This annual group activity immerses teams of local high school students in a 7-week design project addressing a problem in medicine or biology. Contestants present their work to a panel of professors, industry representatives, and graduate students in a day-long research symposium.