Until her junior year of high school, Natalie was focused on becoming a doctor. After deciding that wasn’t the right fit, she struggled to find an alternative, and signed up for the Bioengineering High School Competition team at her school.
“It was awesome. We put together a bunch of tech from other devices to make a new application, and I loved how you could reformulate existing tech to make something completely new. The reality of math, technology and medicine all in the same specialty was very engaging to me, and very exciting. That’s exactly why I chose BioE and Berkeley.”
Natalie met Professor Dorian Liepmann at the High School Competition and has been working in his lab since her freshman year. Expecting to graduate in 2020, she now plans to go on to PhD in bioengineering.
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.