Catherine Li is a Junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orange County where she is involved in the ASPIRE Research Program, varsity volleyball, varsity track, Mu Alpha Theta and serves as president of both the Student Government Association and National Honor Society. She is inspired by scientific research and its potential to improve human conditions around the globe.

Over the past few years, Catherine has had the amazing opportunity of researching at the CREOL College of Optics and Photonics and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. With strong interest in biomedical engineering, Catherine’s project focuses on the development of a new method to synthesizing nanoparticles especially designed for drug delivery applications, with an ultimate goal of cancer treatment.


This year, she received the Senior Physical Sciences Grand Award at the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition, Best in Fair at Orlando Science Center’s Science Challenge and was a finalist at the Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium Speaker Competition at the University of Florida. Catherine will be making the trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this May.

Outside of her research, Catherine is passionate about sports, traveling, mathematical problem solving, creative writing and spending time with family. She aspires to further her scientific knowledge by obtaining a doctorate degree and then using her research to make an impact on people from many different countries and classes around the world.

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