Li Qiang with Hunter College High School Senior Dylan Li.

Nurturing the Next Generation of Medical Scientists

​DRC’s Li Qiang's mentee, Dylan Li, a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition

November 21, 2016

Diabetes Research Center’s Li Qiang mentored Hunter College High School Senior, Dylan Li, in a project to understand how to make better drugs to treat diabetes and obesity. Based on this research project, Dylan published a first-author paper and was selected as a Regional Finalist in the 2016 SIEMENS COMPETITION IN MATH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. For the 2016 Siemens Competition, 2,146 students (1271 individuals, 304 2-person teams and 89 3-person teams) submitted applications from 46 states plus the District of Columbia and 7 countries with more than 1,600 projects submitted for consideration. 498 students were named Semifinalists from which 96 were named Regional Finalists. The Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and promotes excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.

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