Jin Tao, originally from the People’s Republic of China, arrived in the United States speaking no English. Four years later she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern in 2012, graduating cum laude. While at Northwestern, she received numerous awards, including the First Place Award for the Mickelson Engineering Design Prize, Best Design Award for the Undergraduate Design Contest. She was involved with Relay for Life, an active member of the Society of Women Engineers in their outreach program to middle schoolers, a volunteer at the Chinatown Free Clinic, and participated in the Alternative Spring Break program. She is presently working on research regarding the antimicrobial property of catechol-containing polyethylene glycol-based hydrogels for medical adhesive applications to minimize post-surgical infections.