Global Health Student Awarded Pyne Prize

Feb. 26, 2024

Brian Sheng-Kai Li '24, a comparative literature major who is pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy, is a co-recipient of the 2024 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. As the highest general distinction conferred on a Princeton undergraduate, The Pyne Honor Prize is awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership.

Sharing the honor with Li is fellow senior Casey Beidel, a sociology major pursuing certificates in American studies, music theater, and gender and sexuality studies.

Li's academic interests lie at the intersection of literature and the history of medicine. After Princeton, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in the history of science and medicine and later enter a combined M.D./Ph.D. program.

“My ultimate goal is to work as a physician-historian, combining clinical practice with research and teaching in history of medicine,” Li said. “Today’s medicine draws on ideas from diverse historical periods and cultural traditions — these narratives deserve further consideration by us all. Ultimately, building these bridges can help improve how medical institutions engage with people like you and me.”