David Chae and Han Soo Chae

Dr. David Chae and his mother Han Soo Chae in 2014. 

March 2, 2017

The Han Soo Chae Memorial Research Award was established to recognize one to two graduate students in the University of Maryland School of Public Health annually, in recognition of outstanding thesis or dissertation research addressing social and health disparities in underserved communities.

Han Soo Chae passed away on January 15, 2015 at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with cancer.  She immigrated to the United States on September 12, 1977, with her husband and infant son, and pregnant with David H. Chae, a former faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 

Han Soo’s story echoes those of harsh immigrant struggles and working-class families. She lacked health insurance for most of her life. Her death reminds us of the challenges that remain in public health, and brings attention to the importance of social determinants of health disparities. Her life also resonates with the values of hard work and sacrifice.

Since Dr. David H. Chae is now Associate Professor and Director, Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research at Auburn University, this will be the last year the award will be available to UMD students.

Details: Amount: $300/award, 2-3 awards. 

Application Requirements: Candidates should be an MPH or PhD student in the University of Maryland School of Public Health who is planning to graduate in Spring or Summer 2017, or who has already graduated in Fall 2016 or Winter 2017. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by a thesis/dissertation committee member.

Included in the application should be a one-page cover letter indicating the following: name of the student, department, title of the thesis/dissertation, and brief statement of how this research is related to the purpose of the award. Attached should be a structured or unstructured abstract of the thesis/dissertation no longer than 300 words. 

Applications are due on April 24, 2017, 5:00 PM EST.  Completed applications should be emailed to: Dr. Chae, Sc.D., Human Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director, Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research, at david.chae@auburn.edu