David Chae and Han Soo Chae

Assistant Professor David H. Chae and his mother Han Soo Chae.

March 8, 2016

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, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

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.

Han Soo Chae cared so much about the health of others, while often overlooking her own. It is in this spirit that the Han Soo Chae Memorial Research Award was established. It is made possible by generous contributions of family, friends, and colleagues.

Han Soo Chae lives on through her two sons. Both of them hold doctoral degrees, and are committed to social justice.

Details: Amount: $250/award, 1-2 awards annually.

Application Requirements: Candidates should be an MPH or PhD student who graduated in Fall 2015 or will be graduating in Spring 2016. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by a thesis/dissertation committee member. Included in the application should be a cover letter not to exceed one page, 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, not to exceed 300 words. Applications are due on April 15, 2016, 5:00 PM EST. Completed applications should be emailed to: Robert S. Gold, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at rsgold@umd.edu.