Albert and Cynthia Chung Award

This award was made possible through an endowment established by Albert and Cynthia Chung. Cynthia Chung was born in Jamaica, received her BS and Studio Arts and M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught Art and Art History at the Frick international Studies Academy in Oakland, and is also a Certified Art Therapist, having worked with patients at the Woodville State Hospital. Dr. Albert Chung was also born in Jamaica and came to the US, with his spouse Cynthia, in 1960. He earned his PhD from the Johns Hopkins Medical School, spent 2 years in the Chemistry Department at Harvard University, and 3 years at the University of Colorado Medical Center, before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 1967 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition. During his time as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre Genetique Moleculaire at Gif‐Sur‐Yvette, France, his focus shifted from enzymology to cell biology; a major accomplished was the codiscovery of the basement protein laminin. He was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and served as department Chair from 1983 until 1988. He is currently an emeritus professor. Dr. Chung consistently trained undergraduate students in his laboratory, and he reflects that his most rewarding experiences have been training students in his lab. This award reflects the Chungs' desire to provide similar opportunities to the undergraduates at his long‐time home institution and is currently used to support an undergraduate researcher during the summer.

Applications are typically due in February.


Winners of the Albert and Cynthia Chung Award:

 Chung Awardee  Laboratory
2022 Ishika Singh Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky
 2021  Hannah Moore  Dr. Miler Lee