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Dr. Selma Silagi Award

We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Chick, an undergraduate researcher at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, has been awarded the 2019 Silagi Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Aging Research. 

Chick contributed to the Successful AGing Evaluation (SAGE) study, Schizoprenia and Aging Study, and collected the qualitative interviews for the IBM Study—all while being a full-time student at UC San Diego. She also published in the Successful Aging newsletter and remained very active in the community. Chick graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s of science in physiology and neuroscience.

She joined AmeriCorps, a voluntary civil society program engaging adults in public service work, with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community” and will volunteer in a school in Denver. She plans to attend a medical school the following year, and we wish her all the best. 

The Dr. Selma Silagi Award honors the late research scientist who moved to San Diego after retiring as professor emeritus from Cornell University in 1987. Dr. Selma Silagi received her PhD in genetics from Columbia University, served as a research associate at Rockefeller University, and continued her basic research in cancer until her retirement from Cornell University in 1987 when she moved with her husband, Robert, to San Diego. She is best known for her work in 1966 when she used a mouse model to change malignant melanoma cells into nonmalignant cells and back again. She died in 1998. The Dr. Selma Silagi Award at UC San Diego was established in 1999 by her family​.