39th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Bomy Lee Chung

Bomy Lee Chung

PhD candidate in chemical engineering at MIT

39th Annual MLK Leadership Award

Bomy Lee Chung holds a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering. She is a member of the Langer Lab, and her research focuses on the development and optimization of drug delivery methods for cardiovascular diseases.

Chung was honored with the graduate-student MLK Leadership Award for her extensive service to the MIT community.

She served as Institute Representative for Graduate Students on the MIT Presidential Committee for Race and Diversity in 2011. The Committee is charged "with fostering better relations among the races of people at MIT and helping the community realize the benefits of its cultural and racial diversity". Chung's responsibilities included helping to coordinate a systematic action agenda for improving race relations on campus.

From 2012 to 2013, Chung served as Executive Board Member of Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT). During this time, she also helped to oversee the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC), the largest and most decorated graduate student government in the US. Under Chung's administration as executive officer and as treasurer, the GSC precipitated multi-million dollar housing reform in the city Cambridge, established the first graduate student childcare program, and created long-term strategic relationships with the neighborhoods and city council. The GSC was awarded the Compton Prize, MIT’s most prestigious award, for service to the MIT community.

Since 2013, Chung has participated in the MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) as Panel, Marketing, and Scholarship Program Lead. She also serves as Associate Board Director for the MIT Federal Credit Union.