Professor Arthur K. Champlin Gold Medal Award
The Professor Art Champlin medal is awarded annually to the top student graduating BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. It is named after Professor Art Champlin (RIP), the Arey Professor of Biology at Colby College, Maine, USA who had a long-standing and close relationship with UCC through the Colby in Cork (Exchange) Programme from the late eighties.
Art spent periods in UCC in 1991-1992 as the Resident Director of the programme and as a Visiting Professor in Biochemistry (which he revisited in 1994). He returned again in 2003 as Resident Director of the Colby in Cork programme.
During his time at UCC, Art taught a number of courses in development biology (his main research passion) and molecular genetics. He was an exceptionally outstanding and dedicated teacher and was loved and admired by his students. He was also a natural gentleman who had time for everyone and who made a lasting impression on all who met him or spent time in his company. Art was a wonderful and good man and a gentle man. He touched the hearts of staff and students in Biochemistry with his positive and loving outlook on life and his caring attitude. It is fitting that the staff and students in the School of Biochemistry continue to honour his memory and we hope his passionate interest in research and teaching continues to inspire our graduates into the future.