The Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award annually recognizes outstanding public service contributions by members of the University of Pittsburgh’s faculty. Up to five awardees may be chosen annually. Each award consists of a cash prize to the faculty member of $2,000 and a grant of $3,000 to support the faculty member’s public service activities. All awardees are honored publicly.
Kay was recognized for her leadership in advocating for women and other URG in the sciences. Her efforts include working with the Diversity Committee to establish the SURF program in the Department, as well as numerous outreach programs such as the "Tour Your Future" which connects girls 11-13 to science and women scientists working in STEM careers.