Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Undergraduate Research Awards

The Clare Boothe Luce Award was established by Clare Booth Luce, a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. More information can be found on the Luce Foundation website.

Program and Benefits

Thanks to a generous grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program, up to eight female students in Computer Science, Math and Chemistry will be supported as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars each year. The program is designed to help diversify the field of science research by encouraging more women to pursue research careers. Selected students will receive 

  • Full-time, 8+ week,  summer research experience with a stipend ($5000/summer)
  • Research and graduate school prep activities throughout the academic year with a stipend ($500/school-year)
  • Research expense account (approximately $2000/year) for research equipment, supplies and conference travel
  • Networking & mentoring opportunities throughout the program


To be eligible for a Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship, students must be:

  • Female, US citizens
  • Declared major in Computer Science/Information Systems, Math or Chemistry 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in your major
  • Planning on pursuing graduate schooling
  • Not intending to pursue a career in medicine
  • Current freshman, sophomore or junior students at St. Scholastica; receiving funding for the sophomore, junior or senior year
    • Research scholarships are renewable for qualified students
  • Previous research experience is not required

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on their academic progress, performance in past coursework (and research if applicable) and interest in pursuing a career in science research.

Application Procedure

  • Complete our online application by Feb. 28. For 2018, we have not reached our goal for Math and Computing majors so additional applications will be accepted with a rolling acceptance window. Please consider applying if you are a Math or Computing major.
  • You will need to include:
    • A biographical sketch briefly describing past activities, hobbies, and employment that shaped you as a youth. Make sure to include any experience that has been important in clarifying or strengthening your motivation for a career in science or mathematics. Feel free to describe challenges you have overcome (250-500 words).
    • A description of your post-graduation plans for entering the workforce or graduate school and how participating in this research program would assist you in meeting those goals. (250-500 words).
    • Tentative details on a proposed research project including a faculty mentor's name and proposed research project title. Please discuss possible research projects with faculty in your field before completing the application.
  • We will ask your proposed faculty mentor to complete a recommendation for you.
  • By submitting the application you give us permission to add your transcript to your application for review.

Information and advice

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