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Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce program to support women in STEM

The Clare Booth Luce grant will support undergraduate research expansion at St. Kate's.
The Clare Booth Luce grant will support undergraduate research expansion at St. Kate's.
Photo by Jill Welter.

St. Catherine University’s initiative to increase student research opportunities has received a major boost from the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) program of the Henry Luce Foundation.

The CBL program awarded the University a grant totaling more than $120,000 for research awards over three years to increase and enhance the undergraduate research opportunities for students majoring in mathematics, physics, and chemistry/biochemistry.

With the goal to increase the number of women in disciplines in which they are under-represented, grant priority will be given to students majoring in mathematics and physics with awards to chemistry majors limited to one each year. The CBL Research Scholars will be included in the University’s Summer Scholars program and the students will participate in other University-supported STEM programs and initiatives.

In addition, drawing on the expertise of the University’s renowned faculty, CBL Research Scholars will collaborate with a faculty mentor on a research project during the summer and the academic year. Students will engage in monthly meetings with their mentors and other scholars to discuss recent developments in their field.

“This grant will build upon the University’s commitment to collaborative undergraduate research in the STEM disciplines,” said Lynda Szymanski, associate professor and founder of St. Catherine's Summer Scholars program. “The CBL grant will provide support for students to engage in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors in math, chemistry, and physics.  

"Student interest in these majors, particularly math and chemistry, has been rising in recent years, and we expect this to continue as students are given more opportunities to engage in meaningful collaborative research.”  

The CBL grant will provide students with the opportunity to be immersed in a culture of research to increase the likelihood that they will pursue STEM-focused graduate programs and careers.

More about the CBL program of the Henry Luce Foundation

 The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program strives to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education and to serve as a catalyst for colleges and universities to be proactive in their own efforts toward this goal...As stated in her [Clare Boothe Luce] will, the program is intended "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in fields where there have been various obstacles, professional and personal, to their advancement.  All physical and life sciences, mathematics, computer science and all areas of engineering are included, with preference to areas where the dearth of women is greatest.  

To learn more

"Students represent St. Kate's at National Conference on Undergraduate Research"

"Students conduct research with professors at St. Kate's" (video)

"Rivers run through it"


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Jan. 8, 2013 by Julie Michener

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