Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is proud to offer the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program, which supports female science majors who are pursuing summer research projects in physics, astronomy, and computer science as well as cross-disciplinary research projects in computational physics, geophysics, biophysics, computational chemistry, and physical chemistry. The awards will be given annually to eight women in Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science or related fields for the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Each recipient will be paid a stipend of $4200 for 10 weeks of summer research, with additional funds allotted for research expenses and travel to meetings to present results.  The CBL Research Scholars will take part in cohort activities such as summer lunch meetings, presentation of a poster on their research at Carleton's annual poster session and participation in related CBL activities throughout the academic year following their summer research.

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  • Female interested in physics, astronomy, computer science or related fields.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Preference is for 1st or 2nd year students

Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. She appreciated, however, that many women face obstacles in their chosen professions. By establishing this program, she sought to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. More information can be found on the Luce Foundation website.

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