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WPI Awarded Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

 

Clare Boothe Luce

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been awarded the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award of $204,000 but the Henry Luce Foundation for the school's commitment to encouraging and supporting women in fields in which they are traditionally underrepresented. 

The grant will support research by undergraduate women in math, computer science, physics, and robotics engineering and will fund eight research scholars per year over a three-year period. 

"There is a critical need for more – and more diverse – scientists and engineers to meet the world's increasingly complex challenges, so this grant will have benefits far beyond WPI. Clare Boothe Luce cared deeply about advancing women in science, mathematics, and engineering, and this support will help encourage women to pursue these fields and apply their unique talents and diverse perspectives where they are most needed," said WPI President Laurie Leshin.

Going forward, Luce Research Scholars at WPI will be selected in their sophomore year and will conduct research supported by the program for up to three years. Each participant will be paired with a mentor from WPI's women faculty. 

The faculty mentors for the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program include mathematical sciences professors Suzanne Weekes and Sarah Olson; computer sciences professors Kathi Fisler and Carolina Ruiz; and physics professor Lyubov Titova. 

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with talented young women in the mathematical sciences.This is a great opportunity to explore new areas of research while enhancing professional development skills beyond the classroom," said professor Olson. 

The Clare Boothe Luce Program award is the latest in a number of measures WPI has taken to support and advance women in STEM.

Clare Boothe Luce Program 

The Clare Boothe Luce Program was established by Clare Boothe Luce, an associate editor for Vanity Fair, author of the Broadway play The Women as well as a numerous books. Luce died on October 9, 1987 leaving her estate to The Henry Luce Foundation, established by her husband. 

 

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