Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar Program Description | St. Lawrence University Academic Affairs

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar Program Description

This program will be available in 2019, 2020, and 2021 thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

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. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.  Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. To date, the program has supported more than 2,300 women.

Requirements:

Eligible applicants are female U.S. citizens or permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) who are physical science majors with strong academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher).

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars are supported to conduct on-campus research projects in the physical sciences (Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics) with faculty mentors, with the intent of motivating and preparing the recipients to apply for graduate study.  See list for details about eligible and ineligible discpilines for research projects.  Each Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar will receive a stipend ($3,750), as well as funds for supplies ($300) and domestic travel with their faculty mentor, to regional, national, and professional conferences to present research findings ($600). Campus housing will be provided.

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars will also be matched to successful females in their fields of interest through SLU’s alumnae network after their summer research experience and will maintain regular contact with their mentors throughout the remainder of their college careers.

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars are expected to submit a 500-word summary of their accomplishments to their faculty mentor and the Academic Dean’s Office within two weeks after the end of the summer research experience. In addition, they are required to give a public oral presentation to present research findings in April of the year following the award at the Festival of Science or Festival of Scholarship & Creativity or in the fall semester at the Honors Reception, as well as at a regional, national, or professional conference. A portion of the final stipend will be withheld until the student presents at the Honors Reception or the Festival of Science or Festival of Scholarship & Creativity.  Funds to support conference travel are included in each award.

How to Apply:

Eligible applicants are female U.S. citizens or permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) who are physical science majors with strong academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher). Eligible research projects will take place on campus and be in the disciplines of the physical sciences. See list for details about eligible and ineligible disciplines for research projects and majors.

Each applicant should submit the following information by completing the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar Application no later than 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

  1. A research proposal outlining the research plan. Follow the guidelines.
  2. Two recommendations, one from the proposed faculty mentor that speaks to her capacity for success in carrying out independent research and one from a recent faculty instructor who can provide an academic reference for the student.
  3. An unofficial transcript.

A committee will review these materials and may interview chosen candidates in order to reach a decision. Applicants will be notified, via email, by mid-April whether or not their undergraduate research application has been approved. Applicants who are not selected will be offered constructive feedback.