Needham, Massachusetts (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
The program is funded by a grant made to Olin College in 2011 from the Henry Luce Foundation of New York City, through its Clare Boothe Luce Program. The awards provide stipends and other support to women students at Olin to pursue research with a faculty advisor. Over the three-year grant period, up to 24 Olin women will receive support under the program. Olin’s first Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars are:
“I am delighted to see our first group of Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars named,” said Rebecca Christianson, project director and assistant professor of applied physics at Olin. “I believe this opportunity will provide them with research and mentorship experiences that may well transform their future career options and choices. As the first Olin students to receive this honor, they are playing a pioneering role and setting a high standard for student research activities at Olin College, which prides itself on empowering women and men for success in science and engineering.”
Each award will provide a stipend for summer research and housing, plus an additional stipend and four course credits for research continued through the following academic year. Awardees also have access to additional funds to cover research, conference and travel costs. Seven of the grant recipients will begin their research this summer; one started in January, and will continue her work over the summer and during the fall semester.
Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), the wife of Time Magazine co-founder Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Through her bequest establishing this program, she aimed to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and teach in science, mathematics and engineering. The program is part of the New York-based Henry Luce Foundation.