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Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program

This is a new program supporting female science majors pursing research projects in the physical sciences. The program honors Clare Boothe Luce, playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Luce was a powerful advocate for women, and in the bequest for this program sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce program website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are female
  • You are a U.S. Citizen
  • Your major/intended major is one of the following: Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or one of the Dual Degree Programs in Engineering or Polymer Science.
  • Your overall GPA is at least 3.5
  • You have no lower than a “B” in your entry level courses in your field
  • You must be willing to make a commitment to working with a faculty member on research for two years (it need not, however, be the same faculty member for the entire period). Working 5-10 hours per week for 4 academic semesters and working around 40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks for two summers.  

To Apply

You will apply for Sophomore Research, but fill out an additional application page. Applications are due by 8 a.m. February 26th.

This application includes an upload of a one page resume and two short answer questions. Please have this information ready before beginning the application.

  • Describe the specific objectives you hope to gain from your first choice research experience.
  • What strengths (academic and non-academic) do you bring to this project that will contribute to its success?

When the Sophomore Research Application asks for your first and second choices, you will have a chance to type in choices that may not be listed on the site, you may list up to three research projects that you are interested in applying for. These can be Sophomore Research opportunities, AMRE projects, or other research opportunities you know about. Please list the faculty member's name and the research topic.

At the end of the Sophomore Research application, you will be sent to a third page which will ask for:

  • A file upload of your transcript. See instructions at the bottom of this page.
  • Two, one page recommendations from faculty members (preferably one from the faculty member you plan to research under). These should be emailed directly from the faculty member to Karen Parthemore.
  • A file upload of your personal statement. This is a 1-2 page (500 - 1500 words) document indicating interest in research, leadership experiences, and future career plans. Please have this information ready to upload before beginning the application.

Please follow these instructions to create a PDF version of your transcript for uploading.

  • Visit the Current Students page
  • Click on ‘ScotWeb’
  • Click ‘Log In’ on the tabs at the top of the page
  • Log in using your email name and password
  • Click on ‘Students’
  • Click on ‘Unofficial Transcript’
  • While viewing transcript, click on ‘File’ then choose ‘Print’
  • From the Printer drop down menu choose ‘AdobePDF’ or ‘PDFCreator’
  • Click ‘Print’ A pop‐up window should appear
  • Type your name – transcript in box marked document title (Jon Smith – Transcript)
  • Click ‘Save’
  • Choose a location to save the document Click ‘Save’