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  • January 31, 2019

    Le Moyne Receives Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award to Fund Undergrad Research

    The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Le Moyne a grant of $187,300 through its Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program. This three-year grant will support 19 female undergraduate research scholars enrolled in physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science.

    Since its inception in 1989, the CBL Program, funded through the Henry Luce Foundation, is one of the premiere private funders of STEM higher education in the country. The program encourages female students to enter, study, graduate and teach in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science, noting that women comprise such a small percentage of scholars and researchers in those fields. With a rigorous screening process that accounts for an institution’s commitment to the STEM disciplines, career pathways for female science faculty, and a strong culture of research, the CBL Program annually grants approximately ten awards to colleges and universities across the country. With this award, Le Moyne joins the ranks of some of the nation’s top research universities and prestigious liberal arts colleges.

    The impact of this grant award is truly immeasurable. As our CBL Scholars progress through their research, they will be better positioned for further research pursuits and graduate-level success. The tradition of providing extra support and research opportunities for our female scholars in the sciences established by the CBL Program at Le Moyne College will set a dynamic precedent for our research programs going forward.

    Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, editor, ambassador and one of the first women elected to congress. Under the terms of her will, she chose to establish a legacy that would benefit current and future generations of women with talent and ambition in areas where they continue to be severely underrepresented—the sciences and engineering. To date, the CBL Program has supported more than 2,300 women.

    With the full support of the CBL Program, Le Moyne College will be able to provide these opportunities for our female students and we will be able to partner with a national leader in shaping women’s role in STEM over the next three years.

    The establishment of the Clare Boothe Luce Program is part of the College's $100 million Always Forward campaign, which was publicly announced in June of 2018. 
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