Barnard College was recently awarded a $196,440 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation through the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) program, which is designed to encourage undergraduate women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, mathematics, and engineering. Named for Clare Boothe Luce -- an inspiring woman who achieved success in diverse fields including diplomacy, journalism, theatre, and politics and whose generous bequest funds the program -- CBL is the single most significant source of private support for women in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Other CBL grant recipients this cycle included Duke University and the College of the Holy Cross.

“Barnard is deeply grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation for its endorsement of the College’s efforts to educate outstanding young women who seek to advance the world through scientific and computational analysis,” Barnard Provost Linda A. Bell said.

Beginning in the summer of 2016, the grant will support two cohorts of four exceptional Barnard students as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars, who will pursue computational research with Barnard faculty mentors on scientific questions concerning big data. Prof. Timothy Halpin-Healy, Department of Physics Chair, will serve as the faculty director for the CBL program.

Barnard’s Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars will be selected through a competitive process based on their demonstrated potential as future research scientists. Students will apply during the winter of their sophomore year, describing the research they intend to explore with their mentor and the computational methodologies that will be used. Scholars will receive support for their research during two summers as part of Barnard’s Summer Research Institute and two academic years. In addition, CBL Research Scholars will engage in a variety of activities with their cohort, and will receive advice about graduate school planning and fellowship applications.

Though much progress has been made in recent years, gender disparity remains a challenge in STEM fields, specifically in the physical, mathematical, and computational sciences. For over 25 years, and with support from a variety of sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Altman Foundation, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Barnard has developed an extensive set of activities and programs that encourage students to study, major in, and pursue science as a career. 

Read more about the Clare Booth Luce grant in Philanthropy News Digest, Inside Philanthropy, and the Columbia Spectator.