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Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship Program

Women in Mathematics, Science and Engineering

The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program was established to encourage women to pursue graduate education and careers in teaching and research in disciplines having the lowest participation of women, namely physics, engineering, math, computer science, and chemistry. It is the single largest private source of funding for women in science and engineering. In its first 25 years, the CBL program has awarded grants totaling over $150 million.

Under this program, Fordham is able to provide summer research scholarships to outstanding female undergraduates in science, engineering, and mathematics to encourage and facilitate graduate education and further their research. Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards require a faculty mentor.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open to highly qualified full-time female undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or U.S Permanent Residents, not intending to pursue further education in the medical sciences (e.g. Pre-Med students), and who will complete their degree and graduate in May 2021 in one of the following majors:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics or Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Science, Integrative Neuroscience, or Natural Science only if:
    • your experience to date demonstrates significant involvement in Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Mathematics, or Physics and Engineering Physics; and
    • your Clare Boothe Luce research will be mentored by a faculty member in one of these areas.

Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Scholarships are 3-month summer awards that include:

  • $3,800 stipend;
  • if applied for, up to a $1,000 professional development fund for supplies, travel, research, etc.  This fund is handled by reimbursement of expenses and requires previous approval by the Program Coordinator and proof of payment. Any equipment purchases must be made through Fordham. Funds are not permitted to be used for local travel or travel outside the United States.

Please note: Tuition is not covered by the CBL Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship Award.

In accepting the award, the student agrees to:

  • continue in her major;
  • maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA;
  • continue research in her field;
  • write a report by September 1 on the research undertaken and progress made;
  • submit a final report at the conclusion of the award year in April on outcomes of her research and encouragement of women in the sciences during the year; and
  • after graduating from Fordham, give a 5-year follow-up report on career and educational achievements. 

In addition to basic personal information, the application includes a brief explanation of your plans after you graduate from Fordham, letters of recommendation from two Fordham faculty members, a personal essay, a research narrative, a budget for your project, a CV or resume, a spring 2019 class schedule, and an unofficial transcript.  For more complete information, review the Research Scholarship Application Guidelines.

The application submission deadline (including all required material, attachments, and letters of recommendations) is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

If you have any questions, please contact Maura Gallagher, Program Coordinator, at