Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM

Clare Boothe Luce Program

Program Aims

Expanding educational opportunities for women in STEM and advancing America’s leadership in the sciences

Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) was a trailblazer in the arts, journalism and public affairs. Through her bequest, which provides support to women in STEM fields in which they are underrepresented, the Henry Luce Foundation has become the nation’s single largest private source of funding in higher education for women in science, mathematics and engineering. We advance work to close the gender gap in STEM disciplines and across leadership roles in higher education.

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Award Categories

The CBL Program awards grants in three categories:

  • Undergraduate Awards
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Professorships

Designated Institutions

Thirteen institutions, specifically designated in Ambassador Luce’s bequest, receive income from an initial allocation in perpetuity. These institutions are known as Designated Institutions.

Recent Grants

Saint Mary's College - One CBL STEM Professorship
Saint Mary's College|Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Xavier University - Five CBL Undergraduate STEM Scholarships
Xavier University|Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Texas Lutheran University - Four CBL Undergraduate STEM Scholarships
Texas Lutheran University|Seguin, Texas, United States
Indiana University, IUPU - 25 CBL Undergraduate STEM Scholarships
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -IUPUI|Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Marian University - Six CBL Undergraduate STEM Scholarships
Marian University|Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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30th Anniversary Blog

Room for Wisdom

Clare Boothe Luce Program Participants' Perspectives on STEM Ethics and Society

In recognition of the Program’s 30th anniversary, we are highlighting what we see as a critical but generally under-addressed aspect of the study and teaching of science: STEM Ethics and Society. We will draw on the vibrant community of Clare Boothe Luce scholars and professors from supported institutions to share their insights on how to approach, address, and hopefully preempt what could be some of the most challenging issues of our time.

This collection of articles is intended to start conversations about existing challenges, to share what’s being done at some of the nation’s top higher education institutions, and to encourage the next generation of scientists to think about the role of STEM ethics and society in their own work.

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Momentum Newsletter

The Clare Boothe Luce Program produced three issues of its newsletter, Momentum, which offered a look at how designated and invited institutions used Clare Boothe Luce Program grants to offer mentorship, professional development, community building and collaboration opportunities for women in STEM.

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Program Administrators

Program Director for Leadership: Aida Gureghian

Aida Gureghian is the program director for leadership at the Henry Luce Foundation. She previously served as the assistant dean for professional development at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, where she designed and implemented innovative programming to cultivate leadership and public engagement skills. Aida also served as the assistant dean for students at NYU, where she launched several pathway programs for underrepresented students. Prior to pursuing a career in higher education administration, she taught history at the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College. Aida earned her bachelor's degree in history from UCLA, her MPhil from Oxford University, and her PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Program Manager: Sarah DeMartazzi

Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Sarah was the administrative assistant for the PCLB Foundation, managing their office space and providing support for their grant cycle. She was also previously a research assistant at the New School and in the law firm of Paul Weiss. Sarah earned a master’s degree from the New School in Politics, focusing on Global Environmental Politics, and she earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State University in International Relations with a minor in Environmental Inquiry.

Image: University of Virginia Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow in Astronomy, Sandy Liss
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Recent News and Announcements

See All Clare Boothe Luce Program News
Dec. 20, 2022Foundation News
Henry Luce Foundation Awards $11.3M in New Grants to Support Women in STEM
Clare Boothe Luce ProgramGrants Announcement
Aug. 24, 2022Grantee NewsIdeas & Reflections
The ELIS Program: A Ten-Year Partnership Inspiring Women in STEM
Clare Boothe Luce ProgramHigher Education
Feb. 3, 2022Foundation NewsIdeas & Reflections
Parting Thoughts from CBL Program Director Dr. Carlotta Arthur
Clare Boothe Luce ProgramStaff Updates