Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM

Clare Boothe Luce Program

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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Program Aims

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in Higher Education in the United States. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. To date, the program has supported more than 2,900 women. As of 2021, the CBL Program for Women in STEM has awarded a total of 819 grants to 200 different institutions, including 65 grants to Minority-Serving Institutions.

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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

Seton Hall University CBL STEM Program Escrow Account - 2021
Seton Hall University|South Orange, New Jersey, United States
2021CBL Designated$414,750 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Colby College CBL STEM Program Escrow Account - 2021
Colby College|Waterville, Maine, United States
2021CBL Designated$414,750 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Lehigh University - 18 CBL Undergraduate STEM Research Awards
Lehigh University|Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
University of California, Los Angeles - 24 CBL Undergraduate STEM Research Awards
University of California, Los Angeles|Los Angeles, California, United States
Notre Dame of Maryland University - Two CBL Undergraduate STEM Scholarships
Notre Dame of Maryland University|Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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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: Carlotta M. Arthur, Ph.D.

Carlotta M. Arthur, Ph.D. was the first African American woman to earn a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University. After a decade in the aerospace and automotive industries, she completed an M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in Psychophysiology/Health Psychology, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Carlotta was a member of the inaugural cohort of W.K. Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health. She also served as an Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, an HBCU in Nashville, TN; an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Smith College; and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Carlotta directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Diversity Initiatives, HBCU, and Appalachian Colleges Programs at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Assistant: Ms. 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.

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Recent News and Announcements

See All Clare Boothe Luce Program News
Nov. 15, 2021
$8.8M in New Grants Promotes Full Participation of Women Across STEM Disciplines
Clare Boothe Luce Program, Grants Announcement, STEM Convergence
Sept. 30, 2021
MIT Selects Two CBL Graduate Fellows in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Clare Boothe Luce Program
Sept. 19, 2021
CBL Professor Chosen to Participate in Science and Technology in Society Forum
Clare Boothe Luce Program, Higher Education, STEM Convergence