Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars


The Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program supports undergraduate women majoring in STEM disciplines in which they are underrepresented on Bucknell’s campus. Research scholars will receive fellowships of $5,000, University housing for the summer, approximately $1,500 for research materials and supplies and funding to support research-related travel and/or graduate school visits. These trips do not have to occur in the summer.

The program is meant to help women persist in these fields by engaging in high-quality and transformative research experiences working closely with a faculty mentor. Ultimately, the program seeks to encourage more women to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the physical sciences and engineering.


Each Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar must be a woman majoring in one of the supported disciplines, a U.S. citizen and a sophomore or junior at the time of application. Eligible disciplines are:

  • Biophysics
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental geosciences
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics

Each research scholar must establish a relationship with a faculty research mentor and commit to a 10-week summer research experience. The mentor must be willing to work with the research scholar during the summer and will be asked to write a letter of support. Each faculty mentor will receive a $500 stipend for participating.

In addition, research scholars must:

  • Participate in Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar programming (approximately five events).
  • Complete all assessment activities (surveys and possibly a short interview).

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the essay questions on the application, academic performance and the recommendation of the faculty mentor.

How to Apply

Applications will include the following components:

  • The name of your proposed faculty mentor.
  • A short statement about your declared major.
  • A short statement about your plans beyond Bucknell.

Application deadline: Feb. 5, 2021.


Contact Details

Professor Karen Castle, Department of Chemistry


121 Marts Hall