The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Research Scholars program supports undergraduate women majoring in STEM disciplines in which they are underrepresented on Bucknell's campus (mechanical engineering, computer engineering or computer science, electrical engineering, physics, environmental engineering, mathematics, chemical engineering, civil engineering, chemistry, geology, or environmental geosciences). 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, we hope to encourage more women to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the physical sciences and engineering.


Each CBL 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. In addition, each CBL Research Scholar must establish a relationship with a faculty research mentor and be able to commit to a 10-week summer research experience. The mentor must be willing to work with the CBL Research Scholar during the summer and will be asked to write a letter of support.

CBL 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 (trips do not have to occur in the summer). They will be expected to perform 10 weeks of full-time research in the summer and to participate in CBL Research Scholar programming (approximately 5 events) and all assessment activities (surveys and possibly a short interview). The start date is negotiable between the CBL Scholar and faculty mentor, but CBL programming will begin the week of June 4, 2018. Each faculty mentor will receive a $500 stipend for his/her participation.

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:

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

Submission deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Further Information

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Professor Karen Castle, chemistry, at 570.577.3293 or