Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships

Stevens Receives Grant from Henry Luce Foundation to Award Three Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Student Scholarships in 2014

The Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation supports a limited number of Undergraduate Scholarships for women students pursuing study in STEM fields where women are most underrepresented. It is the largest private fund to support women in STEM. In 2014, Stevens received a grant to award three students full tuition scholarships for the final two years of study to women studying engineering, physics and computer science. Applicants must have declared their academic major, and the scholarship will continue only while that major is sustained. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit; however, financial need may be considered as a factor among well-qualified candidates. Stevens’ Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Scholars will have opportunities for professional and personal development including: undergraduate research and mentoring by outstanding Stevens faculty and participation in a professional conference accompanied by faculty.

Participation in Undergraduate Research
CBL Scholars will be encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, an experience that motivates students to pursue graduate studies. The women faculty listed below are dynamic individuals engaged in ground-breaking research with a passion to nurture new student talent. These faculty have agreed enthusiastically to provide mentoring and supervise undergraduate research for the CBL Scholars interested in their discipline.  If a CBL Scholar is interested in other disciplines, Stevens will identify additional faculty to participate.

  • Dr. Pinar Ackora - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
    Research Interest: Dr. Ackora’s focus is on the development of self-healing materials through Nanotechnology.  Drawing inspiration from nature, Dr. Akcora is using her National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study the self-healing properties of nanoparticles and to develop a foundation for diverse applications in "smart materials" resistant to wear even in hostile environments or conditions.
  • Dr. Adriana Compagnoni – Associate Professor, Computer Science
    Research Interest: Dr. Adriana Compagnoni works on Cybersecurity, and she is a member of the Laboratory for Secure Systems at Stevens.  Her research interest focuses on the application and development of innovative programming language techniques to address security, access control, privacy, and confidentiality issues.
  • Dr. Vikki Hazelwood – Industry Professor in Biomedical Engineering
    Research Interest: Dr. Vikki Hazelwood's emphasis is in Translational Research, with a focus on the development of efficacious medical devices and physiologic methods that improve public health.  Her successes include the clinical use of several developments for minimally invasive evaluation, earlier stage detection of disease, and assistive technologies for the handicapped.
  • Dr. Julie Pullen - Director, DHS Center for Secure & Resilient Maritime Commerce
    Research Interest: Dr. Pullen uses high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling to understand and forecast the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world.  Her research experience encompasses study of the Mediterranean, U.S. east and west coasts and Pacific Island regions, with a particular emphasis on predicting chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) dispersion in coastal cities.
  • Dr. K.P. Subbalakshmi (Suba) – Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Research Interest: Dr. Subbalakshmi works in multimedia communications and networking, source and channel coding, low bit-rate digital video coding, and wireless communications.  Her research focuses on joint source-channel coding, multiple description coding and error-resilient image/video communications.
  • Dr. Svetlana Sukhishvili – Joint Professor of CCBBME & CEMS, Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering
    Research Interest: Professor Sukhishvili advances the understanding of the interfacial properties of water-soluble polymers and principles of macromolecular assembly at interfaces.  She applies this knowledge to produce surfaces with desired properties, such as control of protein and/or nanoparticle attachment, or designed environmental response of surface films.
  • Dr. Hui (Wendy) Wang - Assistant Professor, Computer Science
    Research Interest: Dr. Wang researches innovative methods to improve database management, with a focus on database security and data privacy.  Her research addresses privacy-preserving data publishing, security of outsourced databases, and secure data management in wireless networks. She is also interested in semi-structured databases, data mining, and data management on networks.

Participation in a Professional Conference
Provost George Korfiatis has agreed to provide funding for the CBL Scholars to attend one professional conference during their junior and/or senior year to introduce them to scholarly work in STEM disciplines on a national scale.  CBL Scholars will be accompanied by faculty to facilitate networking and mentoring opportunities that support their personal and professional development. Examples of professional conferences include the Grace Hopper Women in Science Conference, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and others.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Selection Criteria
Selection criteria include the following elements:

  • Woman who is a US citizen, entering her Junior year in Fall, 2014 or Spring 2015 if enrolled in the Stevens Co-op program. (Co-op students must be on schedule to graduate no later than May 2017.)
  • Major areas of study include engineering disciplines, physics, and computer science.
  • Grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Letter of nomination from a faculty member
  • Interest in participating in undergraduate research
  • Personal interview with the Selection Committee

Selection Committee Members
The Selection Committee will include: Dr. Costas Chassapis, Vice Provost for Academics; Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science; Ms. Deborah Berkley, Dean of Student Development and Enrichment Programs; and Ms. Beth Austin DeFares, Director of Education for the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR)

Clare Boothe Luce (1903–1987), the widow of Henry R. Luce was an American playwright, editor, journalist, ambassador, and one of the first women elected to congress. While ambitious about her own career, Mrs. Luce was also eager to encourage women to reach their full professional potential and to explore careers where women have not always been represented. Mrs. Luce created the scholarship in order to urge women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Under the terms of her will, she chose to establish a legacy that would benefit current and future generations of women with talent and ambition in areas where they continue to be severely underrepresented—the sciences and engineering. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.

Stevens Clare Boothe Luce Scholars - Class of 2016

Gabriella Green

Carly LaGrotta

Aleksandra Petelski

On May 12, 2014, Stevens Institute of Technology held a President's Luncheon to recognize the three student recipients of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships, their faculty sponsors, and the commitee members who were involved in the selection of the three students.

(Left) Gabriella Green '16, is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and plans to pursue a Master's and Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is pictured here with President Nariman Farvardin and faculty sponsor Dr. Vikki Hazelwood, Industry Professor in Biomedical Engineering; Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering.

(Center) Carly LaGrotta '16, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and plans to a Master's and Doctoral degree in the area of Nanotechnology. She is pictured here with President Nariman Farvardin and faculty sponsor Dr. Kevin Ryan, Distinguished Service Professor; Department of Technology Management.

(Right) Aleksanda Petelski '16, is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and plans to pursue a Master's and Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is pictured here with President Nariman Farvardin and faculty sponsor Dr. Joseph Glavy, Assistant Professor; Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering.

Class of 2009

Sara James - Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Nicole Migliore - Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 

Class of 2006

Jennifer Kurucz – Computer Engineering
Tracey Ryan – Biomedical Engineering