Amherst’s Clare Boothe Luce  Program

Amherst’s CBL program supports women students interested in pursuing a career in the physical sciences or technology fields. Students thinking of majoring in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics are enouraged to join the CBL group. 

CBL Members

As a member of the CBL group, you will:

  • receive emails with academic and career advice
  • get information on special opportunities for research experiences and events to help you explore careers in STEM, and
  • get connected with mentors who will help you navigate your career path.

CBL Research Scholars

Amherst received a Luce Foundation grant to fund research experiences for women who have declared majors in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry (with focus on physical chemistry) computer science, geology, mathematics, physics, or statistics.

The first step for applying for a CBL Research Scholarship is to join the CBL Group.

  • CBL Research Scholars will be CBL members and receive all the benefits of membership
  • CBL Research Scholars will receive a stipend for summer research (that includes a housing and meals allowance), and will be paired with a faculty advisor. 
  •  Research Scholars will engage in either a:
    • 10-week summer research experience or
    • 8-week summer research experience, followed by a 2-week January term experience. 
  • Please note that CBL Research Scholars must be U.S. citizens who identify as women.  

CBL Mentors

CBL mentors work to support students interested in obtaining a PhD in science or pursuing a career in technology. Learn more about research opportunities with CBL mentors. Contact Ashley Carter or Jeanne Weintraub if you are a faculty member interested in becoming a CBL mentor. Learn more about CBL faculty mentors research.

About Clare Boothe Luce

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Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) was a playwright, author, and diplomat who served a term as a US Representative for Connecticut, was US Ambassador to Italy, and received the 1983 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her bequest created a program that is the single largest private source of funding for women in underrepresented fields of science, mathematics, and engineering.