Computer Science & Engineering to offer Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowships

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis will offer two Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowships to support female doctoral students beginning in Fall 2016.

The department received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation to sponsor the fellowships, which provide a $30,000 annual stipend for two years, travel funds and a full-tuition scholarship. Fellows will be selected based on achievement and potential.

Although Computer Science & Engineering has seen steadily increasing female student enrollment in the past decade, these fellowships will further strengthen the department's ability to attract and train outstanding female doctoral students, says Roch Guérin, PhD, department chair and the Harold B. and Adelaide G. Welge Professor of Computer Science. This also will contribute to the broader goals of the Clare Boothe Luce Program and other efforts in the U.S. to increase the numbers of women entering and succeeding in STEM fields, he says.

"Clare Boothe Luce Fellows will benefit from an intellectually stimulating and technically rigorous academic training program that will prepare them to excel in a science or engineering career of their choice," says Aaron Bobick, PhD, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor. "The supportive and collegial environment will provide Fellows with ample opportunities to interact with women faculty and graduate students in CSE, SEAS and across the university."

In addition, the Fellows will help build the pipeline of future students in engineering and computer science by participating in a STEM outreach program for middle school, high school, and K-12 teachers for 20 hours per year.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science had a previous multi-year grant from the Clare Boothe Luce program in 2008 to support undergraduate research experiences for women in engineering.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 88 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, more than 900 graduate students and more than 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Through its strategic grant making dating back to 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. The program is named in honor of, and reflects the vision of Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce. Mrs. 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. Thus far, the program has supported more than 1,900 women in pursuing their education and careers in these fields. The program makes grants in three categories: Undergraduate Awards, Graduate Fellowships and Professorships.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.