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2018 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Announced

5/1/2018
Sunghee Lee, Ph.D. in the lab with a student.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona College is pleased to announce the selection of undergraduate students for the Clare Boothe Luce Research (CBL) Scholar award for Summer 2018.

The CBL research scholars are a prestigious group of women undergraduates. The awards recognize the students' academic accomplishments and provide them with the opportunity to deepen their education by working on an advanced research project in computer science, mathematical sciences, or physical science. Each student will work closely with a faculty research mentor throughout the award period.

The award is enabled by a grant awarded to Iona College from the Henry Luce Foundation to support Iona women undergraduate students who are majoring in the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science – fields where women have been historically underrepresented nationally. Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering in the United States.

Name Major Year Research Project Mentor
Amanda Aebig Computer Science Junior Machine learning to aid in authorship attribution of 18th Century political writing Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., Computer Science
Naomy De Los Santos Chemistry Junior Developing and characterizing antibody-polymer conjugates Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., Biochemistry
Maria DiBella Chemistry Junior Synthesis and characterization of new water-soluble N-heterocyclic carbene ligands Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry
Alyssa-Marie Gayapa ACS Chemistry Junior Biophysical studies of model cellular membranes and interaction with small molecules Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
Willow Held-Pistone Physics Junior Analysis of spectral and spatial images of the atmosphere of Mars Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., Physics
Kathryn Kenny Computer Science Sophomore Advancing refactoring technologies in the area of software engineering Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science
Brona O'Sullivan ACS Chemistry Junior Investigation of thermotropic and structural properties of liposomes Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
Ileana Palesi Computer Science Junior Simulation of Cisplatin and its analogues using Molecular Dynamics Mychel Varner, Ph.D., Computational Chemistry
Marnie Skinner Biochemistry Sophomore Interactions of graphene-based 2D nanomaterials with model cell membranes: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
Kara Wilson Mathematics Sophomore Statistical prediction of likely outcomes using probabilistic and linear algebra techniques. Benjamin Gaines, Ph.D., Mathematics

ABOUT IONA: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona’s 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. Recent significant College announcements include the appointment of a new dean of the business school, plans for a new, state-of-the-art school of business facility and the establishment of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.