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Iona Receives Clare Boothe Luce Grant to Support Undergraduate Research Awards for Women

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Iona College a grant of $120,000 through its Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program. The prestigious grant will support CBL Undergraduate Research awards for women who are majoring in the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science - fields where women have been historically underrepresented nationally.
The award will support 24 women over three years, who will immerse in summer research projects for a 10-week period under the close mentorship of Iona faculty. Iona College will provide an additional $30,000, bringing the total offered to $150,000 and resulting in a total of 30 CBL Scholars over the three-year period. In addition, the CBL Scholars will be provided with many avenues to engage in self-exploration, building interpersonal skills and mentoring, to promote the success of more women in these fields.
"This grant will provide a truly transformative experience for our women in science at Iona. Science is all about action. Being able to get involved in research early in their undergraduate career in the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science, will help enhance their confidence and further catalyze their pursuit of excellence both professionally and personally," said Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees endowed professor of science, chair of chemistry, and CBL program director at Iona College. "I am very excited to see the enthusiasm this grant will bring to the campus, not only to women in science but the wider Iona community."
Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. 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 2,300 women. More information can be found on the Foundation website.
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, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at