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2018 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Announced

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

Student Achievements

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.

2018 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars

Amanda Aebig

Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior
Research Project Machine learning to aid in authorship attribution of 18th Century political writing
Mentor: Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., Computer Science


Naomy De Los Santos

Major: Chemistry
Year: Junior
Research Project Developing and characterizing antibody-polymer conjugates
Mentor: Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., Biochemistry


Maria DiBella

Major: Chemistry
Year: Junior
Research Project Synthesis and characterization of new water-soluble N-heterocyclic carbene ligands
Mentor: Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry


Alyssa-Marie Gayapa

Major: ACS Chemistry
Year: Junior
Research Project Biophysical studies of model cellular membranes and interaction with small molecules
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry


Willow Held-Pistone

Major: Physics
Year: Junior
Research Project Analysis of spectral and spatial images of the atmosphere of Mars
Mentor: Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., Physics


Kathryn Kenny

Major: Computer Science
Year: Sophomore
Research Project Advancing refactoring technologies in the area of software engineering
Mentor: Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science


Brona O'Sullivan

Major: ACS Chemistry
Year: Junior
Research Project Investigation of thermotropic and structural properties of liposomes
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry


Ileana Palesi

Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior
Research Project Simulation of Cisplatin and its analogues using Molecular Dynamics
Mentor: Mychel Varner, Ph.D., Computational Chemistry


Marnie Skinner

Major: Biochemistry
Year: Sophomore
Research Project Interactions of graphene-based 2D nanomaterials with model cell membranes
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry


Kara Wilson

Major: Mathematics
Year: Sophomore
Research Project Statistical prediction of likely outcomes using probabilistic and linear algebra techniques
Mentor: Benjamin Gaines, Ph.D., Mathematics


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