Undergraduate Women in Math and Sciences Earn Clare Boothe Luce Research Awards

Student Achievements, Academics

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – In keeping with its strategic goals of creating more opportunities for student success and of investing in its science programs, Iona College is pleased to announce the selection of seven undergraduate students for the prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Research (CBL) Scholar awards for Summer 2019.

The CBL research awards recognize the accomplishments of a group of women undergraduates 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.

"I secured the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Research Scholarship for Iona College in 2018, with the goal of expanding the catalytic impact that undergraduate scholarly activities have made all across the campus, instilling into future generations of students the value of scholarly and creative endeavor," said Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor. "This award of $120,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation supports Iona women undergraduate students who are studying in fields where women have been historically underrepresented."

"This summer is the second year of this prestigious grant, and I am very proud to name seven highly qualified women scientists as CBL Research Scholars," Dr. Lee added. "These students will be deeply involved in scholarly activities with Iona faculty all throughout the summer 2019. I am confident that all CBL scholars at Iona will blossom into life-long learners who value inquisitiveness and knowledge."

Dr. Lee has worked tirelessly and successfully to bring Iona undergraduates, particularly women, into the sciences and has provided students with extensive professional experiences, such as publication of their work, research with scientists and professors, and access to grants and awards.

2019 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars:

Althea Chokwe
Class of 2022

Major: Computer Science
Mentor: Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science


Frances Hoey
Class of 2022

Major: Mathematics and Physics
Mentor: Abigail Bishop, Ph.D., Mathematics and Physics


Kathryn Kenny
Class of 2020

Major: Computer Science
Mentor:Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science


Summer Pabon
Class of 2021

Major: Chemistry
Mentor:Marius Draeger, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry


Dennise Romero
Class of 2020

Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry


Marnie Skinner
Class of 2020

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry


Samantha Zurbriggen
Class of 2022

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry


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