Since its inception in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has been one of the most significant sources of support for women seeking to study or teach science, engineering, and mathematics.

Named for the remarkable Clare Boothe Luce, journalist, politician, U.S. Ambassador, and public figure, the Clare Boothe Luce Program awards grants to U.S. colleges and universities to support and encourage women in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields.

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program at Lafayette

Lafayette’s Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Research Scholars Program is a 10-week summer research opportunity comparable to the EXCEL Research Scholars Program. Students work with a faculty research advisor/mentor and are paired with an upper-level student mentor.

During the academic year, scholars collaborate with Lafayette’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to organize and participate in forums and events. The CBL Research Scholars actively participate in the Engineering Open House and Experience Lafayette College events. SWE members and CBL Research Scholars host multi-day campus “shadowing” visits with high-school girls with interest in engineering.

Additional CBL Research Scholars Program Benefits

  • 10-week summer stipend ($10-12/hour, 360 hours) and campus housing
  • Expenses for research supplies, materials and support for travel to professional conferences is available
  • Visits to university and industry research laboratories, participation in national and regional professional conferences, meetings with CBL professors to learn about post-graduate education and career opportunities

Application Process

The CBL application process is consistent with the EXCEL application process. Eligible students interested in applying should first seek out a faculty member conducting research in the student’s area of interest and connect with the faculty member. Students should then submit a written application to including a personal statement (what, how, who, why) along with a recommendation from any faculty member. Note that the recommendation does not need to be written by the faculty member with whom the student will be working on the research.

Faculty members please note: The CBL application does not count against the EXCEL allotment. Please denote CBL in “alternate source of funding.”

  • CBL DEADLINE – Spring