The Clare Boothe Luce and Ally Research Programs are designed to advance an inclusive community of women engineers, and create a positive environment where all students feel welcome, are full participants, and achieve their goals, without unnecessary barriers.

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.

Research Scholars at Lafayette

Lafayette’s Clare Boothe Luce and Ally Research Scholars (CBL) Program provide paid research opportunities to qualifying students. Students work closely with a faculty research advisor/mentor and are paired with an upper-level student mentor. Programming compliments the research experience with a variety of activities that offer professional development, build community, and encourage all students to share in the responsibility of creating a positive, inclusive environment in which everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Benefits of CBL

Lafayette’s CBL Program seeks to advance a welcoming and inclusive community of women engineers, and support the educational goals of women engineers through research mentorship. Additional benefits include:

  • Stipend ($10-12/hour, 360 hours)
  • Summer 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

CBL and Ally/EXCEL application deadlines: 

Academic year/fall research: Mid-August
Spring research: Mid-January
Summer research: Early March