Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing the Clare Boothe Luce Program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The CBL Program has become one of the single largest sources of private funding for women’s STEM higher education in the United States. As of 2020, the program has supported more than 2,800 women in STEM through a total of 807 grants to 200 different institutions, including 64 Minority-Serving Institutions.
At Le Moyne College, the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program supports undergraduate women majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics. The program is designed to motivate and prepare high-potential women for success in graduate school and academic or research careers through engagement in mentored research, networking, and career preparation activities.
For more information about Ambassador Luce, please visit the Henry Luce Foundation website.
Current first-year students, sophomores and juniors may apply for summer 2022 or academic year 2022-23 awards; applications are due by March 9, 2022. Please review all of the information below and contact Dr. Dixie Blackley, CBL Program Director, to request an application (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet our CBL Research Scholars
Brittany Cripps '23 is completing a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. In 2021-2022, her research project involves synthesizing and purifying diaromatic urea molecules as potential therapeutics for such central nervous system disorders by modifying substituents on the arene rings. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Joseph Mullins. In addition to her CBL research, Brittany completed an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Syracuse University in summer 2021, doing research on forming holographic gratings by photopolymerization for quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor applications. After graduation, Brittany plans to attend graduate school for chemistry and then work in the forensic science field. Click here to learn more about Brittany's experience as a 2021-2022 CBL Research Scholar.
Isabela Fernandez '22 is completing a major in chemistry and a minor in psychology. As a 2021-2022 CBL Scholar, she applied principles of rational drug design in an effort to find curcumin derivatives that are effective against a treatment-resistant form of breast cancer. In 2022-23, she is building on this work with a continued focus on synthesizing curcuminoids and method development. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Joseph Mullins. After graduation, Isabela plans to attend graduate school for synthetic organic chemistry and then pursue a career in higher education or in the pharmaceuticals or skincare/cosmetics industry. Click here to learn more about Isabela’s experience as a 2020-2021CBL Research Scholar.
Bryanna Howes '23 is completing a major in chemistry and a minor in criminology. In 2021-2022, her research involves creating a ligand to produce complexes with various metals used for a thin film electronic chip found in all electronics, including mobile phones and laptops. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Anna O’Brien. In addition to her CBL research, Bryanna participated in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Syracuse University in summer 2021 where she worked on Air Force-funded research for gunshot wound technology and assisted with a project on a hydrogel for Crohn’s fistulas. After graduation, Bryanna plans to pursue a master’s degree in Forensic Science through Le Moyne’s 4+1 partnership with Syracuse University and then work as a forensic toxicologist. Click here to learn more about Bryanna's experience as a 2021-2022 CBL Research Scholar.
Ashley Lojko '22 is completing a major in chemistry and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. In 2021-2022, her research project examines biochemical processes related to the cyclization between bi-functional maleimide linker and peptides. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Emily Harcourt. In addition to Ashley's CBL research, she worked virtually in a biochemistry lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University in spring 2021 and participated in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at the University of Southern Mississippi in summer 2021 working on an organic synthesis research project. After graduation, Ashley plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and a career in research, possibly as a college professor. Click here to learn more about Ashley's experience as a 2021-2022 CBL Research Scholar.
Eva Keohane '21 completed a major in chemistry and minors in biology and mathematics. In 2020-2021, her research focused on developing a compound that can be used for metal organic chemical vapor deposition in the formation of electronic thin films. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Anna O'Brien. Eva is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Colorado State University. Click here to learn more about Eva's experience as a 2020-2021 CBL Research Scholar.
Isabela Fernandez '22 is completing a major in chemistry and a minor in psychology. In 2020-2021, her research applied principles of rational drug design in an effort to find curcumin derivatives that are effective against a treatment-resistant form of breast cancer. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Joseph Mullins. Isabela will continue as a CBL Research Scholar in 2021-2022. Click here to learn more about her experience as a 2020-2021 CBL Research Scholar.
Amber Ford '20 completed a major in chemistry and minors in biology and music. In 2019-2020, her research investigated the antimicrobial effects of symmetrical and asymmetrical curcuminoids attached to specific linker peptides. Her faculty mentors were Dr. Joseph Mullins and Dr. Emily Harcourt. Amber is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Syracuse University.