New Scholarships to Expand Horizons for Duquesne’s Female STEM Students

To encourage and help prepare women to excel in science, mathematics and engineering, the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM has awarded $300,000 in scholarship grants to Duquesne University.To encourage and help prepare women to excel in science, mathematics and engineering, the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM has awarded $300,000 in scholarship grants to Duquesne University.

The University's Women in STEM (WIS) Committee spearheaded Duquesne's CBL program application and will administer the grant, which will provide undergraduate scholarships to four females majoring in mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering, physics, or chemistry over a three-year period. In addition to the scholarship, Clare Boothe Luce Scholars will also receive mentorship and funding to support their participation in the University's Undergraduate Research Program.

The first two scholars will be announced in spring 2021 with two additional scholars announced in spring 2022. Further information on awardee eligibility and responsibilities is noted on the WIS webpage. Scholarship applications will be accepted through March 31.

As part of Duquesne's legacy in providing equity and opportunity to the region, WIS promotes and supports women and girls in basic and applied sciences through mentorship, educational outreach to K-12 schools and award programs that enable faculty and students to attend and present at research conferences. Since the pandemic, the group has continued to offer all of their programs virtually.

"We thank the Clare Boothe Luce program for their generous support," said Dr. Rachael Neilan, associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Duquesne and chair of WIS. "Women are still underrepresented in many scientific fields. These scholarships will provide students with financial and professional support to prepare for exciting STEM careers."

The Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM was established to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, mathematics, and engineering. Since its first grants in 1989, the program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in STEM in higher education in the United States.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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