Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) can best be described as multi-talented, enterprising, and hard-working. She was an associate editor for Vanity Fair. She played an active role in the Suffrage movement. She was a playwright with an Oscar nomination. She was the U.S. Ambassador to Italy. She served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the Reagan Administration. She played a key role in establishing the Atomic Energy Commission. Posthumously, she continues to be an advocate for women in science, mathematics, and engineering. Since 1989, 2955 women have received funding under the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM.
This photo is from the National Women's Hall of Fame, into which Clare Boothe Luce was inducted in 2017.
2022 Undergraduate Research Awardees
Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Zhang
Project: Immuno-anti Infection Approach to Fighting Super-Bacterial Infections
Faculty Mentor: Kristin Kulas
Project: Investigating Varying Position Angles in Orion Bar Using Multi-band Polarimetric Data
Faculty Mentor: Ángel Islas
Project: Comparative analysis of leukocyte telomere shortening and glial telomere shortening in normal
and disease-like conditions
Faculty Mentor: Brian Bayless
Project: The Genetic Link between Epilepsy and Motile Cilia
Faculty Mentor: Behnam Dezfouli
Project: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Enhancing the Energy Efficiency and Timeliness of WiFi IoT Systems
Faculty Mentor: Steven Suljak
Project: Isolating Aptamers for Cancer-linked Glycosylations of Protein Biomarkers Using Capillary Electrophoresis Selection
Faculty Mentor: Michelle McCully
Project: The Relationship Between Thermostability and DNA-Binding Function in Engineered Variants of EnHD and UVF
Faculty Mentor: Ben Stokes
Project: Synthesis and Exchange Studies of New Promesogenic Nanoparticle Ligands
Faculty Mentor: Yuhong Liu
Project: Detecting Misinformation on Social Media Platforms using Machine Learning with major focus on dynamic social features
Faculty Mentor: Brian Bayless
Project: Functional characterization of Tetrahymena ciliary protein MIP Rib43a
Faculty Mentor: Laura Cocas
Project: The Role of Synaptic Adhesion Proteins in Glial Maturation, Neuronal Glial Connectivity, and Myelination
Faculty Mentor: Grace Stokes
Project: Studies of Peptoid Monolayers Provide Molecular Insight into Potential Biomaterials
CBL Awardee 2021-2022
"The impact of this research project resonates with my personal mission of bettering communities with technology, and I am grateful to have had this experience. Working with graduate and PhD students on this project, attending conferences, and networking with people in the industry of IoT has offered me a deeper insight and opportunity to grow as a researcher. This research opportunity has also provided me with useful experience, such as writing a research paper and presenting our work, that I will take into my career as an engineer."
CBL Awardee 2020-2023
"As a recipient of the CBL Undergraduate Research Scholarship, I have enhanced my laboratory skill set tenfold and been equipped with a deeper understanding of what research entails...Additionally, by reducing financial concerns, this award has given me more time to follow my curiosity and practice discernment about my current trajectory. Lastly, CBL is a prestigious award with name recognition and catalyzes the dialogue I have with future employers and/or those in higher education."
Current and Former CBL Professors
Undergraduate researchers are welcome to apply through our portal, the Single Application for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (SAURO).
By applying through a University-wide, single application portal with a common set of guidelines, research proposals will be evaluated for quality prior to consideration for specific grants and awards for which the student and research project may be eligible
CBL Undergraduate Researchers are required to submit an annual report. Direct any questions regarding this annual report to Nikki Meshkat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow this streamlined process to upload your report:
- Review the questions that will be asked on the report using this link.
- Use this Qualtrics link to submit your annual report on or before August 1.
- A copy of the report will be sent to your personal email. Additionally, a copy will be sent to your Faculty Mentor for review. Your Faculty Mentor will receive instructions regarding how to approve or revise your report.
- If revisions to your report are needed, you will receive an email from Nikki Meshkat.