Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program

Orit Shaer, Claire Boothe Luce Asst. Professor

oritMonday, January 13 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Orit Shaer is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College HCI Lab. Her research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on 3D, tangible, tabletop, and mobile interaction as well as on computer-supported collaborative learning. Her current projects include the design and evaluation of a tabletop user interface for genomic research, and the development of computational tools for enhancing innovation in bio-design.
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To support women who will major in one or more of the following fields:

Astrophysics, Computer Science, Geosciences,

Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics

“Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.”The Luce Foundation Clare Boothe Luce Program

What does the Williams fellowship provide for a CBL scholar?

The fellowship will support two summers of paid research (after sophomore and after junior years).  The support in the junior year comes with the expectation that the student will complete an honors thesis in her senior year.Support also includes funds for scientific supplies, as well as funds to attend a professional conference during your time at Williams. Activities will be organized to bring together this year’s cohort as well as those from future years.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

Any woman who is a sophomore planning to major in one of the above disciplines is eligible for the program, provided she is a U.S. citizen.

Is there an application process?

A student who is interested in being considered for the program must submit a short application (statement of interest and intent) in January. She must declare a major in one of the supported fields in April to be formally elected.

In Spring 2014 we will elect our first cohort of eight CBL scholars.

Application Information (Deadline for submission is February 12, 2014):

Supplemental Department Forms:

Questions?  Contact any of the CBL program departmental representatives: