Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

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.”  For more information on the Program, visit

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

Class of 2021

  • Erica Barrett, Mathematics
  • Kiersten Campbell, Computer Science
  • Kimberly Hadaway, Mathematics/Chemistry
  • Molly Lohss, Geosciences
  • Paige Robichaud, Physics

Class of 2020

  • Nicole Ford, Astrophysics
  • Emmie Hine, Computer Science
  • Grace Murray, Computer Science
  • Louisa Nyhus, Computer Science
  • Katherine Pippenger, Geosciences
  • Teresa Yu, Mathematics

Class of 2019

  • Iona Binnie, Physics
  • Anna Black, Geosciences
  • Anya Michaelsen, Mathematics
  • Cielo Perez, Astrophysics
  • Emily Stump, Physics
  • Linda Zeng, Computer Science

Class of 2018

  • Madeleine Elyze, Mathematics
  • Alyssa Epstein, Mathematics
  • Anna Neufeld, Mathematics
  • Sumun Iyer, Mathematics
  • Eliza Matt, Mathematics
  • Hallee Wong, Physics

Class of 2017

  • Megumi Asada, Mathematics
  • Sarah Fleming, Mathematics
  • Nola Gordon, Computer Science
  • Sierra Jubin, Physics
  • Jamie Lesser, Computer Science
  • Nina Pande, Mathematics
  • Anneliese Rilinger, Astrophysics
  • Vidya Venkatesh, Mathematics

Class of 2016

  • Allison Carter, Physics
  • Xixi Edelsbrunner, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mary Ignatiadis, Geosciences
  • Olivia Meyerson, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Ariel Silbert, Physics
  • Laura Stamp, Geosciences
  • Lauren Yu, Computer Science

Is there an application process?

The application for the Class of 2021 is now closed. Note that there may be additional materials to complete through various departments. Contact the department reps if you have any questions. Good luck!

CBL Information Geosciences 2021

CBL Information Math Stats 2021

CBL Information Astronomy 2021

CBL Information Physics 2021

CBL Information Computer Science 2021

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 past and future years.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

Any woman who is a sophomore planning to major in astrophysics, computer sciences, geosciences, math/stats or physics is eligible for the program, provided she is a U.S. citizen. Also, any student whose post-graduate plans include Medical School is not eligible for the CBL fellowship.

Questions? Contact any of the CBL program departmental representatives:

Astrophysics:  Prof. Marek Demianski

Computer Science:  Prof. Iris Howley

Geosciences:  Prof. Bud Wobus

Math/Statistics:  Prof. Susan Loepp, CBL program co-director

Physics:  Prof. Protik Majumder, CBL program co-director