Since its initial grants in 1989, the CBL program has become one of the largest sources of private support for women in science, math, and engineering in the United States. WPI first received funding from the program in 2016 when it received $204,000 to promote research by undergraduate women in math, computer science, physics, and robotics engineering, funding eight researchers per year on a period of three years. The success of the undergraduate program and the recent funding of graduate scholars reflect WPI’s commitment to being a campus that values all voices and embraces diversity, providing a welcoming community for women in science and engineering. WPI offers a variety of initiatives aimed at the recruitment, retention and career development of female graduate students, including the Women’s Impact Network as well as various innovative and inclusive community initiatives that are a priority of the Beyond These Towers campaign.
About Clare Boothe Luce
Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, (American magazine magnate who launched Time, LIFE, Fortune and Sports Illustratedlisten)) was a playwright, journalist, United States 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. https://www.hluce.org/programs/clare-boothe-luce-program/.
About the Henry Luce Foundation
Established in 1936, the Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative research, training new leaders and fostering international understanding. The Foundation pursues its mission through grantmaking and leadership programs in Asian studies, higher education, religion and theology, art, and public policy. https://www.hluce.org/