The Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL), the largest source of private funding for women in science, mathematics and engineering, has named five College of Engineering students as recipients of its annual awards for academic excellence and promise.
Second-year PhD student Haiyao (“Cassie”) Huang (ECE), first-year PhD student Alyssa Pierson (ME) and second-year LEAP student Kate Thurmer will receive CBL Fellowships, which are awarded for two academic years to advanced degree candidates. Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition and medical insurance and includes a $19,300 stipend and $4,000 for academic expenses.
Katherine Murphy (EE ’13) and Neha Sharma (ME ’13) will receive CBL Scholar Awards, which support undergraduate summer research projects and are administered through BU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
In establishing the program, Clare Boothe Luce — playwright, journalist, U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut— sought to increase women’s participation in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education. Since its inception in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation has supported more than 1,500 women in academia from undergraduates to associate professors. Boston University is one of 13 educational institutions specifically designated by Luce to receive CBL awards in perpetuity.