2015 Clare Boothe Luce Awardees

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is pleased to announce the Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Awards, which support undergraduate summer research projects undertaken by female U. S. citizens.

The Clare Boothe Luce Award was established by Clare Booth Luce, a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. More information can be found on the Luce Foundation website.

Recipients of the Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Awards will be selected from the applicants for summer UROP funding. For information on completing a UROP application, please click here.

Current Awardees

Twelve Clare Boothe Luce Scholars were selected during the summer of 2014:

Allison DurkanCBL Durkan, Allison, a Computer Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Douglas Densmore develop an automated quality management system to provide comprehensive testing of Phagebook, a social networking system for biologists and computer scientists. She will also redesign the graphical user interface to provide an intuitive user experience.
Aubrey Giasson, CBL Giasson, Aubreya Biomedical Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Alison Dennis using quantum dot (QD) and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to improve upon assays used for monitoring paclitaxel concentration in non-invasive samples.
CBL Herman, MollyMolly Herman, a Physics major, will be conducting research with Dr. Larry Sulak focusing on the Compact Linear Collider, a linear electron-positron collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
CBL Hogan, KyleKyle Hogan, a Computer Science major, will be conducting research with Dr. Jonathan Appavoo focusing on the creation of a software system to improve fetal MRI scans.
Tessa Lynch-ColametaCBL Lynch-Colameta, a Chemistry major, will be conducting research with Dr. Aaron Beeler. Lewis’ research will focus on a class of cyclobutane natural products called piperarborenines, which have the potential to be developed into tools for the discovery of new therapuetuic targets for human cancers.
CBL Margolis, EmilyEmily Margolis, a Biomedical Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Joe Tien. Her project will investigate the potential uses of engineered lymphatic vessels in pre-formed channels by measuring the effective drainage distance. The results of this project will support the idea of necessary lymphatics in large-scale engineered tissues and show the length at which seeded channels are necessary for effective drainage.
Emily Misnick, CBL Misnick, Emilya Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Dr. Jeffrey Miller on a project that aims to introduce a new three-dimensional (3D) culture system in order to grow muscle cells obtained from patients with a muscular dystrophy under more physiological conditions. It will also examine mechanisms of pathogenesis in a particular muscle disease called facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).
Abha Patil,CBL Patil, Abha a Biomedical Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Traci Haddock to design, build and test digital logic circuits in Escherichia coli cells.
CBL Rosen, RachelRachel Rosen, a Chemistry major, is conducting research with Dr. Aaron Beeler focused on potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
CBL Ryan, KathleenKathleen Ryan, a Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Dr. Traci Haddock to construct both simple and complex genetic circuits while characterizing their behavior and function. Kathleen will be characterizing inverter logic gates using combinations of repressor-promoter pairs.
CBL Sharma, ShikhaShikha Sharma, a Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Mark Grinstaff on semi-noninvasive ways to treat osteoarthritis.
CBL Young, MayMay Young, a Chemistry major, is conducting research with Dr. John Snyder on developing a vaccine for Hepatitis C.