2014 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:

Anna ImpastatoAnna Impastato, a Chemistry major, will be conducting research with Dr. John Snyder to create a library of new chemical molecules that can be screened for potential bioactivity.
Alison Kendler, Alison Kendlera Computer Science major, will be conducting research with Dr. Sharon Goldberg to investigate methods for creating improved online security, using a technique called Certificate Hierarchies.
BethanyLamoureuxBethany Lamoureux, a Chemistry major, will be conducting research with Dr. Larry Ziegler to investigate the properties of carbon dioxide gas as a solvent for potential industrial applications.
Elizabeth LaneAnnie Lane, a Computer Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Ayse Coskun to incorporate data centers into the development of a dynamic power control policy in order to optimize energy use and minimize energy costs.
Kathleen LewisKathleen Lewis, a Biomedical Engineering major, will be conducting research with Dr. Traci Haddock. Lewis’ research is part of the BU iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition team. This team is using recombinant DNA techniques to engineer novel artificial genetic circuits in the new research area of synthetic biology.
Kai Ying Lin, a Chemistry major, 1400086931is conducting research with Dr. Assen Marintchev to use a biophysical method (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) to look at the structure of a protein involved in gene expression in cells.
Amy Ly, Amy Lya Chemistry major, is conducting research with Dr. John Snyder to explore chemical modification approaches to change the structure and activity of a library of natural product compounds.
Emily Mitsock,Emily Mitsock a Chemistry major, will be conducting research with Dr. Scott Schaus to synthesize improved forms of “cement” for various applications in dental procedures.
1400087126Cynthia Pyles, a Chemistry major, is conducting research with Dr. Larry Ziegler to analyze biomolecules secreted from different types of cells, for possible chemical diagnostic improvements.
Maya Saint GermainMaya Saint Germain, a Computer Engineering major, is conducting research with Dr. Syed Nawab to develop a computer program for improved voice detection, specifically, she is attempting to develop a program that will suppress noise pollution and will uniquely enable the extraction of voice sounds.
Stephanie ShternbergStephanie Shternberg, a Chemistry major, is conducting research with Dr. Sean Elliott to study enzyme-substrate interactions of a bacterial protein with the ultimate goal of developing improved antibiotics.
1400087608Rebecca Thompson, a Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Joe Tien to develop lymphatic microvessels on chemical, artificial scaffolds. Such studies can lead to the development of engineered tissues for human patient therapy.