2010 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.

Summer 2010

Seven Clare Boothe Luce Scholars were selected during the summer of 2010:

braff_picturePamela Braff, a marine science major, is working with Dr. John Finnerty (Biology) to study the toxic effects of ammonia on the development and survival of the model organism anemone Nematostella vectensis. 

Lucy FlynnLucy Flynn, a Biology major specializing in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics, is conducting research with Professor Ulla Hansen (Biology) to understand how the transcription factor LSF regulates cell cycle progression. This research may be relevant to understanding liver oncogenesis and developing chemotherapeutics for hepatocellular carcinoma.
Jane FominaYevgenia (Jane) Fomina, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, is conducting research under Professor Sean Elliott to examine the biophysical properties of the E.coli enzyme quinol peroxidase (QPO) that is responsible for the conversion of hydrogen peroxide to water using heme co-factors. The project focuses on determining the role of the third heme in the cytochrome-c peroxidase (CCP) using protein film voltammetry, activity assays, and mutagenesis techniques. Characterization of the E.coli cytochrome-c peroxidase quinol interaction and identification of the quinol binding site is important
to its potential as an antimicrobial drug target.”
Alessandra ForcucciAlessandra Forcucci, a Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Professor Sean Andersson (Mechanical Engineering) to experimentally study his FluoroBancroft algorithm,based on Bancroft’s algorithm, which is used in the Global Position System. FluroBancroft provides a faster, more accurate alternative to the traditional Gaussian profile fitting method for single particle tracking of a fluorescent molecule, an invaluable tool in the fields of biology and engineering.

megan garlandMegan Garland, a Chemistry major, will attempt to determine the three-dimensional structure of a protein that is important for the formation of the nuclear envelope, a key cellular component. She works under mentor Dr. Karen Allen.

KGillman_awardphoto1Katherine Gillman, a Biology major specializing in Ecology and Conservation Biology, is working with Dr. Tom Kunz (Biology) to understand the impacts of White-Nose Syndrome on summer maternity colonies of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) in Massachusetts.

Katheryn RothenbergKatheryn Rothenberg, a Biomedical Engineering major, is conducting research with Dr. Michael Smith (Biomedical Engineering) on developing and implementing a more accurate technique for measuring cellular traction forces on hydrogels.

Information on previous Clare Boothe Luce Scholars can be found here.