Collins will work on an organic chemistry synthesis project with Richard Mullins, an assistant chemistry professor. She actually began some work on her project during the current academic semester since she is also a participant in Xavier’s STARS program. Supported by the Ohio Board of Regents, STARS seeks to increase the representation of minorities in the Ohio college professorate. Collins’ project is an extension of the research project started by a current Clare Boothe Luce Scholar.
Moebius will work with Gary Lewandowski, a professor of computer science, on a computational biology problem to understand the transcriptional environment of the Herpes Simplex Virus. She will be developing software that uses DNA data to group genes into sets based on the transcription factors that impact their expression. The approach is an attempt to adapt a technique used to study gene expression in yeast.
It is Xavier’s goal that every female student in chemistry, computer science and physics participates in summer research and presents research at one or more professional meetings. Xavier would also like to see the percentage of women continuing to graduate school in science increase and see more first-year students begin to participate in research.
Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. 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.