Two Science Students at Xavier University Receive Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships

May 5, 2010

Kathleen Baldwin from Naples, ME (04055), and Sarah Prebihalo from Columbus, OH (43221), have been chosen as Clare Boothe Luce Scholars for 2009-2011. Each will receive full tuition, room and board funding, fees, book allowance, conference travel funds and be supported with a salary and living expenses to do research for one summer at Xavier under the direction of a faculty member. Selection is based on academic excellence.

Prebihalo is majoring in chemistry with minors in education and environmental science. She is working this summer with Dr. Richard Mullins, assistant professor of chemistry on an organic chemistry project.

Baldwin is majoring in computer science with minors in business and information technology. She will work on a project at Xavier during the summer of 2010. This summer she is participating in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in computer science at the University of Massachusetts.

It is Xavier’s goal that every female student in chemistry, computer science and physics participate 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 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.