Xavier awards Clare Boothe Luce science scholarships to three upperclass women students

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Xavier has awarded three female students scholarships for chemistry, computer science or physics studies from the Clare Boothe Luce scholarship program of the Henry Luce Foundation. Students are designated as CBL Scholars for their junior and senior years.

The students, all entering their junior year at Xavier in fall 2013, are the second group to be awarded the Clare Booth Luce scholarships. The first round of scholars was awarded in March 2012 under Xavier’s fourth grant from the Luce Foundation.

This year’s CBL Scholars are Anne Farwick of Cincinnati, studying physics, Alexandra Milliken of South Bend, Ind., studying computer science, and Daniella Patton of Midland, Mich., also studying physics.

“The funding offers us a tremendous opportunity to support the success of female students pursuing degrees and careers in chemistry, computer science and physics,” says Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier.

“Xavier’s emphasis on undergraduate research, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, provides a strong foundation for ongoing study in the sciences.”

More female science graduates of Xavier go on to graduate school and into science careers because they are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research and because of its program for first-year female science majors to learn about research from upperclass women. The University also has a program that brings alumni into the classroom to discuss non-medical science career paths. Of the 12 Xavier women who received full Clare Boothe Luce scholarships under prior grants, nine pursued graduate education in a STEM discipline, and two of them completed PhDs and went into post-doctoral positions, one at Harvard University and one at Vanderbilt University.

Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce 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.