The Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program supports year-long research experiences for women in engineering and the physical sciences. These awards are supported by funding from the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, with the intent of encouraging female students to continue on into graduate research studies. For students who are considering eventually pursuing a doctoral degree after Olin, this is a great opportunity to gain real research experience as an undergraduate. The award provides support to an Olin student for a full year (summer and academic year) of research conducted with an Olin College faculty member.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) enjoyed a long and varied career as a journalist, playwright, congresswoman, ambassador, and presidential advisor. She established this program to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and teach in fields where they continue to be extremely underrepresented: the sciences and engineering. The single largest private source of funding for women in science and engineering, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has thus far recognized and supported more than 1550 women at every level of higher education.

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Submissions from 2016

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Colletidae Research, Christine Dimke

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A Place at the (Inclusive) Table: Observations about Inclusivity and the Question of Who is an Engineer, Mary Martin

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Comparison of Various Methods of Sensing Sail Luffing, Halie Murray-Davis and Andrew Bennett

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Redefining the Engineer: Ability, Textiles, and Engineering at Home, Toni Saylor

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Perching Landing Gear Research, Kelli Shimazu

Submissions from 2015

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A Computational Approach to Working Memory, Gabrielle Ewall

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Piezoelectric Vibrational Sensor for Sail Luffing Detection on Robotic Sailboats, Halie Murray-Davis and David Barrett

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Quantitative Analysis of Various Sail Luffing Sensing Methods, Halie Murray-Davis and Andrew Bennett

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A Thermal Design Strategy for Net-Zero Energy, High-Glazing Buildings in Temperate Climates, Mariko Thorbecke and Carly Ingrao

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Project Eye-Helper An Assistive Technology for Blind Grocery Shoppers, Emily Wang

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Recycling and Degradation of Mechanical Properties in Lowcrystallinity Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate-Co-3-Hydroxyhexanoate), Morgan Zhu and Matt Neal

Submissions from 2014

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Aqueous Vehicle Autonomously Navigating Harbors, Victoria Coleman

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Limit Behavior of the Magnetic Coupling Coefficient for Mid-Range, Near-Field Applications, Emily Guthrie, Anton Frolenkov, and José Oscar Mur-Miranda

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The Impacts of Service Learning on Students and Community Members, Caitrin Lynch, Lynn Andrea Stein, Sharon Grimshaw, Elizabeth Doyle, Lois Camberg, and Ela Ben-Ur

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Laser Cut Like a Boss, Mary Morse

A Thermal Design Strategy for Net Zero High Glazing Buildings in Temperate Climates, Mariko Thorbecke, Carly Ingrao, and Benjamin Linder

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Advanced Prototyping Techniques with Modern Fabrication Methods, Annie Zeng

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Reorganization Behavior in Low Crystallinity Poly(Hydroxybutyrate-Co-Hydroxyhexanoate), Morgan Zhu and Matt Neal