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Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Undergraduate Research Awards

Programs and Benefits

MAOP is fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program to support up to eight female undergraduates with research funding for the summer and following academic year. The goal of the program is to assist in diversifying the fields in the physical sciences and engineering and to encourage women to pursue research careers in those fields. Students in the following disciplines are eligible to participate in the program:

  • College of Engineering-Aerospace, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Industrial and Systems, Materials Science, Mechanical, Mining and Minerals, and Ocean
  • College of Science-Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics


Students selected to participate will receive the following:

  1. Full-time, 10 week summer research experience with stipend ($7250/summer)
  2. Program continues during the 2020-2021 academic year with research stipend ($500 per month)
  3. Research and graduate school preparation activities during summer and academic school year
  4. Networking and mentor opportunities throughout the program
  5. Program is May 2020- May 2021



  • To be eligible for the Clare Boothe Research Award, students must be:
  • US Citizens or Permanent Resident and Female
  • Declared major in one of the departments listed above
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Planning to purse graduate education
  • Cannot be interested in a career in medicine
  • Currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, or junior at Virginia Tech
  • Availability to participate in research during the summer 2020 at Virginia Tech
  • Continued enrollment for Fall 2020 through Spring 2021 (May 2020- May 2021)
  • Participants cannot be enrolled in summer course 



Before beginning the application, you need to have the contact information for two references and a copy of your unoffical transcript to upload to the application.  This will be in the application. Also, please complete the following, which you can cut and paste into your application:

  • Please provide a biographical sketch describing past activities, hobbies, and opportunities that have shaped you. Include information regarding what motivated you to purse a degree in science or engineering. Please include any challenges that you have had to overcome. (250-500 words)
  • Please describe your post graduation plans for entering the workforce or graduate school and how participating in the Luce program would assist you in assisting those goals. (250-500)
  • Please provide tentative details on a proposed research project, including the faculty mentor's name and proposed project title.


Please contact the MAOP Office with any questions. 

Dates of the Progam

May 24, 2019- May 2021

The application for the 2020-2021 Luce Research Program will be available in December 2019 and due March 30, 2020.  

The application for 2020-2021 is now closed.