The Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars program supports women majoring in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics at Kenyon College. The aim is to equip high-potential women for success in graduate school and academic careers through engagement in mentored research, networking, and career preparation initiatives.
Each selected scholar receives a $7000 stipend for participating in mentored research Spring-Summer-Fall 2018 ($1000 for research during the spring and fall semesters, and $5000 for the summer session). Scholars earn 0.25 units of credit each semester and receive special mentoring and preparation for graduate school and academic careers via seminars, networking events, and one-on-one advising. Additionally, mentor-scholar teams receive $1000 for research funds to support special computing equipment, software, materials, conference attendance, or travel for each research project.
Scholars engage in research throughout their appointment, beginning in the spring semester (Spring 2018). In addition, scholars participate in special seminars to prepare them academically and professionally. Topics include reading primary literature, scientific writing and oral communication, ethics, and preparation for graduate school and career options.
Scholars are expected to engage in research an average of 4-5 hours per week during the academic year of their appointment (Spring and Fall 2019) and full-time (40 hours per week) for 10 weeks during the summer (Summer 2019). Scholars are also expected to attend designated workshops and seminars. Faculty mentors are expected to participate in faculty development workshops and attend seminars with the scholars. At the conclusion of the project, the mentor-scholar team presents their work at the fall Summer Research poster session during Family Weekend or in the spring at the Celebration for High Impact Practices.
Applicants need to complete an online application by October 1, 2018. The application includes four parts:
By submitting an application, you give us permission to add your transcript to the application for review. Research projects can be inter- or multidisciplinary so long as they include a significant component in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or chemistry, and the student meets the eligibility requirements. Follow-up interviews with student-faculty teams will be conducted during the weeks of October 9th and 16th. Up to six scholars will be selected in the first year of the program based on a sound, well-motivated, clearly articulated proposal with incremental goals that provide growth opportunities for prospective scholars. Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars will be announced by November 1, 2017. Sophomores who successfully complete the program may apply for a second year.
Faculty who are working with or know of a student eligible for this program are encouraged to reach out and invite them to apply for this program. Faculty of scholar-mentor teams will receive a $3000 summer stipend and many opportunities to learn more about best practices for mentoring females in the sciences.