C. B. Luce Program supports women in science.

Allison Gill ’11 worked at MHC with Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Martha Hoopes, and is now a PhD candidate in biology at Boston University.

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella was a featured speaker at the Clare Boothe Luce Program’s 25th-anniversary celebration on October 20. The program is the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics, and engineering.

“Your grants to support undergraduate scholarship and research have not only enriched the lives of many students and scientists, they also have enhanced our educational institutions—making them more vibrant, inclusive, and generative places to learn,” said Pasquerella. “Having strong support for women in science at colleges and universities helps us all and paves the way for greater participation of women in the STEM workforce.”

Its benefit to Mount Holyoke has been profound, providing funds for the College to appoint 19 early-career women scientists to Clare Boothe Luce professorships. And since 2007, 31 Mount Holyoke students have completed Clare Boothe Luce-supported summer research projects supervised by Clare Boothe Luce faculty.

A video featuring some of those students and faculty shows how the program helps develop the next generation of female scientists. As Mount Holyoke Professor of Biological Sciences Susan Barry says in the video, “It’s important for women to feel they can become scientists. Clare Boothe Luce, by specifically targeting education for women in science and math, helps to do that.”

—By Emily Harrison Weir