St. Paul, Minn. – The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. has awarded Macalester College a grant in the amount of $228,792 through their Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program. Macalester’s award will support Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Awards for women who are majoring in computer science.

The award supports 24 women over a period of three years, or eight students each year, who will engage in summer research projects for a 10-week period with computer science faculty. Macalester’s program focuses on first and second year students because experiences such as these position students for a wide range of options during their undergraduate careers as well as post-graduation.

“The Clare Boothe Luce Program grant will provide transformative research experiences for women at Macalester,” said Computer Science Professor Shilad Sen, who is overseeing the program. “My colleagues and I can’t wait to collaborate with these 24 research scholars, and we’re grateful that the CBL program has recognized and rewarded the strong work by the women in our department. Computer science offers spectacular career possibilities, and this award will prepare women to be successful in it.”

Students will carry out hands-on research related to parallel computer applications, artificial intelligence, data science, social computing, virtual reality, or 3-D human-computer interaction. Students will also learn basic research skills, gain experience collaborating in a team, and become more knowledgeable in modern software development practices. The students will work alongside and learn from enthusiastic computer science faculty, who will encourage and nurture them through their research experiences.

The computer science program is part of Macalester’s Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) department, the largest at the college.

Since its first grants in 1989, The Clare Boothe Luce Program has supported women in science, mathematics and engineering since 1989. Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, (American magazine magnate who launched Time, LIFE, Fortune and Sports Illustrated) 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. Thus far, the program has supported more than 1900 women.

February 1 2017

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