PASADENA—Through its Clare Boothe Luce Program, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded $142,100 to Caltech for graduate fellowship support for women.
This award continues support of the Clare Boothe Luce Program at Caltech by providing two two-year fellowships for graduate women. The fellowships will be used to recruit and support outstanding women from an applicant pool of the most talented women in the country who wish to pursue careers in science and engineering. The fellowship program at Caltech has been funded since 1989 and has contributed significantly to the increase in the number of female graduate students.
The Clare Boothe Luce Program, part of the Henry Luce Foundation, began with a bequest from the late Clare Boothe Luce, and is intended "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in fields where there have seemingly been obstacles to their advancement. The fields identified by Clare Boothe Luce include science and engineering.
Founded in 1891, Caltech has an enrollment of some 2,000 students, and a faculty of about 280 professorial members and 284 research members. The Institute has more than 19,000 alumni. Caltech employs a staff of more than 1,700 on campus and 5,300 at JPL.
Over the years, 24 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to faculty members and alumni; and two faculty members and one alumnus have been awarded the Crafoord Prize. Thirty-nine Caltech faculty members and alumni have received the National Medal of Science; and six alumni (two of whom are also trustees), two additional trustees, and one faculty member have won the National Medal of Technology. Since 1958, 13 faculty members have received the annual California Scientist of the Year award. On the Caltech faculty there are 70 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and on the faculty and Board of Trustees, 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 43 members of the National Academy of Engineering.