Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Program

Program description

The Clare Booth Luce Research Scholars Program aims to support undergraduate women majoring in engineering and the physical sciences at UCLA. The goal is to train high-potential women to enter graduate school and academic careers with an emphasis on innovative, world-class research in engineering and physical science fields. The Clare Booth Luce Research Scholar is a two year appointment beginning in Winter 2016 and ending in Spring 2018.


The Luce Program provides up to $8,000 per year in stipends for students to engage in research in UCLA laboratories throughout the year. In addition, scholars are funded to present their research at local and national research conferences. A stipend of up to $12,000 is also provided for research supplies. Luce scholars receive special mentoring and preparation for graduate school and research careers via counseling, seminars and additional support.

Program activities

Luce scholars engage in a research laboratory throughout their appointment, beginning the first spring quarter (Spring 2016). In addition, scholars participate in special weekly seminars to prepare them academically and professionally. Topics include reading, writing and presenting science, ethics, lab safety, graduate school and career options. Students will also take the GRE preparation course and exam. In addition, Luce scholars will present their work at various conferences and symposiums. For a more detailed schedule, please see the table below.

Program activities
  Junior Year Senior Year
Fall • Apply • Research
• Apply to Graduate School
Winter • Seminars • Research
Spring • Research
• Write Proposal
• Research
• Seminar-Present Work
• Submit Thesis Paper
Summer • Research Full-Time
• Seminars
• Poster presentation
• GRE Preparation


Luce trainees are expected to engage in an average of 15 hours per week in the research laboratory during the academic year of their appointment and full-time (40 hours per week) during the summer (Summer 2016). Students will take the GRE exam, present their research, and submit a final thesis.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Female
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • UCLA student majoring in one of the following:
    • Astrophysics
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry-Materials Science
    • Physics
  • GPA: minimum 3.3
  • Completed at least 75 units but no more than 120 units

Application Process
Use the URFP application for Clare Boothe Luce application – if you are not awarded a Clare Boothe Luce scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the URFP.

The application is due November 15, 2015. Applications open (approximately) October 2, 2015.

Use the following link to apply: LINK AVAILABLE IN EARLY OCTOBER!

The online application has three parts:
    1. Research Proposal
    2. Personal Statement
    3. Letter of support from faculty member addressed to:

Dr. Patricia Turner
Vice Provost
Office of the Provost and Deans
College of Letters and Science

Please Note:If you have not completed the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts course, you will need to complete the course no later than November 15th to be considered for the Clare Booth Luce/URFP scholarship. Following is the direct link to the course schedule and information on how to register:UCLA Worksafe.
Once you register please forward the registration verification email to so that it can be noted on your application.

Please direct any questions to:
Dr. Devin L. Horton
Clare Booth Luce Administrative Director

Dr. Ni Ni
Clare Booth Luce co-Faculty Director

Dr. Paula Diaconescu
Clare Booth Luce co-Faculty Director