iGem student Rebecca Wolf, a rising senior at Boston University’s College of Engineering, was named the Clare Boothe Luce Scholar for summer 2016. The Clare Boothe Luce Program, named after accomplished playwright, journalist, U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, provides support for women in science, math and engineering.
Wolf says, “I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been named a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar this summer. In a field where there is an overwhelming gender disparity, such a foundation that provides mentorship to women can inspire them to pursue new professional and educational opportunities. From my experience, I would say that most of the learning in a college education happens outside the classroom while engaging in hands-on projects. While working on research with Dr. Douglas Densmore this summer, the Clare Boothe Luce Program’s commitment to supporting this kind of learning through their Undergraduate Research Award is helping me to continue to grow as a student and engineer.”