Henry Luce Foundation Grant to Support Science Professorships for Women

February 14, 2018

A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will support an initiative to significantly increase the gender diversity of faculty members across the Physical Sciences Division by 2023.

The five-year, $500,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will fund three Clare Boothe Luce Professorships for women in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics. Additional financial and programmatic support from the Physical Sciences Division and the Office of the Provost will ensure the success of the three new faculty members at the University.

 “We are proud to partner with the Henry Luce Foundation and the Office of the Provost to support women in fields where they are underrepresented,” said Dean Rocky Kolb. “Supporting faculty from a range of backgrounds will increase the rigor of our science, foster new approaches and ideas and enable more discoveries.”

 “The Clare Boothe Luce grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will enable the University to build on its commitment to provide a supportive environment for women in STEM,” said Young-Kee Kim, Chairperson and the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Physics.

Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to the US Congress from the state of Connecticut. The Clare Boothe Luce program, established at the Luce Foundation in 1987, offers research awards and tuition support to prepare young women to study and teach in the STEM disciplines, as well as five-year professorships for women early in their academic careers.

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Department of Physics will immediately begin searches for Clare Boothe Luce Assistant or Associate Professors. More information about the positions can be found at the University of Chicago academic careers website:


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