Loyola receives $500,000 grant to support STEM professors

January 10, 2024

Loyola College, Loyola University Maryland’s school of arts and sciences, was awarded a nearly $500,000 grant by the Clare Boothe Luce program. The five-year grant will go toward hiring two assistant STEM professors from underrepresented groups and supporting them on their tenure path at Loyola. 

“I’m hoping the outcome of the Clare Boothe Luce grant will be an increase in the number of students in underrepresented groups choosing to major in STEM,” said Elizabeth Dahl, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “The last time we won this grant was in 2010 and we saw a similar increase of students in STEM.” 

Dahl and Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and associate vice president for undergraduate academic affairs, applied for the competitive grant together.  

“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of two additional Luce faculty members,” said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of natural and applied sciences. “Not only will they contribute to the diversification of our faculty, but they’ll also play a pivotal role in advancing the growth of our science programs.” 

Applications will be reviewed in fall of 2024 and the new faculty members will start in 2025. 

About Clare Boothe Luce 
Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) was a trailblazer in the arts, journalism and public affairs. Through her bequest, which provides support to women in STEM fields in which they are underrepresented, the Henry Luce Foundation has become the nation’s single largest private source of funding in higher education for women in science, mathematics and engineering. We advance work to close the gender gap in STEM disciplines and across leadership roles in higher education. 

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