Branham Wins Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship

Publish Date: 01/06/2009

Computer Science graduate student Stacy Branham has recently been awarded a Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship to pursue her doctoral degree. Branham was one of two doctoral students at Virginia Tech receiving this prestigious and highly competitive fellowship. The Fellowship provides full funding (including a 1:1 match by Virginia Tech)  for four years of study and research at the doctoral level and includes a $3,000 research allowance.

Reflecting on the award, Branham says that "It has been a great honor to receive this award.  Of course, the financial support of the fellowship will allow me to focus on research and strengthen my diversity outreach efforts.  But, it has also given me a rich role model in Clare Boothe Luce; she was truly a remarkable woman by the standard of any era.  I hope to give back to the Virginia Tech and Computer Science communities in a way that might have made her proud."

Since its first grants in 1989 the Clare Boothe Luce Program has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.

Branham was nominated for the award by Marilyn Kershaw (Director, Graduate Student Recruiting for the Graduate School), Naren Ramakrishnan (Associate Head for Graduate Studies in CS), and Scott McCrickard (Branham's CS faculty research advisor)

See: Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship website.