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New Bellarmine Grant to Support Women in Science

Female undergraduates pursing science degrees at Bellarmine University  will get additional support under a new grant.

The Clare Booth Luce Program will provide stipends to 10 women who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, geology, computer science, physics or environmental science.

Bellarmine geosciences professor Kate Bulinski said her undergraduate students are fairly evenly split between men and women, but that gender divide gets starker after graduation.

“The further that you go up the ladder in academia, the less and less women you see making it up the ladder,” she said.

Bulinski said the new program will fund summer research by female students, making it possible for them to focus on the research and not worry about finding a part-time job. She said this support will hopefully give the students a solid foundation to base their future careers.

“We want to be able to give these female students a chance to have those research experiences that are essential for allowing them to achieve what they want, to get to the graduate schools that they want, to be able to pursue the research that they’re interested in,” she said.

There will be two cohorts of five students each, and each student will be involved with the program for two years. The first cohort begins in September.

Erica Peterson is WFPL's Director of News and Programming.