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William Smith Biochemistry Major Receives Xerox Scholarship

A William Smith senior has been selected as a recipient of the 2004-2005 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

(Jan. 19, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.— Hilda Castillo, a William Smith senior, has been awarded the 2004-2005 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship. The award recognizes Castillo’s academic and extracurricular achievements at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Castillo was excited when she learned that she had won the award, crediting her success to her academic dedication and the support of the chemistry faculty.

“I believe that any student’s motivation to succeed is strengthened when someone recognizes his or her accomplishments,” Castillo said.

This past summer, Castillo, a Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, worked in the lab at Cornell University with Carol Parish, associate professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith, and Nobel laureate Professor Roald Hoffmann of Cornell. The group studied the quantum mechanical behavior and the role of tautomerization in enediyne warhead drugs. Castillo and her peers presented their findings at the third national MERCURY meeting and at the 228th American Chemical Society national meeting. Her work was published in the Journal of Molecular Structure this year.

Castillo, of New York, N.Y., a biochemistry major, worked in the lab with Professor Parish in the summer of 2003 as an American Chemical Society Summer Research Fellow and the summer of 2002 as a National Science Foundation Summer Research Fellow. She has presented her findings on both anticancer drugs and HIV drugs at the 48th Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium at SUNY College at Brockport and the 224th National American Chemical Society conference in Boston. Castillo also chaired a session at the 47th Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium, held on the HWS campus.

Castillo is the recipient of several HWS awards such as the First Year Chemistry Achievement Award, the is the recipient of the Drs. Lynn '20 and James '51 Rumbold Memorial Scholarship and the Professor Pim Larson Kovach Award. She is a member of the Colleges’ chemistry club and volunteers on and off campus for several organizations that aid breast cancer research and children with disabilities. Castillo is the daughter of Alex and Felix Castillo. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

The Xerox Technical Minority scholarship program is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in technical fields.