William Smith junior selected for nation’s top undergraduate science scholarship
(March 30, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—For the fourth consecutive year, a Hobart and William Smith student has been awarded one of the nation’s top undergraduate scholarships.
Caterina (Cathy) Caiazza, of Rochester, N.Y., has been honored as a 2004 Barry M. Goldwater scholar for her academic achievement in chemistry. The award is presented to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate an interest and outstanding aptitude in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Majoring in chemistry, Caiazza currently is studying inorganic/organometallic chemistry with HWS Professor Christine de Denus. The research is based on synthesizing molecular wire candidates that may have the ability to store more information and data than the silicon chips used in today’s computers and other electronics. She will be continuing this research as an Honors project in the coming academic year.
Peggy Goldwater Clay, chair of the board of trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced that the trustees awarded 310 scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year. Recipients were chosen from a nationwide pool of 1,113 students. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Caiazza intends to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. At HWS, she is a member of the Koshare dance organization, Laurel Honor Society and chemistry club executive board. She also has been on the Day of Service and Orientation committees, and has served as a student representative for faculty hiring.
In 2003, Caiazza worked as an intern for NASA through The Lunar and Planetary Science Institute. She has presented work before the Geological Society of America and the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute. For the past two years, she has been the recipient of the Richard Abbe ’92 and Michael Gantcher ’92 Scholarship.
Caiazza is the daughter of Vincenzo and Mirta Caiazza.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.