Biochemistry Major Awarded Cancer Research Grant – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Biochemistry Major Awarded Cancer Research Grant

Hobart junior receives funding to attend cancer research conferences

(Feb. 8, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–Max Macaluso '06 was recently awarded a grant from the American Association for Cancer Research. The Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award for Undergraduate Students provides full-time, third year undergraduate students with the funding to attend two consecutive AACR annual meetings, intended to inspire the student to enter the field of cancer research. The award only requires that the students attend the events and submit to annual reports each year, commenting on the AACR sessions and detailing their scientific pursuits.

“This basically enables me to see what other cancer researchers are working on. I will be able to see talks and attend poster sessions given by cancer researchers. I hope to pursue a career in cancer research, so this meeting will be very exciting for me,” said Macaluso.

Macaluso's work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has revolved around cancer research. He spent the summers of 2003 and 2004 studying the electronic structure of anti–cancer enediyne warhead drugs and the role that tautomerization plays in the cyclization. He presented the results of his study at the 2003 MERCURY supercomputer conference at Hamilton College, at the 2004 national American Chemical society meeting in Philadelphia and in numerous regional and local forums. In 2004, Macaluso and Carol Parish, associate professor of chemistry at the Colleges, had the results of their cancer research published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Macaluso is proud of his successes, but points out that he wouldn't be where he is without the guidance of Parish, his mentor.

“The research experience I have had with Professor Parish over the past two and a half years makes me want to pursue cancer research,” he said. “She is a great mentor, professor, and research adviser, and she has given me so many great opportunities. She also makes the lab environment fun, and we all have a great time.”

The son of Nicholas and Grace Macaluso of Canandaigua, N.Y., Macaluso is also an environmental studies minor. He is the recipient of a 2003 Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science Summer Research Fellowship, as well as a 2004 Patchett Summer Research Fellowship. A Hobart Dean's Scholar, Macaluso has received the CRC First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award, the Phi Phi Delta Scholarship and the PolyEd Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry.