Hobart junior selected for nation’s top undergraduate science scholarship
GENEVA, N.Y.–Max Macaluso ’06 has been awarded one of the nation’s top undergraduate science scholarships, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This is the fifth time in six years that a Hobart and William Smith Chemistry student has earned this prestigious national award.
The Goldwater Scholars for 2005 were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,091 sophomores and juniors in mathematics, science and engineering who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Macaluso is among 239 science majors selected. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
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 and 2004 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 was the first author on a publication describing his results in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, along with Carol Parish, associate professor of chemistry at the Colleges, Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Laureate and professor of chemistry at Cornell University and Larry Scott, professor of chemistry at Boston College. Max plans to complement his theoretical experience with synthetic work this summer in the research laboratory of Peter Schreiner at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
“He is one of the most engaged, creative and disciplined scientists that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Even as an undergraduate, Max has demonstrated the ability, dedication and maturity that one needs to make exceptional contributions to science,” says Parish.
The son of Nicholas and Grace Macaluso of Canandaigua, N.Y., Macaluso is a biochemistry major with 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 was recently awarded a grant from the American Cancer Association for Cancer Research and has received the Phi Phi Delta Scholarship, the CRC First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award and the PolyEd Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry.
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.
Recent Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win 58 Rhodes Scholarships, 72 Marshall Awards (6 of the 40 awarded in the U.S. in 2005) and numerous other distinguished fellowships.